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.

Upcoming

Basic Safe Zone Workshop
We will be offering a Basic Safe Zone workshop on Thursday, October 24th from 3:30pm-5:30pm. This training focuses on terminology, issues related to privilege, increasing awareness and sensitivity, and how to support the LGBTQ+ population on campus. This is an opportunity for any faculty or staff member to become a Safe Zone ally. Space is limited and registration is required. Please email Laura Wilson at lwilson5@umw.edu to register for this training or if you have questions. All participants get cool Safe Zone swag!

International Pronouns Day
We will be celebrating International Pronouns Day on Wednesday, October 16th. We will be handing out pronoun buttons at Coming Out Day and we ask everyone to wear a pronoun button on International Pronouns Day!

National  Coming Out Day
Come celebrate National Coming Out Day on Wednesday, October 9th from 11am-2pm on the UC Patio (rain location UC Kiosk A)! We will be giving out Safe Zone tech tattoos for your keyboards, pronoun buttons, and helpful resources.

Pizza & Consent for Domestic Violence Awareness Month
We are co-sponsoring an event with the Center for Prevention & Education and the Talley Center as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. On Monday, October 7 from 4:00-5:30pm we are hosting an event called “Pizza and Consent” in HCC 327. Consent is about more than just sex! Come enjoy free pizza as you participate in an LGBTQ+ friendly interactive workshop about consent in relationships. Content covered is relevant to all genders and sexualities, including asexual and aromantic. All participants get cool Safe Zone swag! No registration is required.

Fall Book Club
We will be offering our Fall Book Club as a two part program on Wednesday, October 2 from 5:00pm-6:15pm and Wednesday, October 9 from 5:00pm-6:15pm. We will be reading “Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter?” by Heath Fogg Davis. The first 13 people to register get a free book! Plus, all participants get cool Safe Zone swag. Space is limited and registration is required. Please email Laura Wilson at lwilson5@umw.eduto register for the book club or if you have questions.

Basic Safe Zone Workshop
We will be offering a Basic Safe Zone workshop on Thursday, September 12th from 2:00pm-4:30pm. This training focuses on terminology, issues related to privilege, increasing awareness and sensitivity, and how to support the LGBTQ+ population on campus. This is an opportunity for any faculty or staff member to become a Safe Zone ally. Space is limited and registration is required. Please email Laura Wilson at lwilson5@umw.eduto register for this training or if you have questions. All participants get cool Safe Zone swag!

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 lwilson5@umw.edu .