The Safe Zone program strives to erase prejudice, while providing a support system for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (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
Saint Louis University students, faculty and staff who want to visibly show their support for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals can volunteer to be part of the Safe Zone program.
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. 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." Members are also provided a resource manual as reference should they ever need it.
Safe Zone members are not experts on the LGBTQ community. They are members of the Saint Louis University community who display a commitment to creating a more inclusive environment in which LGBTQ people will be treated with dignity and respect.
For further information on the Safe Zone program, please contact the coordinator of the SafeZone Program, Luis H. Garay, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Cross Cultural Center at 314-977-2119.