What is Safe Zone?
Safe Zone is a campus-wide program committed to making The University of Arizona a safer, more welcoming, and inclusive environment for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) community. By becoming affiliated with Safe Zone, you are indicating that you will be an identifiable source of support and nurturance for LGBTQ students, staff, and faculty on our campus. Your participation in Safe Zone sends a strong message to campus community members that you are available to talk about their concerns, whether they are of acknowledged LGBTQ community members, of those questioning their sexuality or gender identity, or concerns of allies.
All workshops are free and open to the campus community. Any student, staff, or faculty member is welcome and all are strongly encouraged to attend. The complete Safe Zone Training consists of two workshops, including a General Education and an Ally Development workshop.
How do I become Safe Zone trained?
The full Safe Zone Training includes both the General Education and Ally Development trainings. You can attend one or both trainings. Those who only attend the Ally Development must have previously completed General Education. Participants who complete both will receive a Safe Zone placard to display in their on campus space. You must register in advance in order to attend.
General Education Training- 2.5 hours
This training is designed to introduce participants to the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) people. General Education will introduce definitions related to sexual orientation and gender identity, address homophobia and heterosexism, and dispel myths and misunderstandings about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender identities and communities. It is a prerequisite for the Ally Development training. Participants who complete this session will receive a Safe Zone button.
Ally Development Training- 2 hours
The Ally Development training is designed to provide participants with information that will help them become allies for the LGBTQ community. Participants must complete the General Education workshop prior to this workshop. Facilitators assume that participants come with an understanding of issues facing LGBTQ people, and have some understanding of the concepts of heterosexism, homophobia, and cisgender privilege. Participants who complete this session will receive a Safe Zone placard indicating they are an identifiable source of support and nurturance for members of the LGBTQ community.
I have already attended the full training. Are there opportunities to learn more?
Advanced Safe Zone Trainings
Advanced Safe Zone trainings are designed for participants who have completed at minimum the General Education portion of Safe Zone. They provide participants with a deeper understanding of specific target topics and identities. One purpose of these workshops is to allow for guided discussion and advanced critical thinking on how our university can continue to be a safe space for the LGBTQ community and what participants can do to become stronger allies.
Advanced trainings occur atleast once a semester and you must register in advanced in order to attend. Past examples of advanced trainings include: Transgender 101, Blackness & Queerness, and Queering Disability (as pictured on the right).
How do I register for Safe Zone trainings?
Please visit our training calendar here.
What is Safe Zone's impact?
Since the reinvigoration of Safe Zone in 2010, over 2,800 people have participated in one or more of our trainings. In 2011, the Office of LGBTQ Affairs conducted an evaluation of the Safe Zone program to discover its impact.
Results revealed that Safe Zone was largely visible to LGBTQ community members and had a meaningful impact on positive perceptions of campus climate
74% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that Safe Zone placards make them feel safer on campus
91% agreed or strongly agreed that Safe Zone placards make them feel better about the campus climate at the University of Arizona
To learn more about the need for the Safe Zone program and the impact it is has on the University of Arizona campus, please read the results of the University of Arizona Safe Zone Program Impact Evaluation.
Safe Zone is funded by the Office of LGBTQ Affairs, Residence Life, and by funds from the LGBT-Straight Alliance Fund, a special project of the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona.
Who do I contact if I have questions, require special accommodations, experience registration issues, or want to request a tailored training?
Please refer registration issues, special accommodations, and any questions to the Graduate Assistant for Ally Development with the Office of LGBTQ Affairs, Michael Woodward. Michael can easily be reached by email: firstname.lastname@example.org phone: (520) 626-1996.
To request trainings specifically for your department, group, or student organization please fill out the Safe Zone Special Request Form.