The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) El Paso Office of Diversity Affairs sponsored its first Safe Zone LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) Allies Training for TTUHSC El Paso staff on Friday, Feb. 27. The goal of the training was to educate staff on providing a safe and welcoming environment to LGBT persons and creating a safe place for LGBT persons within our community. This training also served to identify, train, and raise the visibility of “Allies”.
Jessica Calderón-Mora, senior director for the Office of Diversity Affairs, and Mayra Morales, lead analyst, conducted the Safe Zone training. Approximately 50 staff attended the lecture and participated in interactive activities. “Safe Zone placards now appear at various offices across campus which demonstrates the commitment of attendees to serving as LGBT Allies,” said Calderón-Mora. “Attendees said they appreciated learning more terminology relevant to the LGBT community and found our interactive activity to be eye-opening.”