Cosponsored by the university’s
GLBT Commission and the
Office of Social Equity, the Safe Zone program is designed to improve visibility and support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students and employees.
While other minority individuals can often identify role models and mentors, the invisibility of sexual orientation makes it very difficult for GLBT members of the IUP community to ascertain where they can safely turn for support and information.
The Safe Zone program provides easily recognizable individuals who are available to provide these resources. The Safe Zone symbol is a message to GLBT students and colleagues that an employee has participated in the Safe Zone training and is committed to increasing their knowledge of and sensitivity to GLBT issues. The symbol allows the campus community to identify program members and know that they can speak freely with these individuals about issues, including sexual orientation and gender identity, which may affect their academic success or job satisfaction.
Safe Zone members are able to provide assistance, as needed, including referrals. Since the Safe Zone program also strives to improve the campus climate for GLBT individuals, the symbol also means that Safe Zone members will challenge homophobic and heterosexist comments or behaviors in an educational and informative manner.
Download (pdf) the Safe Zone "I Support" sign now to display as appropriate.
Safe Zone Orientation/Training is currently being revised. Beginning in the fall of 2017, a hybrid of both online and in-person training will be offered. The online portion is currently being developed and will be connected to the registration. Those interested in attending one of the in-person trainings should mark their calendars for one of these dates: Tuesday, October 24, or Friday, November 3, 2017. Both sessions will take place from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. For further information, please contact Rita Drapkin at 724-357-2621 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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