What is Safe Zone Training?
Safe Zone is a three hour training designed to educate and empower participants to be agents of change against issues faced by individuals across the gender and sexuality spectrums. While creating “safe spaces” for individuals is the long-term goal, it is not fair to guarantee safety to anyone. Our program works to inspire folks to craft their own strategy for being affirming and inclusive individuals for others. By doing so, we hope to create a network of folks who are dedicated to creating and sustaining a long-term safe community.
The goals of the Safe Zone program are:
- To educate participants on the meaning of various terms, identities, and concepts in relation to sex, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity expression.
- To help folks recognize their identities and how those identities are influenced by the spaces and environments we enter and exit daily.
- To gain an understanding of power, privilege and oppression and how these concepts impact communities across the gender and sexuality spectrums.
- To spread awareness of the challenges that folks who identify with marginalized genders and sexualities have faced and/or are more likely to face.
- To facilitate an opportunity for participants to figure out their part in creating change to alleviate some of those challenges.
The Learning Outcomes of the Safe Zone program are:
- Participants will be able to articulate the differences between sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation.
- Participants will be able to identify their own identities.
- Participants will be able to identify the difference between visible and invisible identities.
- Participants will be able to define privilege and oppression in the context of gender and sexual identities.
- Participants will be able to identify the difference between being an “ally with” and being an “ally for” a marginalized community.
These trainings are free and open to graduate students, staff, and faculty at UNC. Keep in mind that completing the entire training is mandatory to receive a Safe Zone certificate. Each training hosts between 16 to 20 participants.