Safe Zone Program and Training

 Safe Zone is a campus-wide program designed to educate students, faculty, and staff on LGBTQ identities and experiences and build their skills in actively creating a Miami community that is inclusive for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities and expressions. During a Safe Zone workshop, participants will learn language that relates to the LGBTQ community, identify some of the issues facing LGBTQ individuals, develop skills for being an ally to LGBTQ people, and learn about resources for LGBTQ people on campus and in the community. Safe Zone aims to prepare individuals to foster an environment in which all people are free to thrive personally, academically, professionally.

Following completion of the introductory Safe Zone training, Safe Zone 101, participants are invited to be a part of the Safe Zone Network – a visible network of students, faculty, and staff who are committed to implementing the knowledge they gained in building a more inclusive campus community. These individuals can be identified by their Safe Zone decal, and a directory of Safe Zone members will be available online will be coming soon. By joining the Safe Zone Network, students, faculty, and staff are taking a pledge to promote a safe and affirming space for LGBTQ people by offering an atmosphere of respect, fairness, and trust.

Safe Zone 101 (2.5 hours)

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The focus of this training is to provide participants with the fundamentals of awareness, history, language, and basic tips on how to be an ally of the LGBTQ community. Participants will define common LGBTQ+ terminology and understand the importance of using inclusive language, gain empathy and build cultural respect, and explore ways to create a more inclusive environment at Miami University. In addition, participants will learn ways they can integrate strategies for becoming an active ally of the LGBTQ+ community within their role at the University.

Workshop Dates

Registration for Safe Zone 101

Safe Zone 201 (2 hours)

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The focus of this training is to build on the knowledge gained in Safe Zone 101 and focus specifically on what it means to be an ally and to empower participants to practice allyship and advocacy. This training explores privilege, microaggressions, and microinvalidations and provides specific tools and resources to help foster a more safe and inclusive environment at Miami University

Please note: Fall 2017 dates coming soon

Trans* 101 (3 hours)

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The focus of this training is to provide participants with awareness, history, language and general knowledge of trans* spectrum identities. This training helps participants develop self-awareness and to think critically about their own assumptions as related to gender, gender identity, and/or gender expression. Participants will develop an understanding of the nuances between gender, gender identity and, gender expression and the disconnection to biological sex and sexuality. Participants will begin to think critically about ways to serve as allies for the trans* population and identify resources for supporting the trans* population at Miami University.

Please note: Trans 101 will begin again in Spring 2018.

To request a training for your department or organization, please email lgbtq@miamioh.edu