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Safe Zone

About the Safe Zone Program

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 the 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. 

Safe Zone is based out of the Campus Activities Center 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.

Starting in 2014 Safe Zone began offering an introductory Safe Zone 101 training, Gender Identity 101 training, Advanced Ally training, and a "special topics" training. Each of these sessions should be attended sequentially, as each one covers more advanced material. If you are just getting started, Safe Zone 101 should be your first stop, as it will begin with basic vocabulary and activities.  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 Advanced Ally training is for those individuals who are interested in a commitment to 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 Advanced Ally training will have completed the Safe Zone 101 and Gender Identity 101 trainings prior to the ally training.

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 at or by calling 307-766-6340. Safe Zone is located in the Campus Activities Center in Wyoming Union 012. 

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