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 (LGBT) students, because of some of the unique challenges they face. Recent studies show that 70% of LGBT students consider leaving college during their first year because of bullying, harassment, and fear. LGBT 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.
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. To learn more about the training or to enroll in the class, Click Here Now.