A Safe Zone member is a person who has voluntarily decided to become a visible ally for all LGBT people on campus. Members have undergone a three-hour workshop to build on their knowledge and understanding of LGBT people, reflect on their own personal assumptions and beliefs, and learn strategies to be an effective LGBT ally. Safe Zone members are also committed to providing appropriate information and assistance regarding LGBT interests, issues and concerns.
Individuals must complete the 3-hour Safe Zone training to become a Safe Zone member. Safe Zone trainings are available through out the academic year and summer to departments, offices, student organizations, athletic teams by contacting the LGBT Center director, Liz Roccoforte at email@example.com or filling out the request form on our website. The LGBT Center also offers open Safe Zone trainings once or twice per semester that any student, staff, or faculty may attend.
A Safe Zone symbol identifies the person as someone who has chosen to educate themselves about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities and can direct indivdiuals to campus and local resource. A person displaying a Safe Zone sticker or magnet has been through a workshop and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for LGBT people.
No. Members of Safe Zone need only to be open and supportive to the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and willing to learn.
No. Anyone is welcome to participate in Safe Zone trainings and then decide if they want become a part of the Safe Zone ally network. In fact, non-LGBT safe zone allies are vital to the success of the program. Displaying the Safe Zone symbol does not mean that someone is lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
If you have participated in Safe Zone at another insititution or organization, excellent! We encourage all new members of the CWRU community to participate in our Safe Zone program because it is specific to the experience of LGBT members of our campus and includes information about policies and resources unique to CWRU.