The Safe Zone training program empowers participants to support LGBTQIA+ students, staff and faculty and create change on campus. Over 2,500 students, staff, faculty and community members have participated in Safe Zone training to better understand the unique needs and concerns LGBTQ people face in higher education and increase their knowledge, skills, and abilities to create a more inclusive and affirming campus.
Training attendees will:
- Develop an understanding of LGBTQIA+ terminology and history
- Learn about the concepts of privilege and identity development
- Interact with a panel of LGBTQIA+ student speakers
- Build skills for identifying and interrupting language and behavior that may be unwelcoming or discriminatory
- Identify campus resources that can provide support to LGBTQIA+ students, staff, and faculty
Become A Safe Zone Program Member
Upon completion of the workshop, attendees can choose to become a Safe Zone member by completing a contract expressing their commitment to supporting diversity and inclusion at Purdue. Additionally, Safe Zone members display a placard in a visible location, such as a door to an office or residence hall, that identifies them as a friend, supporter and campus resource for anyone seeking information or a listening ear. This placard identifies dedicated safe spaces on campus for LGBTQ people to connect with allies to the community.
Safe Zone members are encouraged to:
- Actively participate in developing a visible and supportive community
- Continue their own education around LGBTQ identities
- Share their knowledge, modeling language and behavior that is inclusive
- Advocate for a campus community free from discrimination and bias
For more information, please email LGBTQ@purdue.edu.
Notice (3/12/2020): All Safe Zone trainings have been suspended for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester.