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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 (LGBTQQIAP) people. This training is designed to:

  • Provide a general overview of issues and concerns faced by LGBTQQIAP individuals and communities
  • Increase awareness and understanding about 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


Training Dates, 2017-2018 School Year

All trainings take place from 1 - 4 p.m. in the Ohio Union. The November training will be held in the Student Alumni Council Chamber; spring trainings will be in the Brutus Buckeye Room.

  • Thursday, September 14
  • Wednesday, October 18
  • Tuesday, November 7
  • Thursday, February 15
  • Wednesday, March 7
  • Tuesday, April 17

To RSVP for a fall or spring training click here. RSVP for summer trainings will open towards the end of spring semester.


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, acceptance, and assistance that is free of judgment. 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 LGBTQIAP 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.

Can I request a Safe Zone training for my campus organization or department? 

Absolutely! The Student Life Multicultural Center is happy to host a training for your department, organization, class,  or residence hall. These trainings have the added benefit an individualized approach, where you can share specific concerns or issues with the trainer ahead of time. 

For trainings of this type, we offer a full 3-hour session, or can break it up into two 1 ½-hour blocks. To make an individualized request for your group or department (15 people or more), please fill out the request form below.