Navigating one’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity can be both scary and exciting. These experiences can sometimes intensify during a student’s formative college years. Students, newly out and/or new to campus, may not know where to go to resources or support. Our Safe Zone programs are designed to educate UCCS students, faculty, and staff about the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities and ways that they can support them as an ally and an advocate.
Goals for SafeZone Participants:
- Participants will gain increased knowledge about the experiences and issues facing LGBTQ students at UCCS.
- Participants will gain increased knowledge about resources to support LGBTQ students at UCCS.
- Participants will develop skills to better advocate for the visibility and needs of LGBTQ community members at UCCS.
Those completing the training receive a Safe Zone sticker to signify that they provide an inclusive space for people of diverse gender identities and sexual orientations. For many, the visibility of the Safe Zone sticker grants validation, acceptance, support, and a sense of safety that lets them know that they are not alone and not without a support network. Your involvement with our office and efforts contribute to raising awareness and creating a safe and inclusive learning environment.
SafeZone Program Workshops
General Safe Zone
Our General Safe Zone program is designed to educate UCCS students, faculty, and staff about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities. Learning outcomes include awareness of LGBTQ terminology, the coming out process, and beginner level strategies to being a supportive ally of the LGBTQ community.
Safe Zone 2.0
In this session, participants can dig deeper into strategies for supporting LGBTQ students in and out of the classroom. This session provides more opportunities for discussion on what it looks like to be an ally in practice. **This session is designed for folks who directly support LGBTQ+ students, and who have completed our general Safe Zone Program.
Transgender Focused Safe Zone
Our Transgender focused Safe Zone is designed to educate UCCS students, faculty, and staff about gender identity and gender expression. Learning outcomes include awareness of Transgender specific terminology, the coming out process, and beginner level strategies to being a supportive ally of the Transgender community. **It is encouraged but not required for attendees to attend a general safe zone program prior to attending this session**
Departmental and/or Special Topic SafeZone Workshop
Please contact the LGBT+ Resource Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 719-255-3447 to request a department-specific or special topic SafeZone workshop.