The University of South Dakota strives to create an academic climate that is respectful, inclusive and continuously evolving. This includes our LGBTQ+ students, staff and faculty. We want to create a climate that is inclusive, safe and welcoming to members of the LGBTQ+ community.

As part of our practice of “Inclusive Excellence”–USD's diversity strategic initiative–we've created an online Safe Zone training program. The purpose of this training is to facilitate a collaborative effort among our students, faculty, staff and community members to create safer spaces for members of the LGBTQ+ communities. Throughout this training, we hope to establish a network within our community that can provide support, information and a safe place for individuals who identify as LGBTQ+. 

We designed this online training to facilitate greater awareness and understanding of topics like gender, gender expression, romantic attraction and sexuality. The modules address a range of topics. This training provides an introduction to experiences that affect the LGBTQ+ communities at USD and in Vermillion.

This Safe Zone Training Program consists of six modules which appear on the left-hand side of the page under the “Modules” tab. Before beginning the modules, we recommend you open the “Quick Questions and Final Quiz” link in a separate tab. After you have reviewed each module, complete the Quick Check Questions associated with that module. Once you complete the final module, you will also answer a number of final questions within the quiz. You must receive 90% correct in order to pass this training. You will receive a certificate upon successful completion.

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