October 24, 2017

Safe Zone Workshops

The Safe Zone program offers workshops that are designed to educate members of the University community about lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ+) issues to increase the safety and inclusion of all its members.

Safe Zone consists of people who will:

  1. Be understanding, supportive, and trustworthy if LGBTQ+ individuals need help, advice or just someone to talk to.
  2. Not tolerate homophobic and heterosexist comments and actions and will address them in an educational and informative manner.
  3. Have received training and can provide information regarding on- or off-campus resources.

We offer two types of Safe Zone workshops for faculty and staff. The Basic training focuses on terminology, issues related to privilege, increasing awareness and sensitivity, and how to support the LGBTQ+ population on campus. The Advanced training is for faculty and staff who have already completed the Basic training and covers more advanced topics, including bystander intervention.

We are currently accepting enrollment for a Basic training session for any interested faculty or staff member on Friday, Aug. 18, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. We are offering an Advanced training on Thursday, Aug. 24 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is required and space is limited. Please email Laura Wilson at lwilson5@umw.edu to register for the training or if you have questions.