Safe Zone

This dynamic, interactive workshop is designed to develop, enhance and maintain culturally competent and supportive environments on Georgia State University’s campus for GSM (Gender & Sexuality Minority) individuals, as well as heterosexual, cisgender and other people who care about diversity, equality and inclusion. Additionally, Safe Zone establishes an identifiable network of individuals who can provide support, information and a safe place for GSM persons within the campus community. Those who have committed to being Safe Zone allies indicate that bigotry and discrimination, specifically pertaining to members of the GSM community, are not tolerated. Safe Zone presentations can be adapted to meet the particular needs of classes, organizations or campus entities.

Safe Zone Learning Goals:

  1. Identify and comprehend core terminology of GSM and their intersecting identities.
  2. Identify multiple ways of successful ally-ship for intersecting identities of GSM.
  3. Identify how gender and sexuality are socially constructed and proper techniques for abolishing identified social constructs.
  4. Identify oppression experienced by intersecting identities of GSM, solutions, and their effects on mental health and quality of life.
  5. Identify mental health issues experienced by GSM and resources available to combat these issues.

To sign up for a Safe Zone Training, please visit the following links:

Safe Zone Workshop Sign Up: Students

Safe Zone Workshop Sign Up: Faculty and Staff

If you would like to schedule a Safe Zone workshop outside of the listed dates on the above links, please submit a Safe Zone Workshop Request by clicking on the link below.

Safe Zone Workshop Request Form

Because of your interest in participating in the Safe Zone Workshop at Georgia State University, you may be eligible to participate in a research study. The purpose of this research study is to understand if and how Safe Zone at GSU is meeting its goals. Eligible participants are affiliated with GSU (student, faculty, or staff), are 18 years old or older, and speak English. Up to 100 participants will be included in this study. The study hopes to provide useful information to the campus and help create a more educated and inclusive campus environment. Additionally, you will receive $5 for completing the first survey, which should take less than 15 minutes to complete online, and an additional $5 for completing the second survey, which should also take less than 15 minutes to complete online.

All research will occur online (through an online survey), and you will be able to complete the second survey immediately after the Safe Zone Workshop in the workshop room. Also, you will also have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with the primary student investigator to answer questions and give feedback about your experience of the workshop. The investigator is Rebecca Hill LeCroix, who can be reached by email or phone (404-413-6315).

If you have any questions, please contact Will Britto, student affairs advisor II for multicultural education and competence.