Purpose of the Safe Zone Project
The purpose of the Safe Zone Project is to identify members of the University community who will model support, affirmation, and inclusion of LGBTQ people. Participants who complete this program are choosing to be visible allies and to be trained to be effective resource people for their workplace and classroom.
The Safe Zone Project consists of two phases and a supplemental workshop.
- Phase I (2 hours): introduces basic LGBTQ terms and concepts, helps participants develop an appreciation for the experiences of the LGBTQ people, and brings an overall awareness of LGBTQ issues. Participants will be encouraged to think about how they can create a more inclusive environment and will be prepared to provide resources to LGBTQ people.
- Phase II (2 hours): a case study-based, application-focused session. Participants will gain the tools they need to not only provide resources, but to become an active participant in making our campus a more supportive, inclusive, and affirming place for LBGTQ people. Completion of Phase II will result in becoming an identified Safe Zone Ally.
- Transgender/Trans Awareness (1.5 hours): delves deeper into topics related to gender identity and expression. Participants will gain a better understanding of trans identity, campus resources, challenges individuals from these communities face on campus, and strategies for becoming an increasingly supportive ally. We encourage participants to have completed Phase 1 & 2 prior to attending Trans Awareness however it is not required.
The Safe Zone Project is open to all staff, faculty, and students who are committed to making the University of Iowa a safe environment for ALL of its members, including LGBTQ persons.