Safe Zone

These dynamic, interactive workshops are designed to develop, enhance and maintain culturally competent and supportive environments on Georgia State University’s campus for LGBTQIQA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersexed, questioning, asexual) individuals, as well as heterosexual, cisgender and other people who care about diversity, equality and inclusion. Additionally, Safe Zone presentations establish an identifiable network of individuals who can provide support, information and a safe place for LGBTQIQA 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 LGBTQIQA community, are not tolerated. Safe Zone presentations can be adapted to meet the particular needs of classes, organizations or campus entities.

Safe Zone is offered in three formats:

  • Basic Awareness (one hour): Low risk refers to activities designed to clarify expectations and engage in superficial discussions before moving into personal disclosures. Participants will be asked to describe and understand their own experiences related to their identities and actively listen to others as they talk about their experiences and perspectives.
  • Ally Training (two hours): Medium risk refers to activities designed to help participants learn about the concept of confronting oppression. Participants will be asked to reflect on and discuss their understanding of oppression and key terms related to unpacking individual privilege and power.
  • Train the Trainer (four hours): High risk refers to activities designed to directly challenge participants to confront oppression through deep personal reflection and disclosure. Participants will be asked investigate the key concepts of diversity and social justice work through multiple identities and lens.

Audience risk level: Low to high (depending on training format)
References: Adams, M., Bell, L.A., and Griffin, P. (2007). Teaching for diversity and social justice. New York: Routledge.

These dynamic, interactive workshops are designed to develop, enhance, and maintain culturally competent and supportive environments on Georgia State University’s campus for LGBTQIQA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersexed, questioning, asexual) individuals, as well as heterosexual, cisgender and other people who care about diversity, equality and inclusion. Additionally, Safe Zone presentations establish an identifiable network of supportive individuals who can provide support, information and a safe place for LGBTQIQA 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 LGBTQIQA community, are not tolerated. Safe Zone presentations can be adapted to meet the particular needs of classes, organizations or campus entities.

Strategies for Allyship: Coming Out & Stepping Up
Description: Strategies of Allyship trainings focus on helping participants gain and practice particular skills that will make them stronger allies. These trainings are open to students, staff and faculty. Although completion of Basic Safe Zone training is not required, basic LGBTQIQA knowledge and competences is encouraged since this information is not covered in these trainings.

Coming Out & Stepping Up will focus on the impact of coming out in personal and professional environments and the role that allies serve in mitigating the risks associated with coming up.

Upcoming Safe Zone Trainings:
Basic Safe Zone Training for Faculty and Staff
Friday, March 24, 2017
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Multicultural Center, Student Center East, Suite 206

Basic Safe Zone Training for Students
Thursday, March 30, 2017
2 – 4 p.m.
Multicultural Center, Student Center East, Suite 206

Basic Safe Zone Training for Students
Thursday, April 20, 2017
2 – 4 p.m.
Multicultural Center, Student Center East, Suite 206

To sign up for any of the Safe Zone Training Programs:
Sign up for Basic Safe Zone Training for Faculty & Staff
Sign up for Basic Safe Zone Training for Students
Sign up for Strategies of Allyship

For more information or to schedule a presentation, contact Will Britto, senior student development specialist for multicultural education and competence.