Safe Zone

As LGBTQ people become more visible in our schools, workplaces and community, it’s increasingly important to understand the issues faced by LGBTQ youth and adults and how we can advocate for equity and inclusion. Designed for people who provide services to LGBTQ people, this one-day workshop will explore core concepts relating to gender identity and sexual orientation, laws and policies governing LGBTQ rights, concrete tools and strategies for supporting LGBTQ individuals of all ages, and an overview of relevant local, statewide and regional resources.

In this interactive workshop, participants will reflect on their own identities and how those identities impact their interactions with and beliefs about LGBTQ people and will have opportunities to practice the skills they learn. By the end of the workshop, participants will be prepared to better support LGBTQ people and will receive a Safe Zone certificate to display as sign of that support.


Erin Rook is the diversity coordinator at OSU-Cascades and an equity trainer with experience facilitating workshops on LGBTQ inclusion for organizations including Bend Parks and Recreation District, the High Desert Museum, the Family Access Network, WorkSource Oregon, the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and Saving Grace. He has also spoken on panels addressing LGBTQ issues at the White House and a variety of education and healthcare conferences.

How to Register

Registration now closed.

Designed for:

Teachers, counselors, social service providers, medical professionals

Date Saturday, October 6
Time 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location Obsidian Hall, Rm. 207
Credit 1 Workshop Credit

Erin Rook, OSU-Cascades Diversity Coordinator


$35 application fee + $79 tuition

Course Number

ED 808: Section 517, CRN 20605

Course Title Safe Zone