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Past Safe Zone Program Events

  • Lavender Graduation

    April 24, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. 
    PNC Room, KCAC

    Safe Zone Orientation, Spring 2014

    Friday, March 28, and Friday, April 4, from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. we held an orientation to join our University-wide Safe Zone Program with IUP faculty, staff, and graduate students. Please e-mail safe-zone@iup.eduif you have any questions about future events.   

    Six O’Clock Series presents “He Continues To Make A Difference: The Story of Matthew Shepard”

    Monday October 7, at 6:00 p.m. in the HUB Ohio Room

    This program uses poetry, photographs, and creative visualization to explore the impact of Matthew Shepard’s murder on the world. In 1998, Matthew Shepard was kidnapped, robbed, beaten, and murdered in Laramie, Wyoming. 

    Lesléa Newman was the keynote speaker for Gay Awareness Week at the University of Wyoming that year, and arrived on campus the day that Matthew Shepard died from this horrendous hate crime. She spoke to a devastated campus and community, and vowed to work to erase hate from that day forward. This powerful presentation challenges audience members to look deep inside themselves and find a way to make a difference to create a safe world for everyone.

    Cosponsored by the GLBT Commission

    The GLBT Commission is an advisory group to the president that works to improve the climate for diversity within IUP and specifically to address issues affecting the welfare of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender members of the university community.

    Please note, Lesléa Newmanwill be an artist in residence at IUP, October 6-9, 2013.

    Hate Crime Lecture. Tuesday, Oct 15, 6:00 pm in the HUB Ohio Room

    IUP’s Department of Criminology and the Safe Zone present “Hate Crime: Critical Issues”

    Tuesday, October 15, at 6:00 p.m. in the HUB Ohio Room

    This presentation on Hate Crime law focuses on the complexities of sexual orientation and gender identity. Guest speakers are Ted Hoover of the PERSAD Center in Pittsburgh and Special Agent Denise V. Holtz of the FBI’s Civil Rights Division in Pittsburgh. The presentation will cover the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009, which made lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) hate crimes a federal offense, and LGBT legal issues in Pennsylvania.  

    This program is free and open to the general public.

    PERSAD Center's Community Safe Zone program fosters cooperation with regional allies across western Pennsylvania to resolve conflicts, create safe communities, and provide support and counseling to victims of hate crimes and discrimination. For more information visit PERSAD Center .