Tompkins County
New York

Report or Discussion Item

Safe Space Training Video


Department:Human Rights DepartmentSponsors:
Category:Diversity and InclusionFunctions:Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Committee


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Meeting History

Apr 26, 2017 3:30 PM  Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Committee Regular Meeting

Ms. Simms said the County Administrator had asked the Human Rights Department staff to put together some educational and training materials to inform people about the Safe Space signs that are posted in County Departments. An eight-minute video was developed and contains a lot of information. The goal will be to make the video available at orientation and as needed within Departments.

Following the viewing of the video, Committee members provided feedback.

Mr. Mareane believes the video fulfills the vision this Committee had discussed. He suggested posting it on the County’s Intranet site.

Ms. Kelles also suggested that brochures could be included with the video and to have it posted on YouTube as a training video for the community as a whole. Mrs. McBean-Clairborne agreed the video could be used as an educational tool to better understand what a safe space means. In addition, the video could be part of the on-boarding package given to new employees.

Ms. Rios-Dominguez suggested a closed caption be added.

Mrs. McBean-Clairborne said she would like to have the Legislature view this video as well at the May 16th meeting and said she would discuss that further.

Mrs. McBean-Clairborne said in rolling this out, this Committee will be looking at contacting departments to schedule times to have employees view the video. She also believes it will be important to have someone available to answer questions that may arise. Mrs. McBean-Clairborne said she would like to share this video with others groups to get their feedback as well.

Mr. Mareane said he will take next the steps to move this forward.

May 8, 2017 4:00 PM  Budget, Capital and Personnel Committee Regular Meeting
May 16, 2017 5:30 PM Media Tompkins County Legislature Regular Meeting

Karen Baer, Human Rights Director, and Xavier Rusk, Human Rights Department Paralegal, provided a presentation of a video developed by the Office of Human Rights to increase awareness and understanding among County staff of what a "Safe Space" is and how to ensure a welcoming and respectful workplace culture. In addition, copies of a Policy Toolkit was distributed and reviewed.

Mrs. McBean-Clairborne thanked the staff of Human Rights for taking in some of the comments and suggestions that were given by the Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the Health and Human Services Committee. It was good to have members of the LGBTQ community at the Health and Human Services Committee meeting to offer suggestions as well.

In response to Ms. Chock’s question about how this will be rolled out to various departments, Ms. Baer said training will be available upon request and hopes to provide training to departments and groups outside the County. In addition, she also explained other interactive training tools used by the Department and some of the training that has taken place.

In response to Mr. John about efforts to reach out to the Sheriff’s Department, Ms. Baer commented the training tool is directed towards law enforcement and she would reach out to the Sheriff’s Department.