SafeZone is a campus-wide initiative offering a visible message of inclusion, acceptance, and support to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) individuals in the university community. The program offers participants an interactive three-hour orientation to raise awareness and knowledge of GLBTQ issues and to suggest ways to serve as an Ally to GLBTQ individuals. Following the orientation, participants receive a SAFE SPACE decal to display in their work or living space.
By displaying the SafeZone decal, ally administrators, faculty, staff, and students identify themselves as safe, educated, and aware people and pledge to:
- Strive toward continued development, learning, awareness, and action, and to search for further ways of understanding GLBTQ individuals.
- Promote an environment where members of the GLBTQ community do not have to censor their identities.
- Promote an atmosphere where members of the GLBTQ community can participate fully, equally, and openly in campus life without fear of discrimination and/or harassment.
- Promote a safe and affirming place for GLBTQ people by offering an atmosphere and personal relationship of respect, fairness, and trust.
- Serve as a resource of information for students, faculty, and staff having questions about GLBTQ issues, and be willing to refer students to support and resources on campus and in the community.
- Maintain confidentiality.
The SPSU SafeZone Mission Statement
The mission of the SPSU SafeZone program is to increase campus aware-
ness and understanding of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) issues; to increase educational resources concerning GLBTQ issues; to make available programming about sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression; and to provide a safe and inclusive living,learning, and working environment for the entire SPSU community.
The SafeZone ally project is instrumental in the overall program. It of-
fers training and support to campus allies, visible members of campus who are knowledgeable about GLBTQ issues and support. These allies are also advocates for campus GLBTQ members.
Anyone who is interested and willing to be an ally/advocate can become
a SafeZone member. Members of SafeZone need only to be open and supportive to the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and be willing to learn about issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity and expressions, and attend a training session.
SafeZone members agree to be aware of the presence of lesbian, gay, bi-
sexual, and transgender individuals. Members also believe that campuses
and communities are enriched by the diversity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and are willing to assist individuals in accessing support and information resources on campus and in the community. SafeZone members also agree to maintain confidentiality at work and comfortably use inclusive language, avoid stereotyping, and not assume heterosexuality.