Safe Zone Program

Logo depicting a silhouette of an eagle filled with rainbow colors

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 Events:

[Image] Vibrantly colored fresh fruit [Text] Many in the UMW community face food insecurity.  The Eagle Resource Closet is stocked with food, toiletries, clothing, and other necessities.  These supplies are in high demand and we need more donations!  Go to to learn what items are needed or to learn more about the resource [Image] Transgender pride flag with two blue, two pink, and one central white stripe [Text] Transgender Day of Visibility March 31  from 12pm to 3pm Safe Zone will be tabling outside in front of Lee Hall (weather permitting).  Stop by the table to sign a banner of support for the transgender community.  Wear a mask and maintain 6 feet from other people at the table.  Get awesome Safe Zone swag.  Drop off donations for the Eagle Resource Closet See for more information.  Can't attend in person?  That's okay!  Post messages of support at
















































Spring Safe Zone Programs

  • We will be offering a basic training on Tuesday, March 2nd from 2:00-4:30pm (via Zoom). This training focuses on terminology, issues related to privilege, increasing awareness and sensitivity, and how to support the LGBTQ+ population on campus.
  • We will be offering an advanced training on Friday, March 5th 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.
  • We are also in the process of planning a book club. This would be a two-part program offered in the late afternoon on zoom. We would like to judge interest and availability before picking the dates. We will be reading “Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More” by Janet Mock. Safe Zone will provide a free copy of the book to the first 14 people who sign up!
  • We are also in the process of planning an offering of our Identity and Intersectionality The training covers privilege, power, oppression, prejudice, diversity, cultural competency, intersectionality, and allyship. Ideally, participants will have attended at least one Safe Zone workshop prior to attending this training, but this is not mandatory. We would like to judge interest and availability before picking dates and times for this workshop.

Registration is required to attend each event, and space is limited. If you are interested in registering for the Basic and/or Advanced training, or would like to express interest in the Book Club and/or Identity and Intersectionality Workshop, then please provide your information at

Please email Laura Wilson at to register for one of these events or if you have questions.

We know that not all homes are LGBTQ+ affirming. The Talley Center is open 8am-5pm, Monday through Friday and can be reached at 540-654-1053. If you need other 24/7 assistance, you can contact the Trevor Project by phone at 1-866-488-7386 or text 678678; contact the Transgender Suicide Hotline at 1-877-565-8860; the Crisis Text Line, text 741741. Stay safe and reach out.

You Are Not Alone:  Resources for UMW survivors of sexual and gender-based violence

See our list of Safe Zone trainers and members

Follow us!

@UMWSafeZone @umwsafezone


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