I pulled together my three favorite interactive activities, and you get the facilitator guides too — to train Safe Zone trainers, possibly to be used as a Safe Zone training, to update existing curriculums, or to be conversation starters/stirrers — it is everything at once. Sticks and Stones, Gender This!, and Messages I Learned (language/power dynamics, sex, gender, sexual identity, sexism/heterosexism, and socialization, collusion, and participant responsibility): three activities plus a bonus resource disc.
Disc 1: Sticks and Stones: LGBT 101
What better way to learn about sexual identities than to list out social norms, stereotypes, media images, rumors, jokes, and slang! This is a safe space for any and all kinds of interactive discussions regarding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Heterosexual identities. By comparing themes of these messages learned for these different groups, we can then have a much deeper conversation about class, race, educational access, citizenship, ability assumptions, etc. By understanding our language we can hold ourselves accountable to building an inclusive environment for all (regardless of sexual identity). Running time: 1 hour, 14 minutes
To articulate their own stereotypes, derogatory terms, and other assumptions for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and heterosexual people
To identify others' stereotypes, derogatory terms, and other assumptions for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and heterosexual people
To recognize the U.S. cultural need for binaries when examining sexual identities and gender identities
Disc 2: Gender This!
After doing transgender education for a number of years, this program is developed around the triangulation of sex, gender, and sexual identity and the connections between sexism and heterosexism. By clearly depicting the differences and dependence of these three words that are often used synonymously, we can then begin a deeper conversation regarding current policies and procedures on campus. Understanding these differences can be made very simple so that next steps can be planned for campuses and organizations that may not be easy to implement. Running time: 53 minutes
To define sexual identity, gender identity and sex
To recognize the difference between sex, sexual identity and gender identity
To describe how sexism and heterosexism are perpetuated by the conflation of sexual identity, gender identity, and sex
Disc 3: Messages I Learned
Doing Social Justice work is a simple concept, but it isn't easy. While moving forward, we must also trace from where we have come from and what we have learned. This activity is primarily a silent self reflection journey through one's past to better inform our futures. Running time: 1 hour, 21 minutes
Identify messages you learned about one key identity that made you who you are
Identify messages you learned about at least two groups to which you are not a member
Identify an event where you actively or passively supported oppression
Connect the functions of internalized and externalized oppression with one's own identities and experiences
Participate in an authentic conversation regarding emotions, anxieties, and realities of doing social justice work
Plus Bonus Resource Disc
Facilitator Guides for each of the activities
My #1 recommendation for a starting place for your campus to build Safe Spaces
Assessment tools that I use during my campus consulting trips to start conversations
More than 20 articles that I reference and that made me really think outside of the box
This complete training package — 3 interactive DVDs and the bonus Resource Disc including Facilitator Guides for all of the activities — is just $497.