Get to Know SafeSpace Training

For anyone who has seen SafeSpace decals around campus and wondered what they represented, a recent presentation organized by Andre Burton, J.D., executive director of diversity, equity and inclusion, offered answers. On Wednesday, Sept. 21, guest speaker Bruce Menapace, Ph.D., a psychologist at Cleveland State University, presented a session on understanding and guiding or advising gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students. Many faculty or staff members in the well-attended event stayed to participate in small-group sessions at which they discussed ways to handle a variety of potential questions and scenarios on campus.

A SafeSpace decal marks locations where people have been trained to provide an inclusive, non-judgmental environment.

For information about how to participate in the next SafeSpace training and obtain a decal designating an area as a SafeSpace, contact Andre Burton at 330.325.6733 or

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