Safe Zone

Safe Zone One

Safe Zone is a training session designed to increase the overall understanding and awareness of issues faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning (LGBTQIA) and other marginalized persons. Safe Zone One focuses on terminology, privilege and the coming out process.

Safe Zone Two

Safe Zone is a training session designed to increase the overall understanding and awareness of issues faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning (LGBTQIA) and other marginalized persons. Safe Zone Two focuses on gender identity, the transgender community and being an effective ally. (Safe Zone One must be completed prior to taking Safe Zone Two.)

Purpose of Safe Zone

  • Provide space for open, honest discussion of LGBTQIA  topics, ideas, and issues.
  • To identify members of the FC community who will model support, affirmation, and inclusion of LGBTQIA people.
  • To reduce homophobia and heterosexism on the FC campus, thereby making our campus a safer and more affirming environment for all members of our community regardless of sexual orientation.
  • To train individuals to serve as resources for LGBTQIA students, faculty and staff.
  • To educate the campus community about LGBTQIA issues.

Goals of Safe Zone

  • Promote an environment where each member of the FC community is welcomed and valued.
  • Promote understanding, acceptance, and appreciation of our LGBTQIA students.
  • Promote a culture of inclusion at FC through a network of Safe Zone trained students, faculty, and  staff who support our LGBTQIA students; understand the unique challenges faced by the LGBTQIA community; are aware of campus resources; and work to challenge discrimination, homophobia, heterosexism, and ignorance.

Safe Zone Schedule for  2018-2019

Safe Zone 1
October 24, 2018 and March 6, 2019
3-5 p.m.
Center for Diversity & Inclusion

Safe Zone 2
November 14, 2018 and April 10, 2019
3-5 p.m.
Center for Diversity & Inclusion

Safe Zone committee members:
Jacob Knight, chair
Terri Lynn Roberts-Leonard, vice chair
Taylor Dwyer
Lisa Mahan

Additional Safe Zone Facilitators:
Denise Baird
Sonnie Terrell
Zhenyu Tang
Russ Norris

Please contact diversity@FranklinCollege.edu with any questions or to register.