How do I become Safe Zone trained?
Interested in learning more about LGBTQ issues and potentially becoming part of an ally network for LGBTQ students at MSU? The Safe Zone program offers trainings each semester to help educate our community and promote an inclusive campus environment. Safe Zone is a program that appears on campuses across the nation to build awareness and support of LGBTQIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and questioning) individuals. These workshops educate and raise awareness about LGBTQIQ issues and provide training, resources and tips for being an ally.
All workshops are free and open to the campus community. All students, staff members, and faculty members are welcome and strongly encouraged to attend. The complete Safe Zone Training consists of the General Education Workshop and an Ally Training.
General Education Workshop
Thursday, October 16th / 3:00-5:00 pm
Wednesday, October 22nd / 3:00-5:00 pm
The Safe Zone General Education Workshop is designed to be an introduction to LGBTQIQ terminology, experiences, and issues. This workshop addresses definitions related to sexual orientation and gender expression, heterosexism and homonegativity, the coming out process, and LGBTQIQ resources available.
Ally Training (must have completed Module 1)
Thursday, October 23rd / 4:00-5:00 pm
Wednesday, October 29th / 4:00-5:00 pm
In order to participate in an Ally Training, you must first have attended the General Education Training. The Ally Training focuses on expanding the network of LGBTQIQ allies at Montana State University. Participants learn what it means to be an ally, techniques for being an advocate, and challenging heterosexism. Safe Zone Allies display Safe Zone placards to identify themselves as individuals who have participated in the Safe Zone Training program and have chosen to educate themselves about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues. These symbols indicate safe and welcoming places on campus for members of the LGBTQ community.
To RSVP for one of these workshops, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 994-5801.