The Safe Space Program helps to alleviate misunderstanding and negativity directed toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, asexual individuals and their allies that is common throughout institutions of higher learning, and Georgia Tech is no exception. Numerous studies have consistently shown that LGBTQIA students are victims of continual acts of harassment and violence ranging from verbal insults to physical aggression. The main objective of Tech's Safe Space Program is to provide a supportive environment for LGBTQIA members of the campus community and their allies to foster a social climate in which others do not feel the need to express anti-gay attitudes in order to "fit in". After attending Safe Space training, participation in the program will be entirely voluntary. Georgia Tech opened its LGBTQIA Center on April 1, 2014. Dr. Aby Parsons is the Center’s inaugural director. The Safe Space Program is a joint effort between Pride Alliance, the LGBTQIA Resource Center, the Office of Student Diversity Programs, and the Counseling Center. To learn more about the Program and how one can be involved visit lgbtqia.gatech.edu.