WHAT IS SAFE ZONE?
The Safe Zone program aims to build a community of people who will be understanding, supportive, trustworthy and confidential for LGBTQ+ students by providing assistance, advice, or an open mind and ear to listen. Safe Zone aims to create supportive and inclusive environment for those interested in addressing homophobic comments using an educational perspective.
PROGRAM GOALS | Safe Zone will:
- Provide a supportive environment for LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning) students and allies on campus.
- Increase the visible presence of LGBTQ+ allies and places that are ‘safe’ for LGBTQ+ students across campus.
LEARNING GOALS | Participants of Safe Zone will:
- Identify resources available to support LGBTQ+ students.
- Increase knowledge of LGBTQ+ terminology.
- Assess their attitudes and beliefs related to LGBTQ+ bias.
- Reflect on the importance of faculty allies to LGBTQ+ students.
- Learn the impact of anti-LGBTQ+ bias and its impact on students’ academic, social, emotional, and spiritual success.
- Explore strategies to respond to anti-LGBTQ+ bias and harassment situations that may occur in and outside the classroom.
Salomon Rodezno, M.Ed., Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion
Sheila E. McGinn, Ph.D., Theology & Religious Studies
Gail Roussey, M.A., Certified Pastoral Minister, Campus Ministry