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 (Staff and Faculty Specific)
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**
Special Topic Workshops
Departmental and/or Special Topic SafeZone Workshop
Please contact the LGBT+ Resource Center at email@example.com or 719-255-3447 to request a department-specific or special topic SafeZone workshop.
This workshop is a brief introduction into what pronouns are, how to use them and how to be respectful of other peoples' pronouns. We will also touch on how to update pronouns in the University of Colorado Colorado Springs system.
When Allies Do Harm
This Workshop links the topics of microaggressions to the conversation surrounding allyship. Allies are essential to the LGBT+ community but what happens when allies unintentionally do harm?
Spring 2020 Workshops
General SafeZone, Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 2:00-5:00PM. Click Here to Register
Staff Faculty SafeZone, Monday, February 10th, 2020, 10:00AM-12:00PM. Click Here to Register
Queering Religion & Faith Discussion, Thursday, February 13th, 2020, 6:30PM-8:00PM. Click Here to Register
Pronouns 101 Workshop, Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 2:00PM-3:15PM Click Here to Register
When Allies Do Harm Workshop, Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 3:30PM-4:45PM Click Here to Register
General SafeZone, Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 2:00PM-5:00PM Click Here to Register
Queer Voices Panel, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 7:00PM-9:00PM Click Here to Register
Transgender Focused SafeZone, Friday, April 10, 2020, 10:00AM-12:00PM Click Here to Register