The Cross Cultural Center and Rainbow Alliance will offer Safe Zone trainings this spring semester. Safe Zone is a training program that assists allies in developing skills that will help them support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people within the Saint Louis University community.
The Safe Zone program strives to erase prejudice, while providing a support system for the LGBTQ community. Through education, advocacy and awareness, the program contributes to a campus climate that is safe and accepting for all members of the University community.
"A Safe Zone ally is defined as an individual who supports and honors diversity, acts accordingly to challenge acts of prejudice against LGBTQ people and is willing to explore and understand these forms of bias at individual and institutional levels," said Kent Porterfield, Ed.D., vice president for Student Development. "We invite all University members to consider becoming Safe Zone allies."
Attendance at Safe Zone trainings is voluntary. The only qualifications necessary to become Safe Zone allies are to be open to learning and committed to further understanding the experiences of LGBTQ individuals within the SLU community.
Attendees will voluntarily sign a pledge and receive a placard that they can display in their work, office or living space; the placard states that the space in which it is displayed is a "Safe Zone."
"Participating in Safe Zone training is an assurance to others that you are someone they can trust — someone who is committed to creating an environment in which LGBTQ people will be treated with dignity and respect," Porterfield said.
Safe Zone trainings will be led by faculty, student and staff program facilitators who are professionally trained on Safe Zone curriculum and dialogue facilitation. More than two hundred members of the SLU community have been trained since the program launched in January 2012. Six Safe Zone training sessions will be offered this spring and are open to the University community.
Faculty and staff sessions will be held at the following times in rooms 352/353 of Busch Student Center:
- 1-4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21
- 1-4 p.m. Friday, March 15
- 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, April 16
Student sessions will be held at the following times in the Griesedieck Seminar Room in Griesedieck Hall:
- 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23
- 1-4 p.m. Saturday, March 23
- 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 20
Reserve a space in the training program by completing this form or by visiting safezone.slu.edu. For questions about the Safe Zone Training program or to set up a specialized training for a group, contact Safe Zone Coordinator Myrinda Grantham in the Cross Cultural Center at 314-977-2119 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.