In commemoration of Pride Month, Falvey Memorial Library is proud to say that many of our staff members and building tenants have pledged as Villanova University Safe Zone volunteers. As expressed on their website, The Safe Zone program, sponsored by VU Pride and Student Life, provides “safe spaces on campus that are highly visible and easily identifiable to all people as spaces where support and understanding are assured.”
Safe Zone volunteers take part in 90-minute training session, with workshops led by Dr. Eloise Berry, Director, Office of Intercultural Affairs; Kevin Grubb, Executive Director, Career Center; and Dr. Frank Arricale, Staff Psychologist, Holloway Counseling Center. Throughout the sessions, trainees reflect on personal experiences that shape our identities, acknowledged our self –awareness, and develop techniques for active and mindful listening.
After completing training, volunteers are authorized to post the Safe Zone symbol on the windows outside of their office areas. The Library has many Safe Zones and volunteers that offer a safe place for students regardless of “race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, class, religion, age, or ability.”
Falvey staff and librarians who have taken the training and created Safe Zones in the Library are:
Deborah Bishov, Room 225
Robin Bowles, Room 220
Luisa Cywinski, Access Services (First Floor)
Regina Duffy, RMC (Ground Floor)
Nikolaus Fogle, Room 227
Linda Hauck, Room 222
Millicent Gaskell, Room 202 (Old Falvey)
Rob LeBlanc, Room 226
Joanne Quinn, RMC (Ground Floor)
Kallie Stahl, RMC (Ground Floor)
As members of the Villanova community, Falvey Library supports the creation of a community “where mutual love and respect for individual differences guide our community life.” If you would like to become a Safe Zone volunteer, please contact Teri O’ Brien, Executive Administrative Assistant for Student Life (firstname.lastname@example.org). View the entire list of Villanova’s Safe Zone volunteers here and links to how you can apply, too.
Also, feel free to explore or contribute to Falvey’s Diversity and Inclusion Subject Guide, a ‘living’ resource guide that welcomes material and suggestions of interest to communities who may feel marginalized.
Photo by Joanne Quinn, Director of Communication & Marketing, Falvey Memorial Library
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