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University of New Orleans: Safe Space

Safe Space Allies Program

A Safe Space is a welcoming, supportive and safe environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex and queer (LGBTQIQ) students. According to the Campus Pride 2010 National College Climate Survey (Rankin, S., Weber, G., Blumenfeld, W. & Frazer, S.; 2010), “the overwhelming majority of LGBTQQ students, of every race, color and ethnicity, report harassment, isolation and fear on their college campuses” with transmasculine, transfeminine and gender non-conforming students being the “most likely to experience overt and blatant oppression and hostility.” The primary goal of UNO's Safe Space/Allies program is to provide a network of students, staff, and faculty committed to providing support to LGBTQIQ individuals and their allies at UNO and beyond.

In order to achieve this goal, the program aims to:

  • Identify and mobilize a network of people who are empathetic and knowledgeable about LGBTQIQ issues and concerns. The safe space training will emphasize knowledge about campus and community resources as well as counseling/helping skills, as well as ways to engage in meaningful allyship
  • To provide evidence of LGBTQIQ support by displaying a sign as a visible symbol of personal commitment.\
  • To reduce the fear and discrimination of LGBTQIQ persons within the UNO community as well as support an increase of resources, programs and services for LGBTQIQ persons within this community

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UNO Non-Discrimination Policy

The University of New Orleans is a multicultural community composed of diverse students, faculty, and staff. A fundamental principle of the University of New Orleans is that there be an environment of mutual tolerance and respect, which is free of hostility toward, discrimination against, or harassment of any person based on race, color, religion, sex, disability, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, or any other status protected by law. Every member of the university community is held strictly accountable for his or her behavior with regard to this standard.