Safe Zone Project
The mission of Safe Zone is to promote a welcoming, inclusive, and emotionally and physically safe environment for LGBTQIA students, faculty, and staff through developing a network of allies who have been trained in issues of sexual and gender diversity. The program is designed to reduce homophobia and heterosexism by raising campus awareness of its presence and potential impact on individuals in our community.
The members of Safe Zone are a team of interdisciplinary staff, faculty, and students within the university who are committed to increase awareness and acceptance of the sexual and gender diversity and the LGBTQIA community. We provide education, training, and support related to LGBTQIA issues in order to increase knowledge of the diversity of sexual and gender identity. The Safe Zone symbol signifies a safe place to talk about issues of sexual and gender diversity, as well as the training and commitment of the bearer.
Safe Zone Symbol
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.
Current Safe Zone Participants