Programs and Services
The Fairfield Safe Space Program creates a network of campus-based allies to support and confirm the dignity and self worth of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer students and their allies.
In accordance with Catholic social teaching, the human rights of all are paramount to the Jesuit university educational experience. Fairfield University is committed to providing safe spaces where individuals can engage in discussion, education, advocacy, and awareness about LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) issues. These spaces are free from discrimination, ignorance, bigotry, and harassment, and provide a safe and accepting environment for all members of the Fairfield University community regardless of sex, race, color, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, age, national origin or ancestry, disability, or special needs.
- To institutionally support LGBTQ individuals and those who have family members that are LGBTQ by providing a campus environment that is safe physically, socially, spiritually, and emotionally
- To provide education and experiential learning opportunities for the campus community to combat homophobia, heterosexism, discrimination, and ignorance about LGBTQ issues
- To identify individuals in the Fairfield University community that will provide support, resources, information, and a safe place for LGBTQ students and their allies
- To improve the quality of life for all student populations on campus
- To provide visible resources and mentors for LGBTQ persons within the University community by providing a tangible sign of support
Faculty, staff, and student leaders can go through Safe Space training. Safe Space I training creates awareness of issues and builds participants' knowledge and skills. Safe Space II workshops examine particular issues more deeply, such as the coming out process and the intersection between sexuality and gender. A Safe Space I workshop must be completed before attending a Safe Space II workshop.
For a list of workshop dates, please contact the Office of Student Diversity Programs at (203) 254-4000 ext. 2806 or send an e-mail.
LGBT Exhibit: Student Life and Beyond
The Ally Network serves as a campus-wide resource to students who are in need of support. Upon completion of the training workshop, allies receive a Safe Space placard distinguishing them as part of the network. This placard is a symbol that the person will be understanding, supportive, and trustworthy if a gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer student needs help, advice, or just someone with whom they can talk. The person displaying the symbol is also a person who can give anyone accurate information about sexual orientation issues.
The University strives to create a welcoming and supportive environment for enrolled armed service veterans. The Office of Student Diversity Programs is able to direct student veterans to available resources on campus and assist veterans in connecting with the broader University community. For additional information, please contact Will Johnson or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.