The University of South Dakota strives to be inclusive of many different groups including GLBTIQ students, staff, and faculty. As our country continues to struggle to be inclusive of GLBTIQ individuals at all levels of society, many higher education institutions - including USD - are investing in education for students, staff, and faculty.

We want to create a climate that is inclusive, safe and welcoming to members of the GLBTIQ community. As part of Inclusive Excellence, USD's diversity strategic initiative, we've created an online training program to help create safe zones for members of the GLBTIQ community. Creating a safe zone means establishing a network of supportive people who can provide support, information, and a safe place for GLBTIQ individuals within our campus community.

We designed this online training to create greater awareness of issues, challenges, and opportunities facing GLBTIQ individuals. The program modules address a range of issues in the GLBTIQ community. This is an introduction to different facets of this very important USD community.

Thanks for your willingness to undertake this training and efforts to create a welcoming, safe, and inclusive environment for members of the USD GLBTIQ community.

This Safe Zone Training Program consists of nine modules which appear on the right-hand side of the page. After you have reviewed the modules, take the Safe Zone Training Quiz. If you achieve 80 percent correct answers, you will receive a Safe Zone training certificate for display.

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This Safe Zone Online Training Program was adapted from the online initiative at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) and from the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Safe Zone Training Manual.