Tompkins County
New York

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