We offer a variety of different Safe Zone Trainings: Safe Zone, Trans Safe Zone, Health Care Disparities Safe Zone, Public School and Higher Education Policy Safe Zone, Interpersonal Violence Safe Zone
Safe Zone helps provide participants with ways to improve inclusion and equity for LGBTQ+ people and suggests ways to assess and address exclusions. We provide trainings that specifically focus on WVU resources or can address the needs of LGBTQ+ people in the state of WV (and beyond).
Our Safe Zone symbol is a message that a campus community member has participated in Safe Zone training and is committed to advocating for LGBTQ+ people.
The LGBTQ+ Center runs regularly scheduled trainings during the academic year; please check back at the start of the Fall 2019 for that schedule.
Safe Zone Training.Safe Zone is committed to providing faculty, staff and student leaders with the necessary knowledge and tools to serve as allies to the LGBTQ community on campus. During these interactive sessions, participants are provided with information regarding:
- Definitions and preferred usage
- How to be an active ally, including how those of us in the LGBTQ+ community can be better allies to one another
- Campus and community climate issues
- Campus and community resources
We encourage all those who participate in trainings to display a Safe Zone symbol but it is not necessary: you may decide to participate for personal knowledge, too.
Trans Safe Zone
The WVU LGBTQ+ Center provides Transgender Safe Zone training to all interested faculty, staff, students, and broader community members. Our training covers basic information about transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming people and communities, demographic information about the size of transgender populations in the US and in WV, and histories of transgender activism, as well as issues related to trans health care and transition, and trans-specific experiences with hate crimes and discrimination. The Transgender Safe Zone provides concrete strategies for those interested in becoming a transgender ally, including ways to assess the gender-inclusivity of living and learning spaces, recreational facilities, forms, policies, pedagogies, and curricula, and ways to ensure inclusive pronoun and chosen name use.