Safe Zone Program

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Welcome to the UMW Safe Zone program! 

Mission: In keeping with the University’s Community values, UMW’s Safe Zone Program seeks to foster an environment which affirms an inclusive and supportive community for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) citizens and allies, to create opportunities and resources to allow UMW to embrace the full range of diversities, and create maximum educational engagement for all. In keeping with these goals, the program seeks to educate its citizens, provide appropriate referrals, assess campus climate, and advocate for community members.

Trainings: The Safe Zone program offers workshops for faculty, staff, and students designed to help them become more informed and supportive allies for the LGBTQ community. At the end of the training, participants will have the opportunity to sign a pledge agreeing to comply with the Safe Zone mission and be given a Safe Zone sticker or button to display.

See our training request form to request a workshop.



UMW Safe Zone Coming Out Day - October 11 on Ball Circle from noon to 3 p.m.


Mental Health & The LGBTQ+ Community
Thursday, October 26 at at 4 p.m. in the Digital Auditorium, Hurley Convergence Center


Flyer with information about the Mental Health & LGBTQ+ Community event on Thursday, October 26 at 4 p.m. in the Digital Auditorium, Hurley Convergence Center


Recent Events


Coming Out Day photo of boards expressing positive messages to LGBTQ+ students and reads:  "On October 11, almost 500 UMW students, faculty, and Staff wrote messages of suport for the LGBTQ+ community.  Thank you, UMW!"

Photo of panelists wearing Safe Zone tshirts with caption reading:  "On October 26th Safe Zone and PRISM Hosted a Presentation on Mental Health and the LGBTQ+ Community.  Thanks to those who attended!"



UMW’s Safe Zone, in partnership with PRISM, hosted a “Love Who You Are” campaign on March 31, 2017. The event was in celebration of Transgender Visibility Day. As part of the event, members of the UMW community pledged to support and promote successful campus engagement for LGBTQ students, faculty and staff. They also got an awesome UMW Safe Zone t-shirt if they signed the pledge! During the campaign, 600 members of the UMW community signed the pledge. The Safe Zone committee would like to thank all of the departments and offices that supported this campaign, as well as the UMW community for their enthusiastic participation! We truly are #OneUMW.


See our list of Safe Zone trainers and members


If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Laura Wilson at .