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How to Create a Safe Space Program for Your Campus Police
Thursday, April 12, 2012 from 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM (EDT)
Moderator: Shane Windmeyer, Executive Director of Campus Pride
Guest Presenter: Greg Miraglia, Dean at Napa Valley College and National Program Coordinator of Stop the Hate
“Safe Space” or “Safe Zone” programs have been proven to improve the quality school environment for LGBT students. According to the “2010 State of Higher Education for LGBT People” report, 70% of first-year LGBT students consider leaving their college or university because they do not feel safe. The same study said that a safe space program demonstrates institutional commitment and is one of the “best practices” for combating the harassment of LGBT students and staff. Safe space programs also provide a format for educating teachers, administrators, and staff about LGBT issues and bring about a greater awareness of the presence of LGBT students and staff on campus. This webinar will present how to set-up a safe space program on a college or university campus. Participants will be exposed to a model program based on the Safe Space Program designed by GLSEN and the Safe Zone Program designed by the National Youth Advocacy Coalition. The presenter will explain the essential elements of a safe space program necessary to make a positive impact on campus including required training and signage. A safe space program can be implemented by a wide variety of campus organizations including campus police. The presenter will discuss the community policing opportunities available with a safe space program for campus police or public safety as an effective way of reaching out and connecting with the LGBT community on campus.
• Discuss the impact of a safe space program on a college or university campus.
• Identify the essential components of a safe space program.
• Examine a model program currently in use on a college campus.
• Discuss the role campus police or public safety departments can have in a safe space program.
Guest Presenter Biography:
Mr. Miraglia is the Dean of Career and Online Education at Napa Valley College. He has 27 years of law enforcement experience and is currently the lead instructor in the area of human relations and hate crimes investigations at the Napa Valley College Criminal Justice Training Center. He is also the program coordinator of the LGBT Studies Program at Napa Valley College and created the Safe Space program for the campus. Mr. Miraglia serves as the National Program Coordinator for Stop the Hate and is a member of the board of directors for the Matthew Shepard Foundation. He is the author of “Coming Out From Behind The Badge,” and “American Heroes Coming Out From Behind The Badge,” both of which are about LGBT issues in law enforcement.
CAMPUSPEAK was founded in 1999 as an agency representing college speakers. We have since expanded into areas including curriculum development, conferencing, and webinars. It is our mission to be a partner with campuses and with higher education organizations to improve college and university communities and the lives of students. We aim to be an agenda-setting organization within higher education.