Services

The Qube provides services and support for students, faculty and staff across campus.
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Safe Space Training

What is a Safe Space?

A Safe Space is a place in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, and asexual/aromantic (LGBTQIA+) individuals and their allies are affirmed and supported, and where discussions of sexuality and gender issues can occur openly and constructively. The mission of the Safe Space Program is to proactively create a safe campus environment for LGBTQIA+ students, faculty, and staff at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

 

Safe Space
Safe Space

Where on campus can I find Safe Spaces?

Everyone who completes UW-Stout’s Safe Space Program and signs the Ally Pledge receives a Safe Space magnet to display in their office, classroom, or residence hall room. Every time you see the Safe Space magnet, you know allies are close by.

 

 

Who should attend Safe Space training?

Everyone! Whether you’ve been a long-term ally or you’re just learning what an ally is, attending Safe Space training is a great learning experience. (By the way, an ally is simply a person who advocates for and supports LGBTQIA+ individuals.)

Safe Space training at UW-Stout

Launched in 2001, UW-Stout’s Safe Space Program is an Ally training designed to help students, faculty and staff of any sexual orientation or gender identity/expression better support and advocate for LGBTQIA+ individuals. The training is facilitated by the LGBTQIA+ Program Coordinator and includes a student panel whose members share stories of their experiences as LGBTQIA+ and allied people and answer participants’ questions. The training is designed to help participants learn how to identify and combat homophobia and heterosexism on the campus, and better familiarize them with the LGBTQIA+ community.

Objectives

  • The Safe Space Program is designed to help individuals become LGBTQIA+ allies who are aware of and sensitive to the issues, needs, and concerns of the LGBTQ community.
  • Safe Space Allies:
    • Understand the damaging effects of homophobia and heterosexism in the university community.
    • Provide a safe and affirming environment for LGBTQIA+ persons by contributing to an LGBTQIA+-friendly atmosphere and personal relationships based upon respect, fairness, and trust.
    • May serve as resources of knowledge and information regarding the various needs, concerns and experiences of LGBTQIA+ persons within the university community.
    • Listen, ask questions, and strive to increase their general knowledge of LGBTQIA+ issues in their daily lives.
Transgender support and discussion group
Afternoon T / Brax Waller

Afternoon T

Afternoon T is a confidential, discussion support group for Transgender students. The group meets in The Qube every Thursday 5-6:30 during the school year.

 

Queer Trans People of Color Support and Discussion Group
QTPOC / Fuji Maria Adair

QTPOC

QTPOC is a support group for LGBTQIA+ students of color. The group meets bi-weekly during the school year. Join us anytime for interesting discussion and opportunities to give and receive support around coming out and other issues. Look for meeting time and location on our brightly colored posters throughout campus.

 

Open Door 

Open Door is a confidential, drop-in discussion and support group for students who are LGBTQIA+ -identified or Questioning. The group meets weekly during the school year.

Join us anytime for interesting discussion and opportunities to give and receive support around coming out and other issues. Look for meeting time and location on our brightly colored posters throughout campus.

Inclusive Forms Initiative 

Inclusive forms and survey instruments are a win-win proposition at UW-Stout, ensuring that departments, offices and organizations don’t inadvertently limit the information received, while contributing to the welcoming and inclusive campus environment we all value. Contact the LGBTQIA+ Program Office for a quick and easy assessment of your forms/instruments, complete with suggestions for simple revisions that will enhance their effectiveness and inclusivity!

Request a Mentor Program

Looking for ways to contribute to the LGBTQIA+ community on campus? Providing support and encouragement to fellow students as a peer mentor might be the opportunity you've been waiting for! Peer mentors play an integral role in creating safe spaces in our campus community. Potential mentors are asked to complete a short application to aid the Program Office during the matching process. Just follow the link below to get the process started.

For additional information on any of the services provided by The Qube please contact Julie Miller, LGBTQIA+ Program Coordinator, at: millerjul@uwstout.edu.