Arizona State University and the surrounding community are proud of their culturally diverse population and support cultural diversity in every way possible. SafeZONE is a three-hour, in-depth workshop designed to increase the overall campus community's understanding and awareness of issues faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual/allied and other marginalized students.
SafeZONE workshops occur at each ASU location throughout the year. Departments may request a separate, individualized workshop when there are at least ten or more committed attendees using the Private Workshop Request Form.
Individuals who agree to display the SafeZONE Ally placard agree to acknowledge the presence and contributions of those who identify as LGBTQIA+. SafeZONE Allies also believe that campuses and communities are enriched by the diversity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, and asexual individuals and are willing to assist individuals in accessing support and information resources on all campus locations and in the community. SafeZONE Allies also agree to maintain confidentiality, use inclusive language, avoid stereotyping, and not assume heterosexuality. Finally, SafeZONE Allies agree to be positive, supportive and affirming to students, staff and faculty regarding LGBTQIA+ people and issues.
Displaying a SafeZONE Ally placard identifies individuals who completed the training. It does not mean that one is lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, or asexual. It does mean one is supportive of the needs of others and willing to learn about issues related to sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.
ASU faculty, staff and students interested in becoming SafeZONE Workshop facilitators may register for Train the Trainer Facilitator training after successfully completing a SafeZONE Workshop. New, enthusiastic allies are encouraged to consider this option. Already established Facilitators are expected to attend periodic refresher courses. All facilitators are expected to co-facilitate at least one workshop per semester.