Purpose

Purpose

The Safe Zone Program is here to…
• Raise the cultural competence of Faculty/Staff at the University to include more knowledge of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning population.
• Provide assistance to an often marginalized student group through visible support.
• Educate the student population on the issues and concerns facing the LGBTQ community.
• Refer students to appropriate campus and non-campus resources for issues and concerns.
• Retain LGBTQ students at the University through assistance and visible support.

The Safe Zone Program is NOT here to…
• Force any individual or group to become “Allies.”
• Take a political stand or support any individual candidates or parties both inside and outside the University.
• Change any individuals’ personal, spiritual, or religious beliefs.
• Recruit or change individuals who identify as “heterosexual.”


Goals

1. Develop Faculty/Staff Allies
The first goal of the Safe Zone Program is to create, develop, and train faculty and staff members who can serve as “Allies.” As stated in our “Statement of Purpose,” an “Ally” is “an informed campus partner who has committed time and energy through organized training to learn more about individuals that may identify as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning or may be unsure of their sexual orientation or gender identity.”

This goal will be accomplished through Safe Zone Ally Development Trainings offered by the Assistant Director for Sexual/Gender Diversity.

2. Support the LGBTQ Campus Community
The second goal of the Safe Zone Program is to support the LGBTQ students, faculty, staff, and visitors of UNC Charlotte.

This goal will be accomplished through Safe Zone Allies, specifically trained to assist this population. In addition there will be both written and web accessible resources available to any interested party searching support.

3. Educate the Campus Community
The third goal of the Safe Zone Program is to educate the campus community on LGBTQ issues and concerns.

This goal will be accomplished through programs offered to students, faculty, and staff about this population. In addition there will be passive programming through the Safe Zone listserv to disseminate information throughout campus.

4. Market Safe Zone Program to Students
The fourth goal of the Safe Zone Program is to market the Safe Zone Allies and the program to the student population and the campus at large.

This goal will be accomplished through “branding” the Safe Zone name and symbol. In addition, advertisements will go out through campus media, flyers, e-mails, Campus Events, and newsletters.