The Office of Diversity Affairs sponsored the first Safe Zone LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) Allies Training for Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso faculty and residents on Wednesday, Jan. 14. The goal of this training was to educate faculty and residents on how to provide a safe and welcoming environment to LGBT persons within our community. Understanding issues related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression allow TTUHSC El Paso faculty and residents to provide a positive experience for patients. The Liaison Committee on Medical Education, Association of American Medical Colleges and Joint Commission on Accreditation have placed great emphasis on LBGT training being included in curriculum.
Tania Arana, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Medical Education, and Shaked Laks, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Radiology, conducted the Safe Zone training. Over 80 faculty and residents attended the training. The response to the training was overwhelmingly positive, including an educator commenting that the terminology learned at the training would assist in providing lectures to medical students with accurate information.
“In 2013, the Office of Diversity Affairs administered a Diversity Climate Assessment. Based on quantitative data gathered, and what we heard anecdotally, the climate on campus in regards to LGBT patients, staff, and students, needed attention. Programs such as Safe Zone Training will provide our university’s faculty, residents, students and staff with the knowledge necessary to forge ahead and become leaders in LGBT health care,” said Jessica Calderon-Mora, senior director for the Office of Diversity Affairs.
Safe Zone Training for faculty and staff will be held throughout the year. The next training for staff is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 27. Contact Mayra Morales at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jessica Calderon-Mora at email@example.com for more information.