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. To identify as a Safe Zone Ally, complete Module 1: Awareness and Education as well as Module 2: Ally Development.
Safe Zone Module 1: Awareness and Education
The Safe Zone Module 1 workshop is designed to be an introduction to LGBTQIQ terminology, experiences, and issues. This workshop addresses definitions related to sexual orientation and gender expression, the coming out process, and LGBTQIQ resources available.
Safe Zone Module 2: Ally Development (must have completed Module 1)
In order to participate in the Ally Development workshop, you must first have completed Module 1. The Ally Development workshop 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.
Safe Zone Module 3: Unpacking and Undoing Heterosexism
The goal of Module 3 workshop is to encourage attendees to look critically at their own personal biases as well as existing sytems that perpetuate heterosexism, with a goal of decreasing individual and institutional heterosexism. This workshop will become available in spring of 2015.
To RSVP for one of these workshops, complete the registration form at https://atlas.montana.edu:9000/apex/f?p=trainreg. (Note: You must have an MSU log in to register.) If you are having trouble logging in to your account, please call 994-5801 to register.