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  educate our community and promote an inclusive campus environment. Safe Zone is a program on campuses across the nation building awareness and support of LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) individuals.  

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 Train the Trainer Training will be offered September 12, 2024. To register, please check back July 1st - RSVP

Pre-Fall Semester Workshops: Module 1 and 2 RSVPs open June 3rd, 2024.

Module 1 Wednesday, Aug 7 from 1 - 3 pm Register
Module 2 Wednesday, Aug 14 from 1 - 3 pm Register


Fall 24 Public Workshops Registration opens July 1st. 

Safe Zone Module 1: Awareness and Education 

This workshop is designed to be an introduction to LGBTQ+ terminology, experiences, and issues.including definitions related to assigned sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation; the coming out process; and resources for LGBTQ+ individuals.

Fall 2024 - Module 1 

Wednesday, Sep 25 from 3-5pm 


Wednesday, Oct 23 from 1-3pm 


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

Thisworkshop 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.

Fall 2024 - Module 2 

Wednesday, Oct 9 from 3-5pm

Wednesday, Nov 6 from 1-3pm  Register

Safe Zone Module 3: Mitigating 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.

Fall 2024 - Module 3 

Wednesday, Oct 16 from 3-5pm 

Wednesday, Nov 13 from 1-3pm Register


For help with registration or more information,  call (406) 994-5801 or email [email protected] or [email protected].