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SAFE ZONE Program

SAFE ZONE is a program designed to increase the overall campus community’s understanding and awareness of issues faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ) and other marginalized persons. SAFE ZONE was created to provide a safer, more receptive, and accepting campus climate by preparing members of the Richland community to serve as a resource on LGBTQ issues while educating the campus community about the SAFE ZONE Program.

Why do we have SAFE ZONE?

Richland Community College is proud of our culturally diverse population and support cultural diversity in every way possible. SAFEZONE is a subtle way to say that all sexual orientations and gender identity and expressions are part of our culture and are acknowledged and supported.

What does it mean?

The symbol indicates a designated "SAFE ZONE" location and is intended to provide a space where gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered persons are supported by someone who is understanding and supportive. The symbol bears a pink triangle, a widely recognized gay-positive symbol, surrounded by a green circle, the international symbol of acceptance. The Rainbow Flag represents Diversity within the gay community.

What does is mean to be a SAFE ZONE member?

Your main responsibility as a SAFE ZONE participant is to be open to questions from and about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Most such questions will probably come from students who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or unsure of their sexual orientation or gender identity, but some questions may come from heterosexual colleagues and students who are disturbed by the presence of a non-heterosexual person in their classes, on campus, or family. Where possible, support policies that bring equity to otherwise inequitable situations and give open support for LGBTQ issues.; Encourage supportive staff, faculty and students to become a part of SAFE ZONE. The more people are willing to talk about these issues with facts and openness, the safer and more successful our campus will become for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender and questioning people.

Do I have to be LGBTQ to be a member of SAFE ZONE?

Displaying a SAFE ZONE symbol does not mean that you are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered. It means you are supportive of the needs of others and willing to learn about issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.

How do I join SAFE ZONE?

All you need to do to join is participate in one of SAFE ZONES training workshops held throughout the year. The workshop is designed to raise awareness and broaden understanding of colleagues and students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered or questioning(LGBTQ).

To register for a SAFE ZONE training workshop, contact the Office of Campus Life, campuslife@richland.edu

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