What is Safe Zone?

Safe Zone is a community of people who will be understanding, supportive, trustworthy, and confidential for the LGBT community providing assistance, advice, or an open mind and ear to listen. We want to create an environment that is supportive and inclusive. We will not tolerate homophobic comments and actions and will address these issues from an educational perspective.

Program Goals

Safe Zone will:

  • Provide a supportive environment for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) allies of the campus community.
  • Increase the visible presence of LGBT allies and places that are ‘safe’ for LGBT students across campus.

Learning Goals

Participants of Safe Zone will:

  • Identify resources available to support LGBT students.
  • Increase knowledge of LGBT terminology.
  • Assess their own attitudes and beliefs related to LGBT bias.
  • Reflect on the importance of faculty allies to LGBT students.
  • Learn the impact of anti-LGBT bias and its impact on students’ academic, social, emotional, and spiritual success.
  • Explore strategies and develop skills to respond to anti-LGBT bias and harassment situations that may occur in and outside the classroom.

Facilitators:
Danielle Carter, M.A., Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion
Salomon Rodezno, M.Ed., Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion
Sheila E. McGinn, Ph.D., Theology & Religious Studies