SAFE SPACE

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221 Memorial Hall
Athens, GA 30602
706-542-4077

“The Safe Space program at UGA is a three and a half hour training for faculty, staff, and students who are interested in learning about gender and sexual identity, homophobia, heterosexism, and how they can provide support and work toward being an ally for the LGBT community. Upon completion of the training, participants may be issued a Safe Space sticker for their office space as a visible indicator to visitors that they are LGBTQ affirming.”

Become Safe Space Trained

Click on a date below to register for Safe Space Trainings.  All trainings, unless otherwise indicated, will be held in The Intersection (3rd Floor of Tate Student Center, across from Tate Print & Copy).

Due to COVID-19, many of UGA’s staff including the LGBT Resource Center’s are currently working remotely so as to practice healthy social distancing and ensure that we reduce the spread of the virus. 

Because of that, and as we do not currently have the capability to give Safe Space trainings online, we are cancelling the remaining Safe Space trainings this semester for now, which includes the training that was originally scheduled for Thursday, April 16 (8:30 AM – 12:00 PM). 

Summer and Fall 2020 Dates TBA

Safe Space trainings are offered throughout the academic year. The sessions are led by two trained facilitators. To ensure an engaging and developmental experience, each training is limited to 20 participants. Our trainings often fill up fast and may have a wait list so it is very important for you to contact us if for any reason your plans change and you can no longer make the date for which you are registered. Pre-registration is required for attendance.

Participate in the Certificate in Diversity & Inclusion (University Faculty & Staff)

The Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) creates an opportunity for UGA faculty and staff to explore strategic areas around diversity and improve their ability to contribute to the enhancement of UGA’s welcoming and inclusive environment.

Enrollment in the courses listed for the Certificate for Diversity and Inclusion are open to all UGA faculty and staff. UGA employees may take courses in pursuit of the certificate or they may take individual courses based on their needs and interests.

Successful completion of the CDI requires completion of the core course and five elective courses in the program. A variety of courses will be offered each quarter and all of the courses in the program are free.

2018 - 2019 Safe Space Facilitators

Chalis “CB” Snowden is a graduate student within The University of Georgia. She is a returning Safe Space facilitator and she is honored and excited to be invovled in the program. In addtion to her involvement with the LGBT Resource Center, Chalis is a member of GLOBES, UGA’s LGBTQ faculty and staff organization. 

Eric Siy is a graduate student in the Department of Mathematics and Science Education and is currently pursuing a PhD in Mathematics Education. As a southern California native, Eric has lived in highly diverse areas and sees the value in developing an equity lens, especially in the field of education. Prior to moving to Georgia, he taught math in the Philippines and in Queens, NY. These experiences developed a research and pedagogical interest in the developing of equitable instruction in mathematics teacher education. He has been a Safe Space facilitator since 2014. When he was teaching, Eric used to do stand-up comedy to balance his day out. He is currently withholding a joke to end his facilitator blurb.

Jake Mosley is currently the Director of Student Services for the Full-Time MBA program in the Terry College of Business. Originally from Lyons, GA, Jake moved to Athens to attend UGA where he earned an A.B. in History and an A.B in Political Science. He is pursuing an MEd in Educational Administration and Policy. Jake enjoys spending time with his family helping his wife April raise their daughter Chloe Jo and their cat Olive.

Katy Janousek has served as the Sexual Health Coordinator at the University of Georgia Health Center since 2008. She received a BS in Psychology from Virginia Tech and a MS in Public Health Education from James Madison University. She is nationally credentialed as a Certified Health Education Specialist. In her role on campus she provides group presentations, classroom lectures, educational counseling, and advises peer educators. She is also a LGBT Resource Center Liaison for the University Health Center. Katy has co-facilitated Safe Space trainings since 2009 and is the 2015 recipient of the LGBT Resource Center’s Founder’s Award.

Logan Herren is the administrative associate for the Department of Kinesiology. She earned her BA in English Literature with a minor in Photography from Georgia College and State University, and hopes to enter into a master’s program for Social Work and fulfill her dream of leading a queer youth safe-house here in Georgia. She originally comes from the mountains of north Georgia, and loves good talks, carbs, and her pup, Lily. She’s very excited about being a Safe Space facilitator, and invites anyone to drop by her office for “words of the week” and maybe even a post-it doodle.

Dr. Sandrine Bosshardt is a licensed psychologist and joined the CAPS staff in the summer of 2012. Born and raised in The Netherlands, she moved to Knoxville, Tennessee in 1996 to pursue a PhD in Psychology. She has worked in several different areas in Student Affairs at different universities, but she feels most at home working in UGA’s counseling center and feels honored to work with such a diversity of students. Dr. Bosshardt’s areas of interest include developmental/identity issues, LGBTQQIAA+, interpersonal/relationship concerns, training and supervision, and social justice. At CAPS she often works with college students who identify as LGBTQQIAA+, and she is able to provide supporting documentation for trans and gender non-conforming students. When she is not working she loves to listen to and play music, travel, and dream of one day owning an animal sanctuary.

Dr. Shannon M. Bowles joined the Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) clinical staff in October, 2010. She holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Virginia and an MEd in Counselor Education with an emphasis in student affairs practice in higher education also from the University of Virginia. She earned her PhD in Counseling Psychology at West Virginia University. Dr. Bowles completed her pre-doctoral internship at Appalachian State University’s Counseling & Psychological Services Center and her post-doctoral fellowship at Georgia State University’s Counseling & Testing Center. Her areas of interest include student affairs administration, psychotherapy for family of origin concerns, and alcohol and other drug assessment, treatment, and recovery in the college student population. Dr. Bowles serves as the CAPS Outreach Coordinator and as the liaison between CAPS and the LGBT Resource Center. At CAPS she has an emphasis in working with college students who identify as LGBTQQIAA+, including providing supporting documentation for trans* and gender non-conforming students. She uses she/her/hers pronouns.

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Safe Space Network

This list notes individuals who have participated in Safe Space training and are Safe Space certified. This document can be searched via the “Find” feature for specific departments and/or people.

Safe Space Requests

Groups of 10 or more individuals may submit a request for Safe Space session to be held for their group. For best results, please make requests at least 10 working days in advance of the intended date so that we can customize your session. Additionally, requests may be made for evening and weekend sessions pending Safe Space Facilitator availablity.