Safe Zone

Safe Zone

Safe Zone Cohort Program

New Safe Zone program logo

Our Safe Zone program is designed to educate UCCS students, faculty, and staff about the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer+ communities and ways that they can support them through allyship and ongoing advocacy. Navigating one’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity can be a range of emotions on the spectrum from scary to exciting. These experiences can sometimes intensify during a student’s formative college years. Students, newly out and/or new to campus, may not know where to go for resources or support. It is our responsibility as a community that strives for inclusive diversity to equip everyone with the knowledge and skills to contribute to a healthy campus climate. 

Outcomes for Safe Zone Participants:

  • Participants will gain increased knowledge about the experiences and issues facing LGBTQ+ students at UCCS.
  • Participants will gain increased knowledge about resources to support LGBTQ+ students at UCCS.
  • Participants will develop skills to better advocate for the visibility and needs of LGBTQ+ community members at UCCS.

Those completing the training receive a Safe Zone sticker to signify they are equipped to provide a more inclusive space for people of diverse gender identities and sexual orientations. For many, the visibility of the Safe Zone sticker grants validation, acceptance, support, and a sense of safety that lets them know that they are not alone and not without a support network. Your involvement with our office and efforts contribute to raising awareness and creating a safe and inclusive learning environment.

Important Details on the Program

We ask that departments do not mandate or require their employees to attend the Safe Zone program, but encourage and invite employees to ensure investment in the program. 

Through the Office of DEI Education and Outreach with the Division of DEI, they offer "Beyond the Binary" workshop for faculty and staff wanting a foundational understanding on the LGBTQ+ community. You can find the training information by visiting https://dei.uccs.edu/programs-training.

Cohort Program


 

Download the PDF here Safe Zone Cohort Model v2.pdf

Fall 2024 Training

Wednesday, September 4th: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

  • Registration will open at a later time. For any questions, please email Rafael Norwood at rnorwood@uccs.edu.

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Units with Safe Zone Cohort Trained Individuals


 

Download the PDF here: Safe Zone Cohort Program Trained Map_1.pdf