Safe Zone is a program run by Counseling Services. It aims at combating homophobia on campus. At the beginning of every semester, Counseling Services administers the program for Community Coordinators/Advisors (CC's/CA's). During other times of the year, they may get requests by clubs, staff, and faculty to have the program available.
The SAGE Center will notify students about these opportunities. Volunteers within Southern's LGBTIQA community are welcome to attend. The training lasts a few hours, and at the end one receives a Safe Zone symbol and pin, which he or she can display in their residence halls.
Counseling Services will ask the SAGE Center or LGBT Prism Club for volunteers to speak at this training. The panelists will tell their "coming out" stories and answer questions from the audience (does not usually get any larger than thirty people).According to the Counseling Service's Outreach webpage, the goals of Safe Zone are:
- To assess our own feelings about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues and homophobia. (Awareness)
- To increase our knowledge and understanding about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues and homophobia. (Knowledge)
- To develop action plans on how to improve the environment of Southern for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender staff and students. (Skills and Action)
For more information please visit the Counseling Center's Programming and Outreach webpage.