Safe Zone Program

  • 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.

  • IUP Safe Zone. This symbol identifies someone with information, sensitivity, and understanding toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered issues. A project of the University GLBT Commission

  • 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. 

    Fall 2016 Safe Zone Orientation will take place in two required parts: Friday, October 7 and Friday, October 14, 2016, from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. on both dates. A completed "Membership Application" (below) is required as registration. For further information, please refer to the news post about this training, or contact Rita Drapkin at 724-357-2621 or

  • Membership Application
    The Safe Zone Committee will review all applications and select project participants.
    Contact Report
    This is a form that members must fill out when someone has requested to speak with them about Safe Zone issues. The form is completely anonymous and is only used for statistical data.
    Common questions about the Safe Zone Program.
    Resources of the IUP Safe Zone
    Lavender Graduation
    Lavender Graduation is an annual celebration that recognizes IUP’s LGBTQIA community and ally graduates.  
    Safe Zone Members REVISED as of 12-6-16
    A listing of active members as of December 6, 2016.