Safe Zone is a campus-wide diversity-training program committed to making Central State University a safer, more welcoming, and inclusive environment for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) community. By becoming affiliated with Safe Zone, you are indicating that you will be an identifiable source of support and nurturance for LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff on CSU campus. Your participation in Safe Zone sends a message to campus community members that you are available to listen and support their concerns, whether they are those of acknowledged members of the LGBTQ community, of people questioning their sexuality or gender identity, or concerns of fellow allies.
The Safe Zone Ally program is a 90 minute workshop. This training is designed to introduce participants to the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) people. The workshop will introduce definitions related to sexual orientation and gender identity, address homophobia and heterosexism, and dispel myths and misunderstandings about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning identities and communities. All workshops are free and open to the entire campus community. Any student, faculty, or staff member is welcome and all are strongly encouraged to attend. Participants who attend the workshop will receive a certificate and Safe Zone Ally identification card.