S.A.F.E. Ally Training
The Students, Staff, Administrators & Faculty for Equality (S.A.F.E) Program at the University of Michigan-Dearborn provides an avenue through which all people can actively show their support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. This program is a collaboration between the University of Michigan-Dearborn Student Activities Office and the Spectrum Center at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.
S.A.F.E. Program participants (or "allies") are identified by their displayed UM-Dearborn S.A.F.E. placard in their work/office space. By displaying the S.A.F.E. placard, they are visually representing that they are committed to providing a safe haven, a listening ear, and support for anyone dealing with issues related to sexual orientation or gender identity. Students and employees will know that it is safe to be themselves and to talk about issues involving this aspect of their lives.
In order to be a UM-Dearborn S.A.F.E. Ally, interested persons must attend a two-hour session that includes information about the S.A.F.E. Program, explains what it means to be an ally, and identifies campus and community resources available to LGBT people. The session emphasizes that this program is not meant to be a substitution for the Counseling Center, nor are allies being trained as counselors. The UM-Dearborn S.A.F.E. Program is designed as a resource and referral program only.
For more information about the S.A.F.E. program, or to schedule a S.A.F.E. training, contact the the Office for Student Engagement at (313) 593-5390.