Safe Zone Training

Organized by the Q Center in the Center for Campus Life, the Safe Zone series is designed to engage participants in information and activities that examine ways that each of us, in our own daily interactions and roles, can make a positive impact on the lives and experiences of marginalized students, employees, friends, and family members. The facilitators first focus on up-to-date vocabulary and concepts, the current political environment and basic data to create a shared language and understanding of critical issues for LGBTQIA+ people and allies.

Safe Zone workshops engage participants in activities that build cultural competency for working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and other gender and sexual minority (LGBTQ+) people from the classroom to the boardroom. Participants take away practical skills and understanding of current language and issues affecting our LGBTQ+ community members.

Here are some examples of what we discuss in Safe Zone workshops:

  • What is a Safe Zone?
  • What current terms, definitions and appropriate language should I use?
  • What do I need to know about pronoun usage?
  • What are sexual orientation and gender identity? How are they different?
  • What new and pending legislation in NYS and the US are important to LGBTQIA+ people?
  • How can I be an ally to LGBTQIA+ people? How can I best be supportive?
  • How does creating safe zones support the mission of RIT?
  • Why should I care about this?

Together, we work toward identifying changes in behavior at the individual level and culture at the organizational level that will increase equity and inclusion for LGBTQIA+ people on campus.