SafeZone is an educational program committed to increasing understanding and awareness around how to foster an inclusive and welcoming climate for the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning) community.
- 95% of participants agreed that attending the SafeZone workshops increased their knowledge about what they can do to support LGBTQ people
- 97.2% of participants agreed that their understanding of the issues that LGBTQ individuals face has increased
- 54.9% of participants increased the likelihood that they would speak out against homophobic language
- 4.9% of participants increased their comfort in talking with individuals who identify as gay.
- 16.7% of participants increased their comfort in talking with individuals who identify as transgender.
- SafeZone 101: Introduction to the LGBTQA Community – 2 hours
- SafeZone 102: Becoming an Ally – 2 hours
After attending SafeZone 101 and 102 participants may choose to complete SafeZone 103 if they would like to become a SafeZone facilitator. Only faculty, staff, and graduate students are eligible to be SafeZone facilitators.
- Gender and Sexuality 101
- Gender and Sexuality 101 is a one-hour training that goes over information regarding gender identity, sexual orientation, and ways to be inclusive. This one-hour workshop works best for classes.
- SpeakOUT Panel
- The SpeakOUT Panel is a new SafeZone initiative where LGBTQ identified students sit on a panel that goes to classrooms and student organizations to discuss personal identity and experiences. Student panelists go through SafeZone 101 and 102 and SpeakOUT training before being eligible to sit on the panel.
- To register for a training:
- Log into LOUIE
- Select “Self Service”
- Click on “Learning and Development”
- Choose “Request Training Enrollment”
- Select “Search by Course Name”
- Type in “SafeZone” and then “View Available Sessions” for whichever workshop (SafeZone 101, 102, or 103) that you’re looking to attend.
- If you are attending both SafeZone 101 and 102 you have to register for both workshops, not just one of them.
- Once you’ve enrolled in a course session, you will receive a confirmation email letting you know that you are either enrolled or on the waitlist. An email reminder will be sent to you the day before the training.
- If you require an accommodation for a disability in order to participate in this workshop please email SafeZone@nau.edu or call 928-523-8511.
- If you would like to schedule trainings for a specific group of students, faculty or staff members, please email us at SafeZone@nau.edu with the following information:
- Contact Person
- Preferred date/time
- Presentation (SafeZone workshops, Gender and Sexuality 101, or a SpeakOUT panel)
- Approximate number of participants
- The SafeZone placard and button assist with the goal of creating safe visible spaces for our LGBTQ students. The placard states:
- The person displaying this sign has participated in a “SafeZone” training workshop on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender issues and has pledged to be positive, supportive, and LGBTQ-affirming. We believe our campus is enriched and enlivened by the presence of a wide diversity of students, staff, faculty, and administrators, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) individuals. The SafeZone placard is symbolic of willingness and commitment of your part to provide an atmosphere of acceptance, understanding, non-judgment, and assistance.
- When people attend the SafeZone trainings, there is no obligation to take a placard or button, but they are offered to all participants who complete SafeZone 101 and 102 workshops. This does not signify that the participant is an expert, but that they want to be an ALLY on NAU’s campus.
Need more information?
- If you are interested in learning more about NAU’s SafeZone program, please email us at SafeZone@nau.edu.