The Safe Campus Advocates Program is an effort of the Community Colleges of Spokane to create a safe space for all students, faculty and staff. Through this program, students, faculty and staff who have concerns for self or others related to violence and victimization can speak with faculty and staff members who are trained as Safe Campus advocates and can address these issues.
Safe Campus advocates are qualified to listen to stories of victimization and discuss options. They are able to support and refer individuals to resources they might need. They do not provide counseling but they do provide a safe space where individuals can have their voices heard and receive referrals to appropriate resources.
To become a Safe Campus advocate, individuals go through six trainings that include the following topics:
- Becoming an Advocate/Ally: Introduction and the Law
- Working With Survivors of Hate Crimes/Incidents
- Working With Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
- Safe Zone: Creating a Positive Climate for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trangender Students
- Suicide Prevention
- Working With People Who Have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder