The UMSL Safe Zone program serves to identify and train faculty, staff, and students who are sensitive and affirmative to the needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and intersex persons. Our ultimate goal is to reduce the incidence of heterosexism and homophobia on our campus, and thereby promote a campus that is a safer and freer place for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
After completing a 3-hour training session, all Safe Zone participants receive a symbol which identifies them as being supportive points of contact for others on campus with questions related to sexual orientation or gender identity.
This website is designed to provide more information about the UMSL Safe Zone program and its participants. The site also includes links to other LGBT resources on the internet and in the St. Louis community. Thank you for your interest in Safe Zone!
Seminar - Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Youth-- Friday, April 4, Noon, 331 SSB
This presentation will focus on the unique experiences of Transgender and Gender Nonconforming (TGNC) youth. Topics discussed will include transgender definitions and the spectrum of gender identity, along with an exploration of how the privileges, opportunities and challenges of traditional gender roles, cultural expectations, and individual presentations affect young people. Participants will engage in TGNC youth case scenarios and learn best practice tips for being effective advocates and allies to all youth. Presented by Randall Jenson, LGBTQ Youth Advocate with Safe Connections.
Safe Zone Manual - Now online!
The manual normally provided to new allies during Safe Zone training sessions is now posted on our website. Click here to access the online version of the manual.