Cuyahoga Community College cares about being inclusive of all people. Safe Zone Ally Training is a two-hour workshop that builds awareness of topics related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression, including: LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, & Queer/Questioning) research/data, awareness building activities, relevant resources, and how to discuss these topics. All College employees and students are welcomed to attend. Those completing training become certified Safe Zone Allies, if they choose.
What is a "Safe Zone"?
A Safe Zone is a space in which everyone will be respected and heard, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or gender expression. Safe Zone training was created in 2004 by the Western Campus' student organization, Lambda Gender-Sexuality Alliance. The Safe Zone logo is a way to designate a “safe space,” whether on an office window, door, or on a button. People should feel comfortable in this open and affirming space to discuss LGBTQ+/Ally related issues.
Who is a "Safe Zone Ally"?
A person displaying the Safe Zone logo has attended a training, signed a contract to become a Certified Safe Zone Ally, and agrees that they:
• are aware of the spectrum of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression
• listen to students and employees
• understand the importance of using pronouns and names individuals want to be called
• have access to current referral and resource information
• help promote an environment in which all individuals are respected