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Safe Zone

According to the Campus Pride 2010 State of Higher Education for LGBT People Report, LGBQ students were significantly more likely to experience harassment when compared with their heterosexual counterparts and were seven times more likely to indicate the harassment was based on their sexual identity. Also, LGBQ respondents more often seriously considered leaving their institution and feared for their physical safety due to sexual identity and avoided disclosure of sexual identity due to intimidation and fear of negative consequences.

In this regard, the role of social justice allies are a critical factor in developing a positive sense of self, community, coping with discrimination, and improving campus climate. Furthermore, while some institutions have non-discrimination policies that include sexual orientation and gender identification, these polices alone are not an indicator of the student, staff, and/or faculty daily experience. Therefore, Safe Zone Training seeks to increase the visible presence of students, staff and faculty who can help to shape a campus culture that is accepting of all people regardless of sexuality, gender identification/expression, or any other difference. Training topics and exercises include: becoming comfortable discussing sexuality and gender identifications, the importance of inclusive language, creating safe spaces and how to be a supportive advocate and ally for LGBTQ social justice and equality.

Participants are provided a resources packet, and those who wish to be LGBTQ allies are also given a Safe Zone magnet that acknowledges their space as safe to LGBTQ persons to express themselves openly and know they will be treated with respect.

As an ally, you are expected to be open and affirming to LGBTQ persons, and to provide information and referrals when needed. The LGBTQ Center provides departmental training to students, staff and faculty year round. This interactive training is about 2 hours.

To find out more about how you can participate in Safe Zone training, please contact the LGBTQ Center at 513-556-4329.

NOTE: We can only train groups of between 15-60 individuals.

Ally Training Curriculum Series FAQs

Where are trainings held?
We request that you find a space that will comfortably hold your expected number of partoicipants, as well as having a way to project our PowerPoint and access to the internet.

How many people can attend the training?
There is a minimum requirement of 15 participants and a maximum of 60. If there are less than 15 training at the start of the presentation, the LGBTQ Center may cancel the training. We request that one week prior to the training, we receive a total number or participants so we can prepare training materials.

How long is the training?
The training is roughly 2 hours long.

When can I have the training?
We ask that you send the LGBTQ Center a few possible dates and time that you would like to have the training so we can work to fit it into our schedule as well.

What training should I take?
The Ally Training Curriculum Series is a 4 part series, including Safe Zone 101, Safe Zone 201, Trans* 101, and Trans* 201. We recommend that you at them in ascending order and complete at least Safe Zone 101 before taking either Trans* training. 

Safe Zone