December 14, 2018

Safe Zone Spring programs

Safe Zone, UMW’s LGBTQ+ education and advocacy program, is excited to announce that we will be offering several programs early in the Spring semester. The programs and descriptions are listed below.

Faculty/Staff Spring Book Club: We will be reading Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel called “Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic.” We will discuss the book during one session on Wednesday, Jan. 30 from 4 to 6 p.m. This program is open to all faculty and staff, but registration is required and space is limited. The book will be provided for free to the first 15 participants who register. To register, please email Laura Wilson, lwilson5@umw.edu.

Identity and Intersectionality Workshop: This is a repeat offering of the training that was held during pre-week in August. The workshop will be on Tuesday, Jan. 22 from 2 to 5 p.m. It is open to any faculty or staff interested in learning about and discussing issues related to social group identities. The topics will include privilege, power, oppression, prejudice, diversity, cultural competency, intersectionality, and allyship. The goal of the workshop is to encourage participants to engage in self-reflection in order to strengthen their role as an ally for students of all identities. If you are interested in attending this workshop, please email Laura Wilson at lwilson5@umw.edu. Space is limited and registration is required.

Basic Faculty/Staff Safe Zone Workshop: This workshop is geared toward faculty and staff who would like to be more informed allies to the LGBTQ+ community on our campus. The workshop will be on Wednesday, Jan. 23 from 8 to 10:30 a.m. It is an introductory workshop that focuses on terminology, issues related to privilege, increasing awareness and sensitivity, and how to support the LGBTQ+ population on campus. At the end of the workshop, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to sign the ally pledge, but it is not mandatory. If you are interested in attending this workshop, please email Laura Wilson at lwilson5@umw.edu. Space is limited and registration is required.

Survivors of Sexual Assault Still Don’t Report It, Says Harvard Research Review (The Crime Report)

Laura Wilson Research on Unacknowledged Rape Cited in Journalist’s Resource, The Crime Report

Why many sexual assault survivors may not come forward for years (Journalist’s Resource)

Laura C. Wilson, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Mary Washington, led this review of 28 academic studies to estimate how often women who’ve been sexually assaulted do not label their experience as rape.

https://journalistsresource.org/home/sexual-assault-report-why-research

Survivors of Sexual Assault Still Don’t Report It, Says Harvard Research Review (The Crime Report)

Laura C. Wilson, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Mary Washington, led this review of 28 academic studies to estimate how often women who’ve been sexually assaulted do not label their experience as rape.

https://thecrimereport.org/2018/10/10/survivors-of-sexual-assault-still-dont-report-it-says-harvard-research-review/

Why many sexual assault survivors may not come forward for years (Journalist’s Resource)

October Safe Zone Basic Training Workshop Oct. 24

The UMW Safe Zone program offers workshops that are designed to educate members of the University community about lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ+) issues to increase the safety and inclusion of all campus citizens. At the end of each workshop, participants will have the opportunity to become a Safe Zone ally for our campus.

Safe Zone allies are individuals who will:

  1. Be understanding, supportive, and trustworthy if LGBTQ+ individuals need help, advice or just someone to talk to.
  2. Not tolerate homophobic and heterosexist comments and actions and will address them in an educational and informative manner.
  3. Have received training and can provide information regarding on- or off-campus resources.

All faculty and staff are welcome and encouraged to attend this workshop, including adjunct faculty and part-time staff. The basic training focuses on terminology, issues related to privilege, increasing awareness and sensitivity, and how to support the LGBTQ+ population on campus. This upcoming training will be Wednesday, Oct. 24 from noon to 2:30 p.m. Registration is required to attend, and space is limited.

Please email Laura Wilson at lwilson5@umw.edu to register for a training or if you have questions. Please note that lunch is not provided, but you are invited to bring a lunch with you to eat during the workshop. If you would like more information about Safe Zone, please visit the website at bit.ly/UMWsafezone.

National Coming Out Day Celebrated Oct. 11

Thursday, Oct. 11 is National Coming Out Day, a day to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and allies. Safe Zone will be hosting a celebration event on Thursday, Oct. 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If the weather cooperates, we will be on the patio outside of the UC. The rain location will be in the lobby of the UC. We will be handing out Be You t-shirts and creating a banner of support for the LGBTQ+ community. The entire UMW community, including faculty, staff and students, is invited to stop by our table. Please contact Dr. Laura Wilson at lwilson5@umw.edu if you have any questions.

Safe Zone Book Club: Call for Participation

Safe Zone, UMW’s LGBTQ+ education and advocacy program, is excited to announce that we will be offering a book club in early November! We will be reading Audre Lorde’s “Sister Outsider” and meeting two separate times to discuss the book. This program is open to all faculty and staff. Registration is required and space is limited. To register, please email Laura Wilson, lwilson5@umw.edu. The books will be provided for free to all participants who register. The sessions will be on Thursday, Nov. 1 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 8 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Last year’s book club was a lot of fun and led to some very interesting conversations about inclusion in our campus community. It’s also a great opportunity to meet and interact with people from across campus. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Laura Wilson, lwilson5@umw.edu.

Laura Wilson Talks About Mass Shootings in APA

Laura Wilson talks about mass shootings in an article published in the American Psychological Association this month:

“Simply by definition, mass shootings are more likely to trigger difficulties with beliefs that most of us have, including that we live in a just world and that if we make good decisions, we’ll be safe,” says Laura Wilson, PhD, co-author and editor of “The Wiley Handbook of the Psychology of Mass Shootings” and an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Read the full story here: http://www.apa.org/monitor/2018/09/survivors.aspx

 

Sign Up for September Safe Zone Advanced Training Workshop

The UMW Safe Zone program offers workshops that are designed to educate members of the University community about lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ+) issues to increase the safety and inclusion of all campus citizens. At the end of each workshop, participants will have the opportunity to become a Safe Zone ally for our campus.

Safe Zone allies are individuals who will:

  1. Be understanding, supportive, and trustworthy if LGBTQ+ individuals need help, advice or just someone to talk to.
  2. Not tolerate homophobic and heterosexist comments and actions and will address them in an educational and informative manner.
  3. Have received training and can provide information regarding on- or off-campus resources.

We offer two types of general Safe Zone workshops for faculty and staff. All faculty and staff are welcome and encouraged to attend these workshops, including adjunct faculty and part-time staff. The basic training focuses on terminology, issues related to privilege, increasing awareness and sensitivity, and how to support the LGBTQ+ population on campus. The advanced training is for faculty and staff who have already completed the basic training and covers more advanced topics, including bystander intervention.

For any interested faculty or staff, we are still offering advanced training on Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is required to attend, and space is limited. Please email Laura Wilson at lwilson5@umw.edu to register for a training or if you have questions. If you would like more information about Safe Zone, please visit the website at bit.ly/UMWsafezone

What happens to the survivors (American Psychological Association)