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.


Identity and Intersectionality Faculty/Staff Workshop on Friday, August 16th 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Back by popular demand, this training is a repeat offering of the workshop held during pre-week last year. This program is open to any faculty or staff interested in learning about and discussing issues related to social group identities. The topics will include privilege, power, oppression, prejudice, diversity, cultural competency, intersectionality, and allyship. The goal of the workshop is to encourage participants to engage in self-reflection in order to strengthen their skills as an ally for people of all identities and to inform their work on our campus. Ideally, participants will have attended at least one Safe Zone workshop prior to attending this training, but this is not mandatory. This workshop is co-sponsored by Safe Zone and the Center for Teaching. Lunch will be provided by the Center for Teaching and participants will receive a Safe Zone coffee mug! If you are interested in attending this workshop or have questions, please email Laura Wilson at lwilson5@umw.eduSpace is limited and registration is required.

See our list of Safe Zone trainers and members

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