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.

LGBTQ+ Affirming Mental Health Resources - These resources identify themselves as LGBTQ+ affirming. This list is not exhaustive and does not indicate an endorsement of these providers by Safe Zone. Crisis Lines: Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255; The Trevor Project -866-488-7386; Trans Lifeline - 877-565-8860; Local Therapists: Talley Center - 540-654-1053; Lighthouse Counseling - 540-907-0121; The Group Counseling and Therapy Center - 540-268-0695; Don Chiappinelli, LCSW - 540-492-4901; Tiffany Harvey LPC - 540-371-3421; Dr. Larissa Ruuskanen - 540-300-4679; Dr. Robyn A. Van Brunt - 540-707-1966; Dawn Weisenberger, LCSW - 540-497-1606; Melanie Wert, LPC 540-308-9256

Pronouns Fact Sheet [PDF]


See all Safe Zone and Campus Resources

Upcoming Events:



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

See our list of Safe Zone trainers and members

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@UMWSafeZone @umwsafezone


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