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After the first campus-wide Teach-In on Social Justice in Spring 2017, a group of faculty and staff began developing a Safe Space Ally Training Program. The purpose of this program is to help faculty/staff develop the necessary knowledge, skills, and resources to make our campus more welcoming and more inclusive to LGBT+ individuals and communities.
In November 2017, we hosted our first Safe Space Ally Training session with the help of the chief diversity officer at St. Norbert College. Out of this program, 20 individuals became designated "Safe Space Allies." In Spring and Summer 2018, a group of committed BenU faculty, staff, and students developed our own training program, inspired by the program at St. Norbert College and adapted to the needs of our campus. We hosted a second Safe Space Ally Training session in August 2018, giving another 20 individuals the opportunity to become designated allies.