Safe Zone has been on the University of Wyoming 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 run program over the years to draw in a more relatable crowd.
Safe Zone is an educational program based out of the Campus Activities Center. Safe Zone geared towards creating an inclusive environment for the LGBTQIA community here at UW via workshop style presentations. 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 Spring 2015, Safe Zone began offering an updated version of three educational sessions including an introductory LGB 101, Gender Identity, and Visible Ally Training. Each of these sessions should be attended sequentially, as each one covers more advanced material. If you are just getting started, LGB 101 should be your first stop, as it will begin with basic vocabulary and activities to begin exploring different aspects of the community. The Gender Identity session dives a little bit deeper with a specific focus on the trans* community. The Visible Ally workshop is for those individuals who are interested in a commitment to being an ally. To become a ally, a person must participate in a workshop where the participants will be asked to examine their personal beliefs and, if they choose, share their thoughts with other participants and the presenter. At the beginning of your journey, you will receive a placard from Safe Zone, which will be signed off on by an official SZ Facilitator after you have completed each session.
Ideally a participant in the Safe Zone Visible Ally workshop will have completed the LGB 101 (or a comparable version of) and Gender Identity prior to attending.
For more information or to sign up to RSVP to a Safe Zone training, please contact the the Safe Zone Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 307-766-6340. Safe Zone is located in the Campus Activities Center in Wyoming Union 012.
Displaying any of the logos below indicates that you are a person who is supportive of all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. The traditional Safe Zone symbol bears a pink triangle, a reclaimed symbol of positive gay identity, surrounded by a green circle, an international symbol of peace or acceptance. It designates "safe zones" for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals on campus. The Safe Zone symbol sends a message to all LGBTQ individuals that whomever is displaying the symbol is a trustworthy individual who will be understanding and supportive if an individual needs help, advice, or someone with whom to talk about issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity. Moreover, the logo symbolizes that homophobic and heterosexist attitudes, comments, and actions will not be tolerated, but will be addressed in an educational and informative manner.