More than 300 students and college employees are now Safe Zone certified.

The Student Government Association and Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation hosted two Safe Zone Training virtual events the week of Oct. 18 with spokesperson, Barton Baily, PRIDE Center Director.

Students, staff and faculty were invited to tune into one of the two 3-hour training course.

Over 300 individuals participated in the course and received a certification on basic information on LGBTQI+.

“The turnout was amazing. We had 220 attendees on the 19th and 82 attend on the 22nd,” said Sofia Jimenez, president of Student Government Association.

Attendees who appeared for the virtual event via Teams also received a decal supporting LGBTQI+ individuals and had the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the community.

“The Safe Zone training provides a safe place for anyone to come and ask questions and learn more about the LGBT community,” Jimenez said.

The Safe Zone Training addressed issues and concerns including resources, terminology used in the community, gender identity, issues that are encountered, etc.

Individuals were encouraged to come together, learn and be comfortable on the topic.

The turnout for this training was successful and DMC hopes that courses for Safe Space will continue in the future.

“We appreciate the Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation for the training. We had great feedback from the Del Mar College faculty, staff and students. We do plan to have more trainings in the future,” Jimenez said.

Those who missed the training but are interested in the course should e-mail studentgovernment@delmar.edu Students can also get involved by reaching out to the Safe Space Club at DMC

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