You Are Welcome Here

The “You are Welcome Here” campaign seeks to increase visibility, to identify multiple points of access to LBGTQ+ support services, and to create a more welcoming campus environment.

The campaign asks MIT faculty and staff to consider posting a “You Are Welcome Here” sign in a visible location. By posting the sign, individuals are affirming that they:

  1. Will avoid heterosexist assumptions, confront homophobia, and use inclusive language (“partner” or “spouse,” rather than “boyfriend” or “wife”);
    1. ​Example: Someone is talking with a woman, Tammy Beaver, and assumes she is straight and asks, "Do you have a girlfriend?" Instead of asking, "Do you have a partner/spouse?" This lets Tammy Beaver decide if she want to answer and say if she has a partner or if she wants to say she has a wife/girlfriend without having to out herself.  (Or you could not ask about someone's relationship status/marital status unless the person chooses to bring it up.)
  2. Believe that our campus is enriched by the inclusion of LBGT people; and
  3. Will refer individuals to the LBGTQ+ Services and other appropriate resources.

The Campaign is built upon similar "Safe Space" or "Safe Zone" programs that have been implemented in schools, universities, companies, and communities across the United States. A listing of schools that sponsor such program is available. Please note that individuals who display the “You Are Welcome Here” sign have not gone through the full 2 hour You Are Welcome Here training, but they are agreeing to the statements above and helping to create a more welcoming environment on campus.

Please email lbgt@mit.edu if you would like to participate in the YAWH general campaign for the white postcard.  It is now available in a digital format as well which can be used in your email signature.

 

YOU ARE WELCOME HERE TRAINED CARDS

LBGTQ+ Services is now offering a 2 Hour LBGTQ+ Identities training to staff, and faculty groups as part of the SPXCE LEAD Series that happens twice a semester.  These trainings cover: allyship, terminology, statistics, gender bias, stereotypes, LBGTQ+ resources, current events, and more to help equip participants with active skills to be a resource.

Responsibilities of recieving a YAWH trained card are attending a 2 hour training by SPXCE as well as agreeig to:

  • Be a visible and vocal ally
  • Be an active ally
  • Keep your YAWH trained card/virtual card with you
  • Challenge other's language
  • Be familiar with resources at MIT to refer students and staff to
  • Continue to educate yourself
  • Know how to respond to hate/bias incidents
  • Continually make changes for a more inclusive environment

At the end of the training you will recieve the black specific card.  If you're interested in attending this training and signing up to be on the waitlist for the next training please sign-up through the MIT LEAD trainings presented by SPXCE: https://studentlife.mit.edu/impact-opportunities/diversity-inclusion/spxce/lead-workshop-series