The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) El Paso Office of Diversity Affairs sponsored its second Safe Zone LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) Allies Training for Paul L. Foster School of Medicine medical students and Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing students on Tuesday, March 17. The goal of the training was to educate students on recognizing the appropriate and ethical clinical interactions between patients and families of varying backgrounds and the physician. This training also served to identify, train, and raise the visibility of “Allies”.
Kent Carter, MSII, and Casey Finch, MSII, leadership committee members of the Gay Straight Campus Alliance (GaSCA), conducted the Safe Zone training. Approximately 35 students attended the lecture and participated in interactive activities. Attendance has tripled since the first Safe Zone Training for students. “Students said they found our interactive activity to be a close representation of what some people may experience coming out, which puts things in perspective,” said Jessica Calderón-Mora, senior director for the Office of Diversity Affairs.