Julie Oh

Suzanne Constantine

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INTS 347

December 1st.2017

Safe Zone

Participating the safe zone training and
Janet Mock book acidity required for my Experiential Learning project. The Safe
Zone training offered to learn about the LGBTQ, gender or sexual orientation
and Ally. I participated two different sections to earn a full credit for the
Safe Zone training, which were the Awareness Module on Tuesday, October 24th and
Ally Skills Building Module on Monday, November 6th. Before attending the Safe
Zone training programs, I didn’t know that much knowledge about the LGBTQ. The
LGBTQ stands for lesbian gay bisexual transgendered questioning. The Janet Mock
book activity was a very new program for me because I had never seen any trans
person in my life and it was very great time hearing about Janet’s story.
Because of her interview show, I learned about the gender transition, identity
over time, and thought about the transitioning. The Safe Zone training and book
activity were very new training while I was attending the entire workshop. 

On October 24th, I participated the first
half of the Safe Zone training program, which was the awareness Module. The
awareness module training was designed to be introducing the LGBTQ terms,
experiences and issues. The training taught definitely related to gender
expression and sexual or gender orientation. First, we had introduced ourselves
with names, majors or concentration, and our prefix. After introducing
ourselves, the training started beginning with the LGBTQ. The trainer talked
about what is identity and defined what identity means to us. While the trainer
talked about the identity, I had to list out the three identities that I think
about the most on our worksheet. I listed out by with the term “female”,
“Asian” and “heterosexual” which mean straight woman. Also, I had to list out
at least three categories that I didn’t think very much, which were a
socioeconomic class, physical and mental abilities or disabilities and
religion. I am still not sure what socioeconomic class I am involved and my
religion identities. It was hard to decide which side I am involved or located.
While the training process, trainers posted some of the construction paper that
was labeled by different topics on the wall. Each of us received a marker and
walked around the room and listed out keywords or stereotypes and any knowledge
that related to each topic. Also, if we agree with others opinion or knowledge
than we had to put a check mark next to each keyword. The topics were about
bisexual, intersex, Para sexual, Asexual, bipolar and others. After listing out
the information on each category, we started to go over each category by
reading aloud and discussed that we all agree or disagree with individual
opinions. Some of the categories were filled with lots of information and
facts, but others were almost empty because people didn’t recognize what the
word means and not having much knowledge related to that topic. For example,
when we talked about the Para-sexual category, people wrote such as “gender
blind”, “not determine”, “trans”, “sexual orientation”, “gender binary” and
“bisexual”. The Safe Zone training helped to educate our society to build
awareness and support of LGBTQ and individuals in our campus environment.

On the second half of the Safe Zone
workshop, I participated the Ally Skill Building Module. I already participated
the first half of the workshop, so it was easier to understand the
“Ally” training. The training focused on expanding the network of
LGBTQ and what it meant to be allied, techniques for being an advocate and challenging
heterosexism. During the training, I learned about an “Ally”, which was a
personal privilege in a particular identity category that listens to, work
with, advocates for, and support the members of an identity category and
community other than their own. Allies to racial, religious and ethnic groups
have been remarkably effective in advancing the positive change in the dominant
culture. We shared about why and when people need an ally and experiences about
needing an ally during our life. Also, we discussed the characteristics of
being an effective ally in our society and rules and roles of playing ally.
After the break, we divided and rotated the group into five sections and
observed a different story and situation. As we rotated our group, each member
had to pretend the situation and counsel the trainer. For example, when it was
my turn, I had to pretend that I am counseling a student, who was having
trouble to showing up his or her gender identity to friends and family members.
I had to counsel and gave some suggestions to a student to overcome his or her
worry. After pretending situation over, our group discussed the situation and
how could I improve my advising skills, so that I would help someone who has
similar worries in a future day. The awareness module workshop educated and
raised the awareness about LGBTQIQ issues and provided training, resources, and
tips for being an ally.

October 12th, I attended Janet Mock’s interview session at the Harris Theater
in the George Mason University. It was my first time to watch the women and
gender studies and LGBTQ show. Janet was African American transgender and
author who wrote some famous novels. While I was watching Janet’s interview,
the interviewer and Janet discussed many different points in her book and her
life. She shared her story about being trans and had many identities inside of
her. Janet made the audiences to accept more comfort way, while she was
introducing and sharing heavy topics. While she was talking about her personal
story, she mentioned that the self-love is important and that people must
strive to earn and achieved it.

participating in the Safe Zone training workshops and book activity, I could
connect with my learning community, because in the beginning of INTS 347 class,
I learned about the gender identity and types of the gender orientation. Also,
I explored how the sex and gender identity were different. I think that
participating in the Safe Zone training workshops brought a positive result to
people. First, people could explore the LGBTQ and the allied could be safe and
realized that some people were supportive. The ally could strive to be more
listeners, be open m-mind, and recognize their personal boundaries. Also, they
could believe that individuals based on the age, sex, race, religion, sexual
orientation, and gender identity or expression should be treated with respect.
Working several activities that related to the LGBTQ, we could have a chance to
involved and interacted with people on campus and the LGBTQ people felt more

Janet Mock – book activity



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