LGBTQ+ Allies in Engineering Online Safe Zone Training Archives

A few weeks ago, AIChE’s LGBTQ+ & Allies Initiative held two Safe Zone Ally Training workshops to better equip allies with the right tools to help foster a more inclusive environment. The events were held in conjunction with ASEE and as part of AIChE's Diversity & Inclusion initiative.

If you were unable to attend the live workshops, you can access the recorded versions at the link below, after creating a free account with ASEE.

See below for a short recap of what was discussed.

Safety Zone LGBTQ+ Ally Training Level 1 Recap

This workshop was led by Bryce Hughes and Anthony Butterfield

  • Emphasized the importance of understanding terminology to better relate to and communicate with LGBTQ+ individuals
  • Provided exact definitions of sex, gender, sexual orientation and more LGBTQ+ terminology
  •  Explained what a "safe zone" actually is and how to create this kind of safe and welcoming environment for LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and staff 
  • Explained what normative assumptions are and why these assumptions have a negative impact on those who identify as LGBTQ+

Safety Zone LGBTQ+ Ally Training Level 2 Recap

This workshop was led by Robyn Sandekian and Alisha Sarang-Sieminski.

  • Explained why it's necessary to build the knowledge base and skills needed to establish welcoming and safe environments
  • Explained what privilege and bias mean when it comes to sexual identity and gender
  • Described LGBTQ+ experiences in society and how to be more mindful
  • Discussed why LGBTQ+ individuals are needed in engineering and STEM and why their unique outlook is essential for growth
  • Outlined strategies to create more inclusive strategies for LGBTQ+ individuals

ASEE Safe Zone Ally Training Workshops are supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) through Grant Nos. EEC-1539140 and EEC-1748499. Since this project commenced in fall 2015, ASEE has hosted 70 workshops and trained more than 1,200 individuals. Learn more at  

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