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.

Summer 2023 Safe Zone Module 1 training options 

Monday, June 12 from 1:30 - 3:30 pm in the DISC, SUB 185

Wednesday, June 28 from 9:00 - 11 am in the DISC, SUB 185 Completed


PRE-FALL 2023 SZ MODULE 1 Workshop - August 18, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. REGISTER HERE

PRE-FALL 2023 MODULE 2 Workshop  - August 28, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. REGISTER HERE

TRAIN THE TRAINER TRAINING - September 13th, 2023 - noon to 4:00 p.m. - must have Safe Zone modules 1 and 2 training completed to be eligible. REGISTER HERE

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 2023 - Module 1

Tuesday, Sept 26 from 3-5pm 

Wednesday, Oct 25 from 1-3pm  Register

Spring 2024 - Module 1 (Open for Registration)

Tuesday, Feb 6 from 3-5pm 


Wednesday, Mar 6 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 2023 - Module 2

Tuesday, Oct 3 from 3-5pm

Wednesday, Nov 8 from 1-3pm  Register

Spring 2024 - Module 2 (Open for Registration)

Tuesday, Feb 13 from 3-5pm

Wednesday, Mar 20 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 2023 - Module 3

Tuesday, Oct 10 from 3-5pm

Wednesday, Nov 15 from 1-3pm  Register
Spring 2024 - Module 3 (Open for Registration)

Tuesday, Feb 20 from 3-5pm 

Wednesday, Mar 27 from 1-3pm Register


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