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Creating Safe Spaces

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About the project

Creating Safe Spaces is a resource and training project developed by Dakota OutRight. Our goal is to equip educators, counselors, and all kinds of youth-serving professionals to learn more about supporting LGBTQIA youth and creating safe spaces within their organization. The toolkits come with an array of resources so that you can make a circle of impact, no matter how small. And there are enough resources per toolkit to share with multiple professionals from one organization. CSS Window Cling -01

The primary component is our Creating Safe Spaces resource toolkit, which is available FREE of charge. We ask that organizations and professionals who use the toolkit attend a face-to-face training, which will be offered quarterly. The training will take you through the resource guide, but will also look deeper at ways schools can become more welcoming to diverse families, as well as take participants through in-depth, interactive skills building and role play exercises.

Good news! Our first training is scheduled for Saturday, April 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. at the Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library, Room A. Save the date—we will open the official registration soon. CEUs for social work and nursing are pending, and we fully expect the training to satisfy educators’ requirements.

What’s in the toolkit?

  • Creating Safe Spaces Resource Guide with the following sections: Identity vs. Orientation, Messages and Climate, Increasing Supports and Creating Safe Spaces, and Resources
  • “This is a Safe Space” window decals for your office or workspace
  • Safe Space Guidelines posters to create with youth and hang in common areas
  • Brochures for Dakota OutRight and Creating Safe Spaces for Youth
  • “I Create Safe Spaces” silicone bracelets for increased visibility as a safe person when out of office

If you would like to receive a toolkit, please register below. You will also receive updates on our training opportunities and any other new resources affiliated with this project. Toolkits available early March 2016!

Affirming and welcoming business? Check this out!

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Businesses are encouraged to sign up to be listed in our online directory, debuting soon. Click the image above to register!


About Dakota OutRight


“Dakota OutRight’s mission is to serve the LGBTQIA community of central and western North Dakota by increasing visibility, providing resources and information, advocating for equality, and creating safe spaces for connection, support, and celebration.”
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OUR VISION Dakota OutRight’s vision is to be a leader of positive change for the LGBTQIA communities in central and western North Dakota by:

  • Providing educational resources and outreach
  • Creating safe spaces for information, community events, and celebrations
  • Advocating for basic legal protections, (ie. employment, housing, anti-discrimination, marriage equality)
  • Creating and identifying allies in state and local government, and
  • Fostering camaraderie among LGBTQIA community and allies to achieve visibility and acceptance


How You Can Help

  • Learn more about LBGTQIA issues and how those impact the lives of people around you
  • Vocally and visibly support basic legal protections, (i.e. non-discrimination for employment and housing)
  • Get involved in community committees that Dakota OutRight offers: Outreach, Events, Pride, etc.
  • Become a sustaining donor of Dakota OutRight by becoming a member! Learn more here.

Join the Dakota OutRight Board

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Dakota OutRight is adding two members to our board. Join a diverse group of deeply committed leaders who have big plans and need you to make them happen.

We welcome members of the LGBTQIA community, including allies, to take their community leadership to the next level. Although everyone brings specific talents to the table, we are especially interested to recruit members with experience in finance, fund development, and community organizing.

We are developing a comprehensive position description, but board members serve two-year terms. We have monthly board meetings in addition to committee work done outside of monthly meetings. There are many opportunities to match your skills to our many areas of work.

How do I apply?

It’s simple. Send a letter of interest and your resume to We will invite you to a regular board meeting for a non-formal interview process. Pending board approval and a background check, welcome to the team!

Are you a student leader? We have an opportunity for you!

We’re looking for an outstanding high school student to serve on our board. Positions run concurrent with school semesters. We’re now looking to place an applicant for the Spring 2016 or Fall 2016 semester. Make a difference in your community and get amazing hands-on experience that can positively impact your future. To apply, send a letter of interest to