2S-LGBTQ+ people who want to utilize your services are looking for clues indicating that they are welcome. People will believe that you are unsafe until proven otherwise. People expect and deserve the right to feel comfortable to either access services or work in a space that is supportive and inclusive of their identity.
Safer Spaces is a capacity building program that offers organizational assessments, professional development workshops, and consultation services to create more inclusive services and workplaces for 2S-LGBTQ+ communities.
WHO SHOULD ENROLL?
Safer Spaces is a great development tool for:
1. Managers, directors, and executives
2. Human resource teams and employee resource groups
3. Everyone representing your organization
Making your Job Easier
- Experience new perspectives and understandings through critical consideration of language, practices, and history
- Identify strategies towards greater inclusion to implement moving forward
- Reflect and challenge the roots of our own biases
- Reflect on the shared human experiences of sex, gender, expression, and orientation
- Understand the ways in which 2S-LGBTQ+ communities are disproportionately impacted by violence, poverty, and health inequities
- Explore barriers 2S-LGBTQ+ communities might experience to accessing your organization and services
- Why 2S-LGBTQ+ Inclusion Matters
- Concepts, Language, and Pronouns
- History and Human Rights
- Local Statistics/Experiences
- Trans Experiences
- Organizational Barriers
- Group Activities and Discussions
Safer Spaces Training provides a common language to help initiate discussions about inclusivity and (hopefully!) start leaders and the organization on the road to creating a culture where everyone feels like they belong. It’s a spark.
Workshop Attendee, CHRL
“Safer Spaces training should be a must of HR Departments everywhere. While most people are familiar with the LGBTQ+ community, Safer Spaces brings a deeper understanding to who is in this community, and how we can create a more inclusive space in our workplace. Safer Spaces creates a safe and respectful space within the training session for participants to ask questions; he is aware that most people have questions about this community, and he answers respectfully and honestly. As HR is the foundation of an employee’s experience in the Corporation, it is fundamental that HR employees take this training to understand the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community, the history of this community and the strong biases that exist against this community in workplaces. As a result, we can work towards making sure this community is valued in the workplace and included in having a great employee experience.”
Workshop Attendee, CHRP
“Understanding the world of gender diversity can be confusing, especially if all the people you know and interact with on a daily basis identify with the historically stereotypical gender definitions. On top of that, we often worry that even asking a question in the “wrong” way it may be taken as offensive or insensitive.
Safer Spaces is very good at creating a safe space to learn, understand, and ask questions without judgement, which allows participants to move into a more informed and sensitive way of being and interacting with people who are different than they are…an important step towards making this world more accepting and empathic.”
Workshop Attendee, Hon. B. Comm, B.S.W., CHRL, CCP, CEBS
“As an office administrator, I never realized that I could make a trans person feel comfortable just by introducing myself with my pronouns.
Thank you for teaching me this technique. What a wonderful training!!!”
Workshop Attendee, CHRL
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMEMT WORKSHOPS
With adequate preparation time, workshop content will be based on your industry and program areas. We can also develop a custom workshop for your organization. All participants can request a Certificate to acknowledge their time spent completing professional development trainings.
NEW! SELF-GUIDED ONLINE TRAINING MODULES
Designed as a self-guided online learning experience where participants can engage in the training through videos, lesson descriptions, self-reflective questions, knowledge checks, and an interactive community discussion forum.
1 Hour (+ HST)
Perfect for generating interest in creating 2S-LGBTQ+ inclusion
Local Experiences & Stories
Industry Relevant Statistics
Services & Resources
*Info Sessions are not meant to replace educational workshops
4 Hours (+ HST)
Delivered in person, designed for less than 40 people
Why Inclusion Matters
Intro: Language & Terms
Pronouns & Customer Service
Queer & Trans History
Local Statistics & Experiences
Group Activities & Discussion
Review & Resources
VIRTUAL ZOOM DELIVERY
4-5 Hours (+ HST)
Designed for digital and remote learners, up to 40 people.
Perfect for conferences, digital teams, and people working from home
Delivered over Zoom
One lead facilitator, one moderator
Held over two, 2.5-hour sessions held on different days
Variety of ways to interact with the content, including:
– Breakout Rooms
– Direct messages with the co-facilitator(s)
– Group activities & discussions
All workshops include digital and/or print copies of our latest educational resources. In-person workshops may incur travel reimbursement at $0.41/km, and potential accommodations if necessary.
Prices listed above are fees for non-profit organizations, increased fees are applicable for large or for-profit companies. A sliding scale can be used for non-profits that are unable to pay full price for the services. Providing these services for a minimal fee helps to continue offering this program beyond grant funding.
Take advantage of our consultation services to enhance your level of 2S-LGBTQ+ accessibility and inclusion within your organization.
ASSESSMENT & REPORT
Summarized Report Card
The Assessment Tool is, and will always be, free to use and access. The tool is a self assessment on 2S-LGBTQ+ inclusion, which covers organizational policy, culture, knowledge, resources, and more.
The analyzing and creation of the summarized report card, and presenting this back to the organization, is an optional paid service you can take advantage of. The Report Card can be used as a tool to measure progress in the program, and used as a template to create a work plan towards greater inclusion.
POSTERS & STICKERS
Promotional materials highlight the agency’s participation in the program and working towards creating a safer space for the 2S-LGBTQ+ community. Agencies must undergo adequate amount of professional development workshops, complete the organizational assessment, and have an ongoing commitment to 2S-LGBTQ+ inclusion.