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The goal of Safe Zone training is to educate the campus community and increase awareness of LGBTQ+ identity and issues.

It’s also designed to provide a visible support network that is inclusive and welcoming of all members of the Alma College community, regardless of sexual identity, gender identity or gender expression. Each Safe Zone member has a Safe Zone sticker that they can place on their office or room door as a visible sign that they can provide a safe space and be a resource for support.

There are well over 99 total Safe Zone-trained members on our campus that include students, faculty and staff. If you or your group, organization or department would like to become Safe Zone trained or would like more information about the program, or are interested in becoming a Safe Zone facilitator, please contact blakeda@alma.edu.

Upcoming Safe Zone Workshops

Safe Zone 101 Training

Thursday, August 5, 2021

9:00 AM-12:00 PM

SAC 109

This session will include Student Affairs graduate assistants and new staff. If you would like to join the workshop, please contact Dr. Donnesha Blake at blakeda@alma.edu.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

1:00-4:00 PM

Location TBD

This session will include student leaders working in Residence Life and for the First Year Guide program. If you would like to join the workshop, please contact Dr. Donnesha Blake at blakeda@alma.edu.

Please review the following pre-training materials prior to joining the Safe Zone 101 training:

First Impressions Worksheet

Core Vocabulary

LGBTQ+ Resources Handout

Safe Zone Facilitator Workshop

Monday, August 16, 2021

1:00-5:00 PM

Location TBD

This session is for those who are interested in facilitating Safe Zone 101 and have already gone through the Safe Zone 101 workshop at Alma or a comparable program within the last year. We will review the Safe Zone program and practice some foundational facilitation strategies. To participate in the workshop, please contact Dr. Donnesha Blake at blakeda@alma.edu.

Safe Zone 101

In Safe Zone 101, participants learn the basic terminology and some foundational information about LGBTQ+ identity including coming out and the difference between gender and sexuality.

Safe Zone 201

In Safe Zone 201, participants take a closer look at various topics within the LGBTQ+ including intersectionality, trans-inclusion, and bystander intervention.

Safe Zone 201: Race, Gender, Sexuality Online Webinar

This training explores the relationship between race, genders, and sexuality using the framework of intersectionality. We will center queer and trans people of color to understand how race shapes experiences like coming out and transitioning.

Access Online Training Materials Here

Alma College’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion is also a certified trainer for the NCAA Division III LGBTQ OneTeam Program. Learn more about the LGBTQ OneTeam Program.

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