Safe Zone Training Project

Information on this page applies to the Belknap campus Safe Zone Project. For those interested in training opportunities on our Health Sciences Center campus, please visit the LGBT Center's HSC satellite office page here. 

On a campus where the diversity vision statement includes both sexual orientation and gender identity, it's more important than ever to understand what it means to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT).  For some, just gaining a basic understanding is the starting point.  For others, learning to be an active advocate to LGBT members of our campus is a step they are ready to take. Regardless of where you are, the Safe Zone Project was created to provide information, break down stereotypes, and open up dialogue.

The university’s Safe Zone Project is a workshop designed to give our university community members the tools and resources they need to understand LGBT students and colleagues, and create a welcoming, affirming campus environment for all. These fun and informative sessions are offered in the fall and spring semesters, and focus on basic information and understanding. You don’t have to be an expert in sexuality or gender identity/expression to attend, just someone who is interested in helping all members of the campus community succeed.

All participants in the workshop have the option to receive a comprehensive resource manual, and faculty/staff attendees may receive a sticker to display somewhere in their work space. Displaying a Safe Zone sticker sends the message to others that you are comfortable talking about LGBT issues, and that you are supportive and willing to listen. Nobody who attends a workshop is obligated to display materials or even serve as a resource if they aren’t comfortable doing so. Participation in the Safe Zone Project is voluntary.

During your participation in the Safe Zone Project workshop you may decide to sign the 'Free to Be Me Pledge' which states that while holding on to your own beliefs, you are still willing to be the best possible ally to LGBT students, faculty, staff and community members. Being an ally doesn't mean that you agree with everything you have learned in training, but that you are willing to be supportive and understanding. You can remove yourself from the Safe Zone project by simply removing your Safe Zone sticker and/or contacting the LGBT Center.

Interested in attending a Safe Zone training? The following dates are open for the Fall 2017 semester. Please note that some sessions are geared towards students, and others towards faculty/staff:

Safe Zone Training for Students
Wednesday, October 18
12:00 PM-1:30 PM
Location: Ekstrom Library, Chao Auditorium 

Safe Zone Training for Students
Thursday, November 16th
4:00 PM-5:30 PM
Location: Ekstrom Library, Chao Auditorium 

Safe Zone Training for Faculty/Staff
Thursday, November 30
10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Location: Human Resources
*Note: This session is offered as a professional development session through HR. All attendees must register via the HR webpage prior to training. 


LGBT Center - Belknap

Red Barn, Room 104

University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky 40292

Phone:(502) 852-0696

Office Hours

M-F 9am-5pm

 

Email

lgbt@louisville.edu

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LGBT Center - HSC

500 S. Preston St.

A Building, Room 210J

Louisville, Kentucky 40292

Phone:(502) 852-5861