May 24, 2024

Safe Zone Training

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:

  1. Will be understanding, supportive, and trustworthy if LGBTQ+ individuals need help, advice or just someone to talk to.
  2. Will not tolerate homophobic and heterosexist comments and actions and will address them in an educational and informative manner.
  3. Will 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 geared toward faculty and staff who have already completed the Basic training and covers more advanced topics, including bystander intervention.

We are currently accepting enrollment for two Basic training sessions for any interested faculty or staff member on Tuesday, March 21, from noon to 2 p.m. and Wednesday, April 12, from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. We are also offering an Advanced training on Tuesday, April 11, from noon to 2 p.m. Registration is required and space is limited. Please email Laura Wilson at lwilson5@umw.edu to register for one of the trainings or if you have questions.