Student Organizations & Resources : Diversity Training and Services

Diversity Training and Services - Safe Space

‘Safe Space’ is a 1.5 voluntary interactive training program for administration, faculty, and staff. The goal of such training is to improve knowledge about issues affecting the LGBTQ community and provide tools for participants to combat homophobia and heterosexism at UM. The training was institutionalized in 2014 after an online questionnaire was distributed to University of Miami (UM) medical students to assess the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual, transsexual and/or questioning) campus climate. To date, over 100 participants have voluntarily completed the training. The number of participants who believe that LGBTQ individuals are significantly impacted by discrimination increased from 29% to 55% (p=0.015); those who consider themselves knowledgeable of unique challenges faced by LGBTQ students increased from 17% to 55% (p=0.000) and that those who felt able to respond to situations pertaining to sexual orientation or gender identity increased from 31% to 60% (p=0.009). 93% of participants also expressed interest in changing their language and behavior after the training.

Safe Space sessions, limited to 15 participants, are held on the second Tuesday of each month, from 4:30pm to 6:00pm, at the Don Soffer Clinical Research Center, room 975. Interested people may register by emailing Ana Maria Quintana at aquintana2@med.miami.edu. More information about Safe Space can be found here.

Faculty director: Robert Irwin, M.D., rirwin@med.miami.edu