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Safe Space - LGBTQ+ Cultural Competence Training

Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion and Customer Service

Safe Space: LGBTQ+ Cultural Competence Training is the first training in the Kent State University Safe Space Training Series. This series is an on-going training effort through Kent State University and the LGBTQ+ Center to make our communities safer places for all people regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Training participants will learn about bias, stereotypes, current vocabulary, and best practices for handling gender and sexuality topics with sensitivity. After the training, individuals are offered a Safe Space Ally sign for their office, indicating their support of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer plus (LGBTQ+) community.
Regardless of where you work or live, if you interact with people and the public, you will meet individuals who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community. Having a basic understanding of correct terminology and an understanding of what it means to be an ally to the LGBTQ+ community are essential skills in supporting all people.

Learning Objectives: 
  • Participants will develop a deeper awareness of personal ideas, stereotypes, and assumptions related to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ+) individuals.
  • Participants will develop an increased comfort level in addressing concepts and language regarding LGBTQ+ individuals.
  • Participants will develop an increased awareness of services that supports LGBTQ+ and allied individuals.
  • Participants will have the option of developing a network of community support people for all people regardless of sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.

Ken Ditlevson, serves as Kent State University’s first director for the LGBTQ+ Center, where he started in 2014.  Ditlevson is a two-time graduate of Kent State University, having received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Masters of Education degree in Community Counseling.  
Prior to accepting this position, Ken worked for nearly 20 years in mental health and social services, and most recently was the Assistant Vice President for Child Guidance & Family Solutions in Akron, Ohio.  Ken has been awarded numerous awards for his work in LGBTQ+ advocacy, as well as for creating innovative programming and initiatives.Ken and his husband of 22 years, reside in Highland Square/West Akron, along with their two dogs, Luna and Layla.


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9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Eastern

Medina County District Library
210 S Broadway St.
Medina, OH 44256

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Who should attend: All Staff
Competency:  Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, and Customer Service

Non-Member Cost:      $80
NEO-RLS Bronze Member Cost:  $60
NEO-RLS Silver Member Cost:    $40
NEO-RLS Gold Member Cost:    FREE
NEO-RLS Individual Member Cost:  $40

There is an additional $5 surcharge for amenities.

This event is supported by the State Library of Ohio with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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