The Safe Zone program at MSUN is a joint effort between the Office of Diversity Awareness and Multicultural Programs (ODAMP) and Student Support Services-Counseling Office, based on the MSUN commitment to cultural diversity and needs of the LGBTQ community (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer). The Safe Zone Program recognizes that sexual orientation and gender identity are part of the broad culture and exists to acknowledge and support those within this spectrum. It is MSUN’s endeavor to offer a campus climate where all individuals are free to thrive academically, professionally, and personally in an environment that is based on respect and that values diversity. MSUN Safe Zone provides an avenue for LGBTQ students, faculty, staff, allies, and local community to be able to identify places and people who are supportive, non-judgmental, and welcoming of open dialogues regarding issues they might be experiencing. This program will train and work to educate others to be understanding and supportive.
The MSUN Safe Zone Training is Based on Two Modules
Module I - Awareness and Education
This workshop is primarily a conversation on terminology, definitions, and usage of language about LGBTQ identities.
Module II – Ally Development
This workshop focus on building a network of LGBTQ allies at MSUN and the greater community. Participants will learn what it means to be an ally, skills to become an advocate, and how to challenge heterosexism.
At the conclusion of Module II, participants will receive a Safe Zone placard that they might place in their office to identify themselves as individuals who have chosen to educate themselves about LGBTQ issues.
These placards will become symbols of safe and welcoming places on campus for LGBTQ individuals.
Module III - Unpacking and Undoing Individual Heterosexism
This workshop centers on participating in a conversation to identify the beliefs and practices that intentionally or unconsciously privilege heterosexuality as the only (or most acceptable) sexual orientation, and how in some cases these practices might constitute microagressions.
For more information about future trainings, refer to the monthly calendar on the Multicultural Center’s home page or contact:
Diversity Awareness and Multicultural Programs
Student Support Services—Counseling Office