Safe Zone Program and Training

Safe Zone Logo (Pink Triangle and rainbow circles)Safe Zone is a campus-wide program designed to educate students, faculty, staff, and community members on LGBTQ identities and experiences. The goal is to create a community that is inclusive for people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions. Safe Zone aims to prepare individuals to foster an affirming environment in which all people are free to thrive personally, academically, and professionally.

Safe Zone has been designed as a multipart training, with each part building upon the concepts introduced in the previous section. Safe Zone 101 will introduce individuals to basic language and concepts, and will also start the conversation on what allyship looks like. Safe Zone 201 focuses specifically on trans and nonbinary identities, as well as how to best affirm trans and enby individuals. Safe Zone 301 delves into the nitty gritty of allyship, asking participants to workshop how to actively support LGBTQ individuals in their personal and professional lives.

Following completion of all three courses, participants are invited to be a part of the Safe Zone Network – a visible network of students, faculty, staff, alum, and community members who are committed to implementing the knowledge they gained in building a more inclusive community. These individuals will receive a certificate of completion, an updated Safe Zone decal, and will be eligible to be added to an online directory of Safe Zone Network members. By joining the Safe Zone Network, individuals are agreeing to continually promote a safe and affirming space for LGBTQ people.

CSDI offers regularly scheduled Safe Zone trainings throughout the year. We also offer tailored trainings for groups of 20 or more participants. To request a training for your department or organization, please email the Associate Director of LGBTQ+ Initiatives, Dr. April Callis, at callisas@miamioh.edu.