Safe Zone Project
While other minority individuals can often identify role models and mentors, the invisibility of sexual orientation makes it very difficult for LGBTQIA members at Shippesburg Unviersity to ascertain where they can safely turn for support and information. The Safe Zone symbol is a message to LGBTQIA students and colleagues that faculty and staff (identifiable by the Safe Zone emblem on their doors) have participated in the Safe Zone training and are committed to increasing their knowledge of and sensitivity to LGBTQIA issues. The symbol allows the campus community to identify allies and to speak freely with these individuals about issues, including sexual and gender identity, which may affect their academic success or job satisfaction. Safe Zone members will be able to provide assistance, as needed, including referrals. Because one of the goals of the Safe Zone program is to improve the campus climate for LGBTQIA individuals, the symbol also signifies that Safe Zone members have agreed to challenge homophobic and heterosexist comments or behaviors in an educational and informative manner.
Dr. Matthew Shupp, Kapri Brown, Dr. Jayleen Galarza and Diane Jefferson are pictured here after co-presenting at the 8th annual GSA Summit, which is sponsored by the LGBT Center in Harrisburg, PA