Yes yes yes! Please do. Everything is uncopyrighted, and we did that for YOU. No need to ask permission, but we would appreciate you sharing back anything cool you make, so we can spread the word.
I am the only person in my organization who wants to be a facilitator. Can you train just me?
Unfortunately no / Not yet.
Unfortunately no — Our train-the-trainer programs are designed for groups. Our visits are centered around group activities and involvement, and that doesn’t work 1-on-1. We also encourage organizations to train a group of people for a number of reasons:
- More folks to facilitate workshops (responsibilities is shared by more people).
- We recommend all workshops be co-facilitated if at all possible.
- If one person was to leave the organization, Safe Zone capacity wouldn’t leave with them.
Not yet—We have had a lot of requests by individuals who want to be Safe Zone facilitators, and we want you to be too! We are currently in the development stages of creating a self-guided online resource for individuals who want to become Safe Zone trainers called Starlab. If you’d be interested in being alerted when this resource goes online, please sign up for alerts here!
Also, know that there is no formal barrier to entry that you need to facilitate trainings. We created the All-Star Facilitator Series (as well as our book), to combine with our free curriculum and make any self-starter out there better equipped to get going.
I did a Safe Zone [some # of] years ago. Do I need to do another one?
Depends. The material covered in Safe Zone trainings evolves over time — at least, it should. If you’re doing a Safe Zone where the material hasn’t been updated in years, it’s at best out of date, at worst harmfully inaccurate). And tons of folks do trainings using the “Safe Zone” moniker that include very different activities and learning outcomes.
It’s not required (at least not by us, because we aren’t requirers/certifiers/overseers — we’re just a free online resource), but with that in mind, it never hurts to get a refresher, if you can. And don’t let the fact that you haven’t gotten a refresher prevent you from doing what you can to advance the goals of Safe Zone in your workplace: mark yourself as an advocate, speak up and interrupt bias, and do what you can to make your space more inclusive of LGBTQ+ folks.
What size group do you work with for a train-the-trainer?
The ideal number is between 12-15 people. Our minimum is 10 and max is 20.
If you’re interested in a train-the-trainer but don’t have 12-15 interested folks, our top recommendation would be to reach out to other similar organizations in your area and invite them to collaborate. If you both bring 6-8 future facilitators to the table, you’ll have the perfect group size, be able to share the costs of the program, and support each other after the training is complete!
My school doesn’t have a Safe Zone program — how do I change that?
Great question. First off – you’ve come to a great place to start! You’ve got few things to take into consideration. What are your goals for the program? Who do you want to train and how many individuals would that be? How can you access some (don’t need much) funding? Can you do this without an established student group? Are you into going at it alone? After you’ve answered these questions – you’ll have a good idea of where to start.
Do you have dreams of Safe Zoning the entire freshman class? Perhaps scale back, start small, build up interest and gather others who maybe want to become facilitators in the future. Think about how you can access funding to help you print materials and get a food (bait) and advertising budget.
After that you just need to get started! Advertising, booking spaces, exciting people about the program, and gettin’ to training! We’ve got you covered in terms of curriculum development, and soon we’ll have a whole slew of resources to help you become an all-star facilitator. But these are good questions to start with.
I’ve attended a Safe Zone, but it was completely different than what your workshops looks like — was it wrong?
Nope. Just to clarify there is no “right” or “wrong” way to run a Safe Zone workshop, we just think there are “better” or “more effective” ways to go about getting the information out there and meeting your goals. Our curriculum is what we think is the bestest and most effective way to accomplish our goals for Safe Zone workshops. The facilitators of your program may have had different goals – and that is a-okay.
Isn’t “Queer” a bad word?
No, Sometimes, and Yes. For many people (especially those who are younger, or in more urban areas) queer is a word of pride and the best way to “umbrella” diverse sexualities and genders. For some, queer is considered a “bad word” (i.e., a slur) in some contexts, and okay in others (e.g., who is saying it, how they’re saying it); or was a slur, but now they’re comfy with it. And for others, it’s still a slur, and they wouldn’t use it, or want it used to describe them.
We use “queer” in an affirming way on the site and in our trainings, and see it as a great umbrella term to refer to all diverse sexualities and genders. Here’s how we define it in our vocabulary:
Queer – (adj) used as an umbrella term to describe individuals who don’t identify as straight. Also used to describe people who have non-normative gender identity or as a political affiliation. Due to its historical use as a derogatory term, it is not embraced or used by all members of the LGBTQ community. The term queer can often be use interchangeably with LGBTQ.
If you’re unsure if you should use it, or when you should/shouldn’t, here are two helpful rules: use it as an adjective (e.g., “Meg is a queer educator” — yay!) not a noun (e.g., “Meg is a queer” — blegh.); and use it if you’re comfy explaining why you use it.
How long are train-the-trainer visits.
Train-the-trainer visits are one or two days long.
The two-day visit is our recommended best practice. Two days allows us to ensure everyone feels as prepared as possible before picking up the material and running with it themselves. Participants have more time to practice putting their new knowledge into action and more time to ask the questions they need to feel comfortable leading workshops. Two-day visits allow for more time for questions, information, and practice.
A one-day visit involves a two-hour online live workshop prior to the one-day training in person. We can also do one-and-a-half day trainings (which are done entirely in person).