Safe Zone Training
The Safe Zone project aims to create a more welcoming and more inclusive campus environment, to strengthen community and to encourage networking among faculty, staff and students toward the goal of supporting the diverse individuals and communities with minoritized sexual and/or gender identities.
The Safe Zone Project addresses the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual and pansexual (LGBTQ+) people. This training is designed to:
- Provide a general overview of issues and concerns faced by LGBTQ+ individuals and communities
- Increase awareness and understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression at The Ohio State University
- Provide resources to enable students, faculty and staff to act as better allies to people marginalized due to their sexual or gender identities, and to continue learning after the training
- Promote a safer, more welcoming, and more inclusive campus environment in which students of all sexual orientations and gender identities can live and learn fully
Open Safe Zone Training Dates, 2019-2020 School Year
Please check back later for dates for the 2019-2020 school year.
Note to OSU Employees: Employees can register for training in BuckeyeLearn. Follow the Safe Zone Training link to view the course description and scroll down to find specific sessions to register!
Safe Zone FAQ
What does a typical training look like?
Our Safe Zone trainings engage participants in multiple educational formats, including informational pieces, activities and opportunities for self-reflection. We also provide ample time for questions and light discussion of topics discussed. The training also helps participants understand their level of comfort/willingness to engage in allyship. Participants will also receive a training manual that can be used for reference later.
Why do we need a Safe Zone Project at Ohio State?
The Ohio State University and the surrounding Central Ohio community are proud of the area's diverse population and support cultural diversity in every possible way. The Safe Zone Project is a visual way of combating homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, cissexism and heterosexism.
Research indicates that LGBTQ students find many campus climates to be uninviting or even hostile. In addition, LGBTQ students often have to deal with verbal or physical harassment, both on and off campus property. This hostile environment complicates attempts at fostering student development, both academically and personally.
The Student Life Multicultural Center's Safe Zone Project is a way for us to reach out proactively, and provide a safer and more welcoming atmosphere for all members of our community. Through the training program and the display of Safe Zone stickers, the project creates a visible and supportive network of allies within the campus community who have basic knowledge about issues of sexual orientation and gender identity.
What does it mean if I see a Safe Zone Sticker displayed on campus?
Participating in the Safe Zone project indicates a willingness and commitment to provide an atmosphere of inclusion, stopping or interrupting anti-LGBTQ related bias, homophobia, and transphobia. The choice to post a Safe Zone sticker is a decision to make a visible statement that others can easily identify.
A Safe Zone sticker or magnet signifies that the occupant of that space has chosen to educate themselves about LGBTQ+ people and communities through the Student Life Multicultural Center training. These individuals have information about LGBTQ resources on campus and in our local community. The sticker also means that they have dedicated themselves to providing support and a safe learning environment where homophobia and transphobia will not be tolerated.
Safe Zone stickers should not be used as a means of performative allyship. Allyship is a continous process where individuals are committed to furthering their own education and making spaces inclusive of LGBTQ+ communities. To display a Safe Zone sticker is to be committed to continously educating yourself, your colleagues, students, and others about how we can make spaces more welcoming to LGBTQ+ individuals and communities.
Can I request a Safe Zone training for my campus organization or department?
Yes, however, we do ask that our campus organizations/departments encourage interested individuals to attend one of our Open Safe Zone workshops that occur throughout the year. These workshops are 2 hours and focuses on a variety of LGBTQ related topics and issues that go in depth around what it means to make spaces inclusive of LGBTQ+ communities.
In order to request a Safe Zone training for your campus organization or department, you must meet the following criteria and accomodations:
- All requests must be made at least 2-3 weeks in advance. For departments requesting trainings, you must have at least 10-15 people present minimum. Participants should also be expected/required to attend. No exceptions.
- Due to high number of requests received throughout the year, no request is guaranteed to be honored. Intercultural Specialist/Trainers will do their best to be accomodating for all requests and communicate with departments to figure out what works best.
- For requested trainings, trainer(s) must be given at least 1 hour minimum in order to deliver training. No exceptions.
- Safe Zone training can be requested during the following days and times: Monday-Thursday, 10am-5pm, Friday 10am-3pm. Weekend requests will not be honored. No exceptions.
- If there is not a date or time that works for your department, please plan to attend one of the Open Safe Zone trainings.
I am located at one of our regional campuses, can I request a Safe Zone training?
Please contact Intercultural Specialist regarding regional campus trainings. We do highly encourage and welcome our regional campuses to attend an Open Safe Zone session that occurs on our Columbus campus.
For all inquiries regarding Safe Zone training, please contact Jeff Perkins.