What is SafeZone?
SafeZone is a series of interactive workshops aimed at helping students and employees develop a better understanding of LGBTQ+ experiences and become effective allies of this community. In each SafeZone training participants are challenged to listen, share and grow.
SafeZone includes three distinct training opportunities: 101, 102, and 103. Those who are interested in completing the SafeZone program are encouraged to start by attending SafeZone 101 then completing the additional workshops in any order. "Special Topics" workshops will also be offered periodically to continue engaging allies who seek continuous growth. Participants will receive a completion certificate for each workshop attended.
- Participants will gain a new and more informed understanding of LGBTQ+ experiences
- Participants will become stronger allies by developing empathy, confidence, and sensitivity
- Participants will have a better understanding of the resources available for the LGBTQ+ and ally communities
- Participants will feel more empowered to support members of the LGBTQ+ community and challenge discrimination
SafeZone 101 is the starting point for learning about the LGBTQ+ community and developing safe spaces for students and employees at Columbus State who identify as LGBTQ+. The training includes information sharing, reflective exercises, and interactive activities to help participants become more informed and effective allies. Upon completion of 101, interested participants are encouraged to take the SafeZone pledge online and sign-up for additional SafeZone trainings.
SafeZone 102: Gender, Sexuality, and Romanticism
SafeZone 102 builds on the basics taught in 101. This workshop provides a deeper exploration of terminology, concepts, and identities found within the LGBTQ+ community. Included in this workshop are conversations and activities on transgender and non-binary experiences, hetero and cis normativity, sexual identities, and understanding romanticism.
SafeZone 103: Politics and Culture
SafeZone 103 helps allies understand the current socio-political landscape surrounding the LGBTQ+ community by examining LGBTQ+ experiences throughout history in a variety of cultures, concluding with recent societal events (e.g. Marriage Equality Act, Orlando Massacre, etc.). This workshop uses conversations and activities to explore how shifting cultural values and politics greatly impact the acceptance, prosperity, and health of people who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community.
SafeZone workshops are provided to groups, departments, and classes upon request. Simply contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request a workshop! Open workshops are also offered at least once a semester as part of the GDI Training Certificate program. To register for an open SafeZone workshop search under upcoming events on Cougar Connect or you can browse for it under the Learning Tab in Cornerstone.
Give us your feedback and make the pledge!
If you recently participated in a SafeZone workshop you will receive an email from
the Office of Global Diversity & Inclusion that includes a link to provide feedback
about the workshop. We want to know about your experience and ways we can continuously
improve - so please take a moment to share. After completing the brief evaluation
we will send you a certificate for your participation.
The survey also includes an option at the bottom to take the, "SafeZone pledge". This is a chance to make a personal commitment to being the best LGBTQIA+ ally that you can be.
For more information about SafeZone or to schedule a workshop for your group please contact Brett Welsh at email@example.com