Napa Valley College is committed to providing a campus environment that is a safe place for all students to learn and for staff to work. As a college community, we value inclusivity and respect for others. In October of 2011, the Safe Space Program was launched to support, in particular, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) students, because of some of the unique challenges they face. Recent studies show that 70% of LGBTQ students consider leaving college during their first year because of bullying, harassment, and fear. LGBTQ youth are 4 times more likely than their straight peers to attempt suicide because of the bullying, harassment and rejection they experience.
Our Safe Space Program is based on two nationally recognized models including the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and National Youth Advocacy Coalition programs. It also includes interactive content from Kognito. The foundation of our program is a comprehensive training for allies who include Napa Valley College teachers, support staff, administrators, and students. We adopted the symbols and signage associated with the GLSEN Safe Space Program (seen on the right panel of this page) because it is one of the most well known and commonly recognized logos associated with a Safe Space program. Many high schools use this symbol so many of our students are already familiar with it.
The goal of our program is to create a safe environment in all corners of the campus in order to promote student success throughout all of the programs offered by the college.
All employees of Napa Valley College are encouraged to participate in the Safe Space Program. Employees can become part of the program at anytime by simply completing the required Safe Space Basic Training course and passing the end of course quiz.
The Safe Space Basic Training course is provided by the college's LGBT Education Program and is free to college employees. It is available in a face-to-face format through the Teaching and Learning Center or online using the Canvas platform.
To enroll in the online training, click the first link below. Click on "Tickets" and then look for the link in the upper right corner, "Enter Promotional Code." Be sure to enter the code for college employees to have the course fee waived.
Learn more about the Safe Space Program by clicking the links below.
Safe Space Basic Training Program
Safe Space Locations On Campus
Information For LGBTQ Students