Creating safe spaces for everyone.
The UB Safe Space program helps make campus a more safe environment for all members of our community, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Meet our allies. Our members, also known as allies, are students, faculty and staff who support and respect members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) community. UB Allies have been trained to understand sexual orientation and gender identity issues, including the implications of coming out and how to address discrimination and harassment on campus. These allies can also provide resources for LGBTQ-identified people on campus.
Look for the signs. Allies can be identified by a UB Safe Space placard in their office and/or working areas. The sign serves as an indicator of allies with whom LGBTQ-identified people can speak openly and seek the support they need to succeed at UB.
Become an ally. Safe Space training is open to faculty, staff and students. It provides information about how to be a supportive ally to LGBTQ students and colleagues. Training topics include the role and importance of safe spaces, the components of sexuality and gender and what it means to be an ally. Once the training is complete, allies receive the UB Safe Space placard. Please inquire about future trainings by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gender-Neutral RestroomsTwo gender-neutral restrooms are located in the Student Center on the lower level.
Student Assistance Program
The Student Assistance Program (SAP) provides a variety of services that meet the needs of UB Students who are in school, balancing other responsibilities and are looking for additional support. Mental health services include:
- 24/7/365 access to a licensed mental health professional
- In person, online and/or by phone appointments available
- Up to five free sessions per topic and assistance connecting with long terms services when necessary.
- Completely confidential
- Access to hundreds of online resources and information
To contact the SAP and to reach a Student Care Coordinator call 1800-327-2251.
Employee Assistance Program (for staff and faculty)
UB offers an Employee Assistance Program, a confidential service available to faculty, exempt, non-exempt, and contingent II employees. It provides employees and their household members with free, confidential assistance to help with personal or professional problems that may interfere with work or family responsibilities and obligations.
In addition to the support the Diversity and Culture Center provides for our LGBTQ community, there are community resources available for students in the immediate area, including: