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.
Basic training on Wednesday, October 7th from 9-11:30am (via Zoom).
This training focuses on terminology, issues related to privilege, increasing awareness and sensitivity, and how to support the LGBTQ+ population on campus. Email Dr. Mindy Erchull (email@example.com) to register (all sessions will meet through Zoom).
Advanced training on Thursday, October 22nd from 1-3:30pm (via Zoom).
The advanced training is for faculty and staff who have already completed the basic training and covers more complex topics, including bystander intervention. Email Dr. Mindy Erchull (firstname.lastname@example.org) to register (all sessions will meet through Zoom).
Fall Book Club
We will also be continuing with our book club this semester. This will be a two-part program on Tuesday, October 20th from 4-5:30pm and Tuesday, October 27th from 4-5:30pm. Meetings will happen through Zoom. We will be reading “Born Both: An Intersex Life” by Hida Viloria. Safe Zone will provide a free copy of the book to the first 14 people who sign up!
Registration is required to attend each event, and space is limited. Please email Mindy Erchull at email@example.com to register for one of these events or if you have questions.
See our list of Safe Zone trainers and members
If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Mindy Erchull at firstname.lastname@example.org.