Val Corbin, Rachel DeSoto Jackson, and Rob Gretta, from the Department of Theater and Dance, completed seven hours of training to become Safe Zone members. To date, more than 500 members of the IUP community have attended a Safe Zone orientation, and there are close to 200 active members on campus at this time.
The Safe Zone program provides easily recognizable individuals who are available to provide these resources. The Safe Zone symbol is a message to LGBTQIA students and colleagues that an employee has participated in the Safe Zone training and is committed to increasing their knowledge of and sensitivity to LGBTQIA 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 provide support, assistance, and referrals as needed. 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.