What is Safe Zone?
Safe Zone is a campus-wide training program committed to making The University of Arizona a safer, more welcoming, and inclusive environment for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) community. The intention of the program is to shift campus climate through education. Your participation in Safe Zone sends a strong message to campus community members that you are an identifiable source of support and nurturance for LGBTQ+ students, staff, and faculty on our campus. All workshops are free and open to the campus community. Any student, staff, or faculty member is welcome and all are strongly encouraged to participate.
How do I become Safe Zone trained?
The Safe Zone Training is now fully online, and all learning materials are on D2L (Desire to Learn). This workshop is multimedia, incorporating videos, discussion boards, and online assessments. Participants who complete this workshop will receive a Safe Zone Network Digital Badge. Please Register in advance to complete the Safe Zone Training.
Safe Zone Network: General Education Workshop- 3-4 hours
This workshop is designed to introduce University of Arizona community members to the identities and experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) people. Workshop participants will be introduced to definitions related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and other important terminology; will learn about how to move away from thinking of identity as binary and to a continua model; will hear students at the University of Arizona identify issues they encounter on campus; and will be asked to reflect on their role as allies. Participants who complete this workshop will receive a Safe Zone Network Digital Badge.
How do I register for Safe Zone trainings?
Please visit our Safe Zone Training Registration Form.
To request a panel specifically for your class, department, or organization please submit the Safe Zone Panel Request Form at least 30 days before your event. ***
Digitizing Safe Zone Training
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We have spent the last year converting Safe Zone into an online training module through D2L. A beta-test happened from March 20-April 7, 2017 and the digitized workshop launches January of 2018. LGBTQ+ Resource Center Students were involved with the curriculum design, participated in video interviews, and helped with the video production. 117 registrants participated in the beta test, including 39 stakeholders (faculty, staff, and graduate students with a vested interest in an online Safe Zone program or in social justice) and 78 undergraduate students. The project is made possible through the generous support and collaboration of the Office of Digital Learning, the Dean of Students, and the Office for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence.
How is Safe Zone funded?
Safe Zone is funded by the Office of LGBTQ Affairs, the Dean of Students Office, the Office for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence, 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 training?
Please refer registration issues, special accommodations, and any questions to the Graduate Assistant for Ally Development with the Office of LGBTQ+ Affairs, by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: (520) 626-1996.
To request a panel specifically for your department, group, or student organization please fill out the Safe Zone Panel Request Form.