1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
Mon-Fri: 7:00 am-7:00 pm
Saturday: 11:00 am-7:00 pm
Safe Zone is a program designed to increase awareness of issues faced by the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer communities via interactive training sessions. The issues covered in Safe Zone trainings include, but are not limited to, stereotypes, language, and inequalities. Through this awareness, Safe Zone strives to improve campus climate as well as create a visible support network of allies on campus.
At the moment Safe Zone 101 is the only training session being offered. If a person is interested in learning more about the LGBTQ community and the inequalities faced by this community, Safe Zone 101 training is the place to start.
Starting in 2014 Safe Zone will be offering a Safe Zone Ally training, a Gender Identity 101 training, and a "special topics" training, in addition to the Safe Zone 101 training. The Gender Identity 101 training will also focus on the issues of stereotypes, language, and inequalities, but with a specific focus on gender identity. The Safe Zone Ally training is a training for those individuals who are interested in a commitment of being an ally. To become a Safe Zone ally, a person must participate in a one-hour interactive training session where the participants will be asked to examine their personal beliefs and, if they choose, share their thoughts with other participants and the presenter. Once the training is complete, there are promotional items that a participant can take to display in order to show a “Safe Zone” or represent the participant as an LGBQT Ally. Ideally a participant in the Safe Zone Ally training will have completed the Safe Zone 101 and Gender Identity 101 trainings prior to the ally training.
Safe Zone has been on the UW campus since 1996 and has had countless attendees across the Laramie Community. The Safe Zone symbol appears in many areas of campus such as Dean of Students Office, ASUW, RA’s rooms, Admissions as well as many other departments and offices. Safe Zone has transitioned to being a student employed program over the years to draw in a more relatable crowd. Students are highly encouraged to attend the trainings in the hopes that they can expand their own perceptions as well as recognize other perceptions. Safe Zone is not meant to change the mind of a participant, but it is an open space to express and explore opinions about sexual and gender identities.
For more information or to sign up to RSVP to a Safe Zone training, please contact the the Safe Zone Coordinator Rhiannon Jakopak at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 307-766-3117. Safe Zone is located in the Service, Leadership, and Community Engagement office in Wyoming Union 006.