Safe Zone Trainings

Safe Zone

Safe Zone Trainings

Navigating one’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity can be a range 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. Our Safe Zone programs are 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 as an ally and an advocate.

Goals 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 that they can 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.

Safe Zone Trainings

General Safe Zone

Our General Safe Zone program is designed to educate UCCS students, faculty, and staff about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities. Learning outcomes include awareness of LGBTQ terminology, the coming out process, and beginner level strategies to being a supportive ally of the LGBTQ community.

Safe Zone 2.0 (Staff and Faculty Specific)

In this session, participants can dig deeper into strategies for supporting LGBTQ students in and out of the classroom. This session provides more opportunities for discussion on what it looks like to be an ally in practice. We will also cover topics related to student development and resources specific to the UCCS campus.

Transgender Focused Safe Zone

Our Transgender focused Safe Zone is designed to educate UCCS students, faculty, and staff about gender identity and gender expression. Learning outcomes include awareness of Transgender specific terminology, the coming out process, and beginner level strategies to being a supportive ally of the Transgender community.

Special Topic Workshops

Departmental and/or Special Topic Safe Zone Workshop

Please contact DeJae Spears, the LGBTQ+ Resource Center Coordinator, at dspears@uccs.edu or 719-255-3447 to request a department-specific or special topic Safe Zone workshop. A minimum of 20 participants is required for requests outside of our general offering. 

Pronouns 101

This workshop is a brief introduction into what pronouns are, how to use them and how to be respectful of other peoples' pronouns. We will also touch on how to update pronouns in the University of Colorado Colorado Springs system. 

When Allies Do Harm

This Workshop links the topics of microaggressions to the conversation surrounding allyship. Allies are essential to the LGBT+ community but what happens when allies unintentionally do harm

Fall 2021 Safe Zone Trainings

Friday, September 17th 2021 | In-person Training | 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Friday, October 15th 2021 | Virtual Training | 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Friday, November 12th 2021 | In-person Training | 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

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