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From committees to organizations, Ship is LGBT friendly

By: Andrew P. Robinson | ar7358

March 23, 2015 | Updated March 31, 2015

From an LGBT club to gender-neutral bathrooms, Shippensburg offers a safe environment for students who identify as LGBT.

The LGBT concerns committee is looking out for the future.“There is ongoing discussion about how the university’s campus climate can be improved in order to better meet the needs of the LGBT community on campus,” Dr. Jayleen Galarza, assistant professor of social work and gerontology department said.

Dr. Matthew Shupp and Dr. Galarza are co-chairs of the GLBT Concerns Committee on campus. The goal of the committee is to increase the visibility and awareness of LGBT issues on campus. The committee is working on iniatives from gender-neutral bathrooms to safe zone training to help improve the climate for LGBT students.

The group is working to develop a campus map that identifies gender-neutral bathrooms on campus. Gender-neutral bathrooms provide students, faculty and staff who may identify as gender non-conforming or transgender a bathroom they feel safe and comfortable using.

Another goal is the ongoing implementation of the SAFE Zone Training Program. The program provides educational sessions to students to help theme better understand the needs of the LGBT community.

Students can engage in a student LGBT organization called SAFE. The organization meets every Thursday at 8 p.m. in CUB 238. The purpose of the student group is to provide a safe space for students who identify as LGBT. The group develops various events designed to increase awareness about issues that impact the LGBT community.

All students are encouraged to attend a workshop on April 15th on bisexuality. The event is in the CUB MPR for 4-5:30 p.m.

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