Safe Zone training to support LGBTQIA, November 11
Safe Zone provides all Illinois State students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to create safe spaces on campus that are highly visible and easily identifiable to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and ally (LGBTQIA+) persons. Members of Safe Zone need to be open-minded, supportive of the needs of LGBTQIA+ individuals, and willing to learn about issues related to sexual orientation.
During the two-hour Safe Zone training, participants engage in a mock coming-out exercise, view a short DVD, discuss case studies, and receive resources and follow-up activities.
At the conclusion of the two-hour orientation session, participants have the opportunity to sign a member agreement that affirms their intention to serve as an ally to the LGBTQIA+ population on campus. Upon return of the member agreement, participants receive a Safe Zone sign and button to either wear or post in their office.
Participants are not required to sign this agreement, but may simply attend the orientation session to increase their awareness and personal knowledge.