Safe Space Certification and Training Event hosted by LSU SVM Diversity Committee


 Safe Space team members


July 17, 2017


On July 5, the LSU Office of Multicultural Affairs, the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine (LSU SVM) Diversity Committee and the LSU SVM VOICE Club hosted a Safe Space Certification and Training event for LSU SVM faculty, staff and students. The goal of the Safe Space Campaign is to identify and educate individuals who will affirm and support all people regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. People displaying the Safe Space symbol are committed to combating hatred and discrimination through assistance and support.


In attendance was LSU SVM Dean Joel Baines; Dr. Mark Mitchell, LSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital director; Dr. Lorrie Gaschen, associate dean of Diversity and Faculty Affairs; Dr. Abbi Granger, assistant professor of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging; Thomas Rooney, director of Strategic Communications; Stephanie Johnson, assistant professor; Stephanie Willis, coordinator; Kayla Boudoin, coordinator; and students, Amber Wallace (2019); Currie Carothers (2019); and Aubrey Traina (2020). The event was led by Wes Health of the LSU Office o Multicultural Affairs. 


The objectives of the Safe Space Training were:

  • To advocate, education, and build community on LGBTQ issues
  • To identify individuals who are empathetic and informed about queer issues, and help them on their path toward allyship
  • To create visible support for the LGBTQ community on campus
  • For non-allies: demonstrate best practices for working with LGBTQ individuals on a professional level


Role as a Safe Space Member is to (Encouraged, but not required):

  • Create Visibility: Post your Safe Space sticker in a visible area
  • Provide Support: Provide support, resources, and referrals to individuals who choose to approach you
  • Keep Learning: This manual will provide you with basic information, but members should continually seek new and updated information


The LSU SVM Diversity Committee and VOICE Club are the first group of SVM faculty, staff, and students who are now Safe Space Certified. The group aims to host more safe space training in the near future. Dates will be available on the events calendar once decided. For more information about the Safe Space Certification and Training program, please contact Dr. Lorrie Gaschen at