According to a survey done by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in 2003, "more than one third of gay college students experienced harassment in [2002]; half concealed sexual orientation to avoid intimidation, [and] 43% call their campus homophobic."

In February of 2008 the President’s Task Force on Campus Climate released its Report and Action Plan making it a high priority to establish a Safe Space program for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ) community to ensure our campus is a step ahead in creating a more inclusive atmosphere.

This Report and Action Plan was based on the findings of the Stony Brook University 2004 Campus Climate Survey. Results from the survey indicate that over 40% of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender respondents report that they have observed harassment based on sexual orientation by faculty/staff over the previous two years. Nearly half (49.5%) of LGBT people are not “out” in their departments.

The Stony Brook Safe Space program was nurtured into existence by the Center for Prevention and Outreach, The Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action, Employee Assistance Program, Physics and Astronomy, Psychology, Pride@SBU, and graduate and undergraduate students including some from the Stony Brook LGBTA.

Many months of planning and organization went into the program by a core planning committee. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank them for their hard work and dedication to the creation of the Stony Brook University Safe Space Program.

Donna Buehler, Employee Assistance Program
Pam Burris, Physics and Astronomy
Katie Flanagan, SBLGBTA
Michael Greenstein, Graduate Student
Jenny Hwang, Counseling and Psychological Services
Christina Law, Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action
Smita Majumdar Das, Wo/Men’s and Gender Resource Center
Bethany Riddle, Counseling and Psychological Services
Nancy Squires, Psychology
Marylou Stewart, Pride@SBU
Chris Tanaka, Center for Prevention and Outreach