Safe Zone Training Planned for August

Posted: July 29, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

A two-part Safe Zone training session will be offered Monday, Aug. 15, and Monday, Aug. 22, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on the Fairfax Campus. The program helps lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) students identify and locate “allies”—friends and supporters of the LGBTQ community—who serve as safe listeners, advocates, and resources.

Beyond providing support to individual LGBTQ students, the Safe Zone program helps create a safer, more welcoming, and more affirming campus culture at George Mason. Safe Zone training is recommended for all faculty, staff, and students who have interaction with other students in an advisory, teaching, service, or leadership capacity.

The Safe Zone training covers LGBTQ student issues, concerns, and development; specifics on transgender experiences; being an effective ally; and learning about helpful resources available to LGBTQ students.

After successfully completing the training, allies are given a rainbow symbol that is posted to identify them as a Safe Zone.

The program is coordinated through the Office of Diversity Programs and Services. Another training session will be offered in September. To register, contact Ric Chollar at rchollar@gmu.edu or 703-993-2700.

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