Safe Zone Training

The Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity in partnership with the Office of Multicultural Affairs present to you Safe Zone, an educational program that educates both the campus and greater Lawrence community in order to create a safer, more civil community for all individuals, particularly those of sexuality and/or gender minorities (e.g., lesbian, gay, bisexual,  transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, etc.).

The purpose of this program is to reduce homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism on our campus to make KU a safer and freer environment for all members of our community, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. By agreeing to become a Safe Zone ally, the participant agrees to undergo training and to serve as a resource for people seeking clarification on issues of sexuality and gender diversity. After the training, the ally will be equipped with resources and the official Safe Zone placard to hang in their space, sending a message to the campus community that they are understanding, supportive, and trustworthy individuals in regard to sexuality and gender diversity issues.

 

Thank you, KU Community!

We continue to receive a tremendous response to our Safe Zone educational program.  This tells us that the campus is working hard to become a more knowledgeable and equitable KU.  The 2017-2018 Safe Zone training calendar for departments, programs, and other individual units is nearing capacity.   We encourage units to submit requests and these will be placed on a waiting list in order of receipt.  

The increased demand tells us that the campus is working hard to become more knowledgeable, inclusive, and equitable.  We thank you for this and we are here to support your efforts.  We continue to increase our capacity to serve.  To start, the Office of Sexuality and Gender Diversity has received an increased budget, expanded its staff of student workers, and is developing a more intersectional approach to student support in collaboration with the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity. The staff size and the growing demand for Safe Zone also means that we must explore innovative ways to address the need and interest in this resource.  We are excited about the possibilities and ask for your patience as we press forward.  We appreciate your patience as we work to schedule trainings throughout the year.

 

CLICK HERE to register for Safe Zone training

(for faculty & staff )

 

CLICK HERE to register for Student Safe Zone training

(for undergraduate and graduate students)

 

If you have a disability and you wish to request accommodations for this program, please contact KU Academic Achievement and Access Center as soon as possible at 785-864-2620 (V/TTY), achieve@ku.edu, or visit 22 Strong Hall.

 

Safe Zone Manual: Additional Readings

LGBT People of Color (pdf)

Answers to Your Questions: For a Better Understanding of Sexual Orientation and Homosexuality (pdf)

Answers to Your Questions: About Transgender Individuals and Gender Identity (pdf)

Answers to Your Questions: Individuals with Intersex Conditions (pdf)

Civil Marriage V. Civil Unions: What is the Difference (pdf)


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