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 LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) individuals. These workshops educate and raise awareness about LGBTQ+ 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 

Description: The Safe Zone Module 1 workshop is designed to be an introduction to LGBTQ+ terminology, experiences, and issues. This
workshop is designed as an introduction to LGBTQ+ terminology, experiences, and issues.  This workshop addresses definitions related to assigned sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation; the coming out process; and resources for LGBTQ+ individuals.

Tuesday, September 27th, from 3-5pm (SUB 233)  -  Fall 2022                                                                  REGISTER      

Wednesday, October 26th, from 1-3pm (Romney 415) -  Fall 2022   

Safe Zone Module 2: LGBTQ Ally Development (must have completed Module 1) 

Description: In order to participate in the Ally Development workshop, you must first have completed Module 1. This
workshop focuses on expanding the network of LGBTQ+ allies at Montana State University.  Participants will explore the meaning of being an ally, different forms of ally development, and how to apply this in their life.  This workshop is appropriate for a range of people whether they are starting their journey as an ally for LGBTQ+ individuals or for those who already identify as allies and are looking to explore ways to expand on their development.  Participants will have the opportunity to join the Safe Zone ally network at MSU upon completing this session.  As part of this process, individuals will receive their Safe Zone placards and/or buttons to identify themselves as Safe Zone allies.  The Safe Zone symbol indicates a safe and welcoming place on campus for members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Tuesday, October 4th, from 3-4:30pm (Barnard 126) -  Fall 2022   

Wednesday, November 2nd, from 1-2:30pm (SUB 235) -  Fall 2022   

Safe Zone Module 3: Unpacking and Undoing Individual Heterosexism and Transnegativity (must have completed Module 1)

This workshop reviews the concepts of heterosexism, transnegativity, implicit bias, and microaggressions as it relates to sexual orientation and gender identity.  Participants will then have the opportunity to explore and identify areas of personal bias and microaggression with the aim of being able to mitigate these better through greater self-awareness.  Participants will also have opportunity to identify action items to implement after the workshop to counter heterosexism and transnegativity.

Tuesday, October 11,  from 3-5pm (SUB 233) -  Fall 2022   

Wednesday, November 9th, from 1-3pm (SUB 235) -  Fall 2022   

If you are having trouble with registration, please call 994-5801 to register.

For more information, email [email protected] or [email protected].