The New School works hard to make sure that everyone in the university community feels welcome, no matter their race, ethnicity, national origin, culture, language, gender and how they express their gender, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs, age, or ability. The university is against all kinds of discrimination and oppression, whether they are done to one person or to an entire group.
The New School Safe Zone program brings together faculty, staff, and students who want to help the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and gender nonconforming (LGBTQIAGNC) community. This makes the campus a safe and supportive place for LGBTQIAGNC people.
Students, teachers, and staff can put a Safe Zone sign on their lockers, desks, backpacks, or office doors after taking the first Safe Zone class. This shows support for LGBTQIAGNC people and lets people know that the person holding the sign is an advocate or ally who can be safely asked for help or advice.
The Safe Zone team spreads the word about the program, gives out materials, and trains people who want to get involved. They also teach the rest of the community what the signs mean and how important it is to create safe spaces for all students.
To teach and equip New School students, staff, and faculty to be advocates and/or allies for LGBTQ people who are part of the university community.
- To make sure that everyone in the New School community is treated with respect, no matter their race, ethnicity, national origin, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, age, or ability.
- To teach students, staff, and faculty how to make an environment where LGBTQ members of the university community feel safe expressing themselves.
- To teach students, staff, and faculty how to deal with situations and problems that LGBTQ members of the university community might face.
- To make the university community more aware of how important it is for everyone to work against bias, prejudice, and bullying.
Allies and advocates are taught the following things in New School Safe Zone training:
- Common things that LGBTQ people go through
- LGBTQ terms that are used often
- Some common stereotypes about the LGBTQ community
- Heterocentrism, heterosexism, transphobia, and homophobia are all forms of heterocentrism.
- The process of coming out
- LGBTQ students can find help on campus
- LGBTQ students can find outside and online help
- What a Safe Zone trained person does
- Ways for people who don’t identify as LGBTQ to grow as allies on their own terms
- The Safe Zone Program’s goals
Discrimination and Crimes Based on Hate
Discrimination is when people are treated unfairly because of who they are or what group they belong to. Hate crimes are violent acts against people, property, or organizations because of who they are, such as their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, ability, age, class, national origin, religious or political beliefs, or their sexual orientation or gender.
Bias incidents are when someone is threatened or harassed because of their gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or what they think their gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation is. The university’s rules say that acts of bias are against the rules. These actions can be said out loud, written down, or shown in the form of drawings or other images. If you find out that a New School student thinks they have been treated unfairly for any reason, you should tell them to contact Student Conduct and Community Standards at [email protected]
Tell faculty or staff who think they have been treated unfairly to call Human Resources at 212.229.5671 x4900. Campus Security should tell victims of hate crimes to call 212.229.7001 (24 hours). They will be given a variety of support services, such as help filing a police report and information about medical and counseling services. On the Student Conduct and Community Standards page, you can find the university’s rules about discrimination and other related issues.
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