Published on February 7th, 2019 | by University Communications


Faculty, staff invited to Safe Zone ally training on February 12

Prism will present a Safe Zone ally training session, open to all faculty and staff, from 1 to 4 p.m., on Tuesday, February 12, in Benedictine Hall, Room 111. This event is exclusively for faculty and staff. Sessions designed for students are on February 28, March 20, and April 2.

Participants will learn more about terms applicable to at-risk students, and will better understand what various identities represent. (In other words, if you’re not quite sure of the differences among queer identities, sexual orientations, and gender expressions—or if you’ve seen the acronym LGBTQIA+ but get lost somewhere in the middle, this program will help!) It’s an intimate, emotional, personal, and rewarding session that helps everyone better understand the experiences of an often-marginalized student population.

At the end of this training, participants are given the option to sign a Safe Zone ally contract and receive a Safe Zone sticker to apply next to their office nameplates, clearly showing that your office is a space where students can comfortable have discussions about issues of sexual orientation without fear of rejection or retaliation. Regardless of whether you sign the form and get the sticker, you’ll leave with a new understanding of what faculty and staff can do to help students feel welcome on our campus.

Prior registration via EngageLeo is required to ensure capacity. Drinks and snacks will be provided. 

For more information, contact Christopher Friend at or (352) 588-7293.

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