What is a Safe Zone?
Unlike more visible under-represented groups on college campuses, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, questioning students, Jews, atheists, vegetarians, people with disabilities, Irish people, etc. cannot be easily identified. Similarly, there is no easy method of identifying persons supportive of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered, Jews, atheists, vegetarians, people with disabilities, and Irish, etc. persons and issues.
The Safe Zone provides a way for supportive faculty, staff, administrators, and students on college campuses and communities to prominently and non-verbally illustrate that they are a safe contact for all diverse students and employees.
To become a Safe Zone participant, one usuallly must participate in a extensive interactive training session. At the training, participants are usually asked to examine their personal beliefs and share their thought with other participants. Upon completing the training, participants usuallyl receive a safe zone sticker, door tag, and certificate. Safe Zone Programs are usually designed for faculty, staff, administrators, students and community members. They are popular on college campuses but are also seen in stores, and in businesses.