July 13, 2020

Upcoming Safe Zone Programs

Hello colleagues—

Safe Zone is excited to announce several upcoming programs, including our Fall Book Club. The UMW Safe Zone program offers programs 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 campus citizens. All of our programs are free and open to the ENTIRE UMW community.

  • We will be offering a Basic Safe Zone workshop on Thursday, September 12th from 2:00pm-4:30pm. This training focuses on terminology, issues related to privilege, increasing awareness and sensitivity, and how to support the LGBTQ+ population on campus. This is an opportunity for any faculty or staff member to become a Safe Zone ally. Space is limited and registration is required. Please email Laura Wilson at lwilson5@umw.edu to register for this training or if you have questions. All participants get cool Safe Zone swag!
  • We will be offering an Advanced Safe Zone workshop on Wednesday, September 18th from 3:30pm-6:00pm. The advanced training is for faculty and staff who have already completed the basic training and covers more advanced topics, including bystander intervention. Space is limited and registration is required. Please email Laura Wilson at lwilson5@umw.edu to register for this training or if you have questions. All participants get cool Safe Zone swag!
  • We will be offering our Fall Book Club as a two-part program on Wednesday, October 2 from 5:00pm-6:15pm and Wednesday, October 9 from 5:00pm-6:15pm. We will be reading “Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter?” by Heath Fogg Davis. The first 13 people to register get a free book! Plus, all participants get cool Safe Zone swag. Space is limited and registration is required. Please email Laura Wilson at lwilson5@umw.edu to register for the book club or if you have questions.
  • Come celebrate National Coming Out Day on Wednesday, October 9th from 11am-2pm on the UC Patio (rain location UC Kiosk A)! We will be giving out Safe Zone tech tattoos for your keyboards, pronoun buttons, and helpful resources.
  • We will be celebrating International Pronouns Day on Wednesday, October 16th. We will be handing out pronoun buttons at Coming Out Day and we ask everyone to wear a pronoun button on International Pronouns Day!

If you would like more information about Safe Zone, to see the list of campus allies or access LGBTQ+ inclusion resources, please visit the website at bit.ly/UMWsafezone.