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Culturally Inclusive Series


The Safe Zone Ally program offers training in how to be a proactive ally for groups that encounter barriers due to the way society views and treats them.

What is a Safe Zone Ally?

The Safe Zone Ally Program is a network of faculty and staff who are visibly supportive of groups of people on campus that are often marginalized. A Safe Zone Ally is a campus employee who has participated in the LAVC Culturally Inclusive online training, attended Safe Zone Ally workshops, and agreed to be an Ally.

Participants at the Safe Zone training workshop will learn about topics and terminology, receive resources and referral info, interact with panels of students, and discuss ways of being an Ally. After attending, participants may choose to sign a contract promising to be a “safe space”, and receive a Safe Zone Ally placard and button to display. Those who have attended a Safe Zone Ally Training may choose to further their knowledge by attending continued trainings to learn about additional marginalized groups and earn badges as they progress.

How Can I Become a Safe Zone Ally?

Step One:

Culturally Inclusive Training – This self-paced online Canvas course is facilitated by Sally Raskoff and  Tiffany Lanoix. You can do this course at your own pace, starting and stopping when convenient. This course carries five hours of flex for faculty.

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If you do not have a Canvas account, please follow this easy process to get an account.                                                

Once you complete this online course, you are eligible to do a Safe Zone Ally training.

Step Two:

Register to attend Safe Zone Ally Workshops throughout the year.

Most Safe Zone Ally workshops will be a half day and will provide training specific to one of our student groups. Watch for flyers regarding these upcoming workshops on email, Twitter - @LAVCProfDev, and the Professional Development website.

You can register for these workshops through Vision Resource Center (VRC):

- Log onto the LACCD SIS Portal

- Click on the Vision Resource Center Tile to go to your personalized Welcome Page

- Click the Learner Home Button

- Search for Safe Zone Ally Training

- Request to attend sessions

- You will receive a confirmation email of your registration

Thursday, February 20 - Black Scholars

2:00pm - 4:30pm

Monday, March 2 - Undocumented Students

2:00pm - 4:30pm

Monday, March 26 - LGBTQ+

2:30pm - 5:00pm

Monday, May 4 - Former and Present Foster Youth

2:00pm - 4:30pm

Tuesday, May 12 - Students with Disabilities

2:00pm - 4:30pm

Click here for the complete Spring 2020 flyer.

For more information on what an ally is, check out this 3.5 minute video from @chescaleigh