Safe Zone


Safe Zone educates members of the University community about lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ) issues to create a network of allies who, together with members of the LGBTQ community, work to create a community of safety and full inclusion for all its members.


Common Ground offers workshops for faculty, staff, and student leaders designed to help them become more sensitive and informed allies for the LGBT community. At the completion of the workshop, participants will be offered the opportunity to sign a pledge agreeing to advance the Safe Zone mission and may receive a Safe Zone sticker to place in their workplace or where they live on campus, or a Safe Zone button, perfect for a jacket or backpack. Safe Zone members are also invited to join a listserv and attend monthly Brown Bag lunches to continue discussing and learning about issues of relevance to the LGBT community.

What Does the Sticker Mean?

The display of the Safe Zone sticker or button means that the owner has attended a Safe Zone workshop and signed an agreement to be supportive and affirming of the LGBT community. It does not mean that the owner identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, nor should it be inferred that those without Safe Zone stickers are unsupportive.

Safe Zone Members

View our impressive list of Safe Zone members.

Register for Spring 2014 Trainings

  • Thursday, January 16th 4:30pm-7:30pm, THC 321
  • Tuesday, March 25th 5:00pm-8:00pm, THC 321

Safe Zone Luncheon Schedule (Spring 2014)

  • UndocuQueer - Tuesday, February 4th 12:00pm-1:00pm, THC 329
  • LGBTQ Students Study Abroad - Tuesday, March 25th 12:00pm-1:00pm, THC 329
  • Supporting Trans Students - Wednesday, April 9th 12:00pm-1:00pm, THC 329
  • Boatwright Libary staff have created a Safe Zone LIBGUIDE with resources on LGBT issues for students, staff, and faculty.