Safe Space, Safe Place
The PCOM Safe program creates spaces where all people may feel welcome and safe.
The program is open to all faculty, students, administrators and staff. The program
was established to create and offer a safe environment—a room, building or entire
campus—for LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex and
asexual/allied) students, staff, faculty, patients and others affiliated with PCOM.
Participants who complete the training are encouraged to identify their offices/workspaces
utilizing a symbol placed on their door or other convenient location as safe places
for members of the LGBTQIA community.
PCOM Safe Program exists to:
- Promote acceptance and awareness of the diversity of gender identity and sexual orientation
on PCOM campuses.
- Provide a community of allies for LGBTQIA people.
- Provide evidence of and visibility for the support of LGBTQIA people and their allies
within the PCOM community.
PCOM Safe program goals:
- To provide participants with a common foundation for the understanding of developmental,
social, and emotional experiences of LGBTQIA persons.
- To promote a common understanding of the language associated with Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual,
Transgender, Intersex, Asexual/Allied persons.
- To clarify the role of an ally in general and at PCOM.
- To facilitate discussion of the (ongoing) “coming out” process and stages of LGBTQIA
- To provide opportunities for self-reflection of personal biases and/or issues on the
topic of LGBTQIA people.