Project Dignity was created at the University of North Georgia (then known as North Georgia College & State University) in May 2001 to address concerns about the opportunity of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transsexuals to study and work at the university without being subjected to discrimination and harassment. The founding members also agreed to a commitment to provide a safe environment for all members of the UNG community and a setting where issues of safety and discrimination can be addressed and solutions developed. Therefore, the organization and its members provide moral support, encouragement, sources of assistance, and referrals for members of the university community who are subject to mistreatment, harassment, or other forms of discrimination on account of race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, or other characteristics. While the organization wishes to spare all members of this community from all forms and levels of distress caused by mistreatment, it places a special emphasis on the vital need to provide support and service to people who are contemplating suicide, in the determined hope that we can interrupt an ominous sequence of events before it is too late to avert tragedy. If you are in need of help, or know someone who is in need, please contact us.
The Alliances of Project Dignity
Project Dignity operates chiefly through three alliances. Click on the links below to visit the pages for each alliance.
The Inclusive Community Alliance provides support for individuals who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, or questioning.
The Harassment Prevention Alliance provides support for individuals who are being subjected to harassment because of race, religion, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or other factors.
The Suicide Prevention Alliance provides support for individuals who are contemplating suicide.
Safe Space Listeners --
here for a list of Safe Space Listeners!
One of the ways that Project Dignity helps people who need us is through the use of Safe Spaces. Safe Spaces are usually the offices of Project Dignity members who have volunteered and have been trained to offer assistance to those in need. A list of the Safe Space Listeners, along with their contact information, can be located on the Safe Space Listeners page.
Disclaimer. Except for a very small number of trained psychologists, social workers, and counselors who are Safe Space Listeners, the substantial majority of Safe Space Listeners are laypeople not trained for the aforementioned professions. As the title implies, they have received a modest amount of training on the issue of listening to visitors who would find a sympathetic sounding board to be helpful. They are not medical or mental-health providers. They have pledged confidentiality as part of their responsibilities to Project Dignity; however, the legal standard of "counselor-client privilege" does not apply as specified in the Georgia Code. See the Web page that describes the relevant rules and standards.
Look for this Safe Space Listener sticker, which Safe Space Listeners will display on their office doors.
Project Dignity Officers
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Barry D. Friedman
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