The Intercultural Development (ID) co-curriculum engages everyone at Saint Mary's to build an inclusive community.  Facilitated by trained student ID Leaders, ID fosters interpersonal communication skills, identity development, and allyship.


Each month, Intercultural Development (ID) student leaders hold monthly CONNECT sessions in all first-year residence halls aimed at helping students meet others in their community as well as discover elements of their identity they might not have previously thought about.

Each CONNECT session is 60-90 minutes long and is designed around an activity and open dialogue which allow residents to bond and CONNECT with their residential community. The ID program is a great opportunity for students to ask questions, discuss current issues, and take time out of their busy schedules to reflect. Each session is framed within the concept of “respect,” and we urge all participants to share their stories in a safe environment.

November 2015 Connect Calendar

Date Time Building Location
11/5/2015  7:30 Assumption Assumption Lounge
11/10/2015 7:30 De La Salle De La Salle 113
11/10/2015 8:00 Augustine Augustine Lounge 
11/11/2015 8:00  Justin/Mitty Justin Lounge
11/11/2015 7:30 De La Salle De La Salle 113
11/12/2015 8:00 Aquinas Aquinas Lounge
11/16/2015 8:00 Aquinas Aquinas Lounge 
11/18/2015 8:00 Augustine Augustine Lounge
11/19/2015 8:00 Justin/Mitty Justin Lounge 



Invest sessions are student-facilitated community dialogues on hot button issues that give the Saint Mary's Community a place to come together and discuss a range of topics.

Practicing Controversy with Civility

Upcoming Dialogues


Thurs, 11/19 • SCHOOL SWAP: No Neighborhood Left Behind? 

5:00 p.m. 

A conversation on the disparities between public schools based on location, access to resources, and more.

All Invests take place in the IC at either 5 or 6 p.m. See Fall 2015 schedule above.


                      Meet Your 2015-2016 ID Leaders! 

  (From left to right) Diego Rocha (Sociology, 2016), Monica Daggett (Environmental Science and WAGS, 2018), Marisela Ornelas (Biology, 2016), Desmond Hatter (Business Administration, 2018), Natalie Antolin (WAGS and Interactive Theater, 2018), Miranda Heaney (Sociology and WAGS, 2017), Taylor Gida (Biology and English, 2016), Kimi Schiefer (English and Creative Writing, 2018)


Safe Zone

Safe Zone PlacardThe Safe Zone program aims to create a visible network of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual (LGBTQIA) individuals and their allies by providing an avenue through which any member of the Saint Mary’s Community can show their support.  Safe Zone's purpose is to reduce homophobia and heterosexism on our campus and thereby make our campus a safer and freer environment for all members of our community. This program also creates an educational experience through which students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to explore their personal identities, cultural identities, stereotypes, privilege, and what it means to be an Ally. The program is also designed to understand how these issues impact the Saint Mary’s and global community. After attending this workshop participants have the choice to sign the Safe Zone Pledge and take a Safe Zone placard.

 What is an ALLY?

·       Someone who is committed to providing visible, tangible support for the LGBTQIA community

·       Someone you can go to for day to day advice, and know that your sexuality or gender identity is not an issue and is not something you have to worry about concealing

·       Someone who is committed to providing a confidential (within limits) safe zone for members of the LGBTQIA community
·       Someone who is available as a reference for anyone with questions about sexuality or gender identity issues. An ally may not always have an answer, but should know where to find it.
·       Someone who has agreed to continually improve their knowledge about the LGBTQIA community and issues via in-service or continuous training sessions and campus programs
·       Someone who agrees to combat homophobia and heterosexism on a personal level.
·       Someone who believes that our campus is enriched and enlivened by the diversity of LGBTQIA students, faculty and staff
·       Someone who can comfortably use inclusive language, avoid stereotyping, and be actively aware of heterosexism

·       Someone who agrees to support other allies


An ALLY is not:

 ·       (necessarily) A licensed, professional counselor, but an ALLY can offer someone a menu of alternative sources for help

·       A spokesperson for the LGBTQIA communities at large, but an ALLY is an individual that can speak for themselves from their experience
·       An expert on the "coming out" process, but an ALLY is someone who is sensitive to and concerned for individuals during this process. An ALLY can offer someone a selection of others to whom they can speak.

 You can request a safe zone training for your organization, department, or office by emailing Legacy Lee ([email protected]) or check back here for spring dates of campus wide trainings.






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