Safe Zone Training
What is the purpose of the Safe Zone Project?
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.
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.
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
Upcoming Training Dates for Spring 2017:
Thursday, MAR 9, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Thursday, MAR 30, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tuesday, APR 11, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
All Spring 2017 trainings will take place in the Rosa M. Ailabouni Room, Ohio Union.
To RSVP for an upcoming training click HERE.
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 OSU?
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.
What does it mean if I see a Safe Zone Sticker displayed on campus?
Participating in the Safe Zone project indicates 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 Muilticultural 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.
How do I get involved with the Safe Zone Project?
The first stage of becoming involved in the project is having an open mind. From there, attending one of the training sessions (offered several times a year) from the Multicultural Center will allow you to become a member of the project.
Group Training Requests
You can also schedule a session specifically for your department, organization, class, or residence hall.
If you represent an organization or department on campus (student, faculty, and staff), the Student Life Multicultural Center is available to provide trainings to you in a full 3-hour session, or in two 1 ½-hour blocks. To make an individualized request for your group or department (15 people or more), please email Appy Frykenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.