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Safe Zone Training

Tuesday, March 26, 2013, from 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Strand Union Building, 233

Interested in learning more about LGBTQ issues and potentially becoming part of an ally network for LGBTQ students at MSU? The Safe Zone program offers trainings each semester to help educate our community and promote an inclusive campus environment.

Safe Zone is a program that appears on campuses across the nation and its mission is to "promote a welcoming, inclusive, and emotionally as well as physically safe environment for LGBTQIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, questioning) students, faculty, and staff through developing a network of allies who have been trained in LGBTQIQ issues."  In addition, the program is aimed at decreasing homophobia and heterosexism by increasing ally awareness of its presence and potential impact on people in our community.

Safe Zone can work in a few ways. There are trainings and workshops, both are voluntary, group oriented and designed to help campus community members provide a supportive and inclusive environment for gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, intersex, queer, questioning and allied persons, as well as those in the process of defining their gender and/or sexuality. These are workshops and trainings create a comfortable space to have honest conversations about these issues, ask questions and clarify understandings to improve the community knowledge base around diversity. After the workshops, some people choose to be involved in the Safe Zone program by becoming a visible ally for the LGBTQ community, and some don't. Either way, education about these issues grow.

Safe Zone members agree to be aware of the presence of lesbian, gay, bisexual, 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, as well as be part of a campus support system for LGBTQ individuals. Safe Zone members also agree to maintain confidentiality and comfortably use inclusive language, avoid stereotyping, and not to assume heterosexuality.

Safe Zone Allies display a Safe Zone placard to identify themselves as someone who has chosen to educate her/himself about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues and has information about local resources, and have been through Safe Zone training. These symbols indicate safe and welcoming places on campus for members of the LGBTQ community.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 20, 2013 from 3-4:30pm in SUB 233 and
TUESDAY MARCH 26, 2013 from 4-5:30 in SUB 233.

These are open trainings and can be attended by anyone. RSVPs are appreciated in order to provide enough materials.

For more information contact the Diversity Awareness Office at 994-5801.