Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.81
Liaison Kathleen Crawford
Submission Date July 28, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Florida Gulf Coast University
EN-7: Employee Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Katie Leone
Sustainability Coordinator
Environmental Health & Safety
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Total number of employees (staff + faculty, headcount):
1,594

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program (avoid double-counting):
1,594

Percentage of employees served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
100

Name of the employee educators program:
Safe Zone

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
1,594

A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities:

Safe Zone training occurs every other month and is open to any student, faculty, or staff of FGCU. They are three hours long and cover a number of topics facing the LGBTIQ Community.

Upon completing the Safe Zone training, participants are invited to display a Safe Zone Magnet at their individual work/personal space or on personal items such as briefcases, backpacks, or purses. The Safe Zone logo communicates that the person displaying it has completed the training and helps members of the LGBTIQ Community identify people that can support them if they face any issues or challenges or simply want to talk. Over the lifetime of the program, 508 people have completed FGCU's Safe Zone 3-hour ally training. In FY16-17, 85 people completed the ally training. Safe Zone 2 is offered to people who have completed the initial ally training, and covers specific topics more in-depth.

In addition to the in-depth Safe Zone training, Safe Zone delivers presentations to various classes and in other university settings to promote understanding of the LGBTIQ culture. Safe Zone informational materials are also available at events such as Campus Pride, PFLAG meetings, SWFL Pride Festival, and at Residence Life events.

Please see http://www.fgcu.edu/SafeZone/index.html for more information.


A brief description of how the employee educators are selected:

Trainers are individuals who have attended a workshop specifically providing detailed training in issues affecting the LGBTIQ community and have experience in presenting the program. All are welcome to become trainers.


A brief description of the formal training that the employee educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach:

After completing the initial three-hour long Safe Zone training, anyone interested in becoming a trainer can complete the necessary training to do so. At the Safe Zone trainer training, participants gain a deeper understanding of the various topics covered during the three-hour Safe Zone Training program so that they can facilitate successful conversations and be prepared to answer questions. Future trainers reflect on subject matter that they have a grasp on and that which they need to learn more about. They are also encouraged to identify topics that they are not comfortable leading so that they can be paired with another trainer that has more knowledge and expertise with that topic. Finally, future trainers are given mock situations and scenarios that help them practice what it will be like leading Safe Zone training.

This peer-to-peer education program is open to any faculty and staff that wants to complete the trainer training. There are always new trainers being trained and executing programs for their peers continually. Trainers learn from their peers to become content experts in equity and inclusion efforts that they can pass on to other peers once during future trainings.


A brief description of the financial and/or administrative support the institution provides to the program (e.g. annual budget and/or paid faculty/staff coordination):

FGCU's Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) department provide needed materials for the programs and trainers volunteer their time to ensure the program's success.


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Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount) (2nd program):
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A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (2nd program):
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A brief description of how the employee educators are selected (2nd program):
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A brief description of the formal training that the employee educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach (2nd program):
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A brief description of the financial and/or administrative support the institution provides to the program (e.g. annual budget and/or paid faculty/staff coordination) (2nd program):
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A brief description of all other employee peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education programs, including the number of employees served and how employee educators are selected, trained, and supported by the institution:
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Total number of hours employee educators are engaged in peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education activities annually:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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This data is from the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

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