Safe Zone Training
What is the Safe Zone Program?
The Safe Zone program at Saint Xavier University (SXU) promotes an inclusive and welcoming environment for LGBTQIA+ persons by educating allies on implicit bias, stereotypes, terminology related to sex, gender, sexual orientation, relationships, and gender identity expression, as well as privilege and the limitations of oppression. This program helps individuals reflect on their own biases and self-identity to increase intentionality as an ally. Finally, the program aims to create a visible network of support to promote the retention and success of LGBTQIA+ students at the University.
By participating in this program, allies will be able to:
- Identify various subcommunities and subcultures within the LGBTQIA+ community.
- Articulate the differences between sex, gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation.
- Comprehend core vocabulary and inclusive language to engage in sensitive dialogue with LGBTQIA+ persons.
- Recognize their own identity, biases, and privileges and understand the effects of privilege and oppression on LGBTQIA+ individuals.
- Refer individuals to available support resources on-campus and in the community.
- Recognize opportunities for learning and growth as an ally.
As a participant in the Safe Zone program at SXU, allies pledge to:
- Respect and value all LGBTQIA+ persons as well as their stories and experiences.
- Demonstrate compassion when providing support, such as maintaining confidentiality and actively listening.
- Serve as an advocate and challenge systems of oppression that affect LGBTQIA+ communities, including heterosexism, cisgenderism, homophobia and transphobia.
- Connect students with LGBTQIA+ resources to help them achieve personal and professional excellence.
- Pursue educational opportunities to learn and grow as an advocate and ally.
- Exhibit hospitality through the creation of safe and welcoming spaces free of judgment.
- Understand the limitations of my knowledge and act with integrity to refer individuals to others when necessary.
- Appreciate the diversity of Saint Xavier University staff, faculty, and students and the enrichment individuals bring to the campus community.
Training for the fall 2021 semester will be available soon.
Types of Allies on Campus
All Safe Zone-trained allies at SXU attend a three-hour general training. These allies are known as Scarlet Allies.
Individuals who wish to expand their competence as an ally may choose to complete additional experiences to move beyond Scarlet Ally to Gray, Gold, and Full Spectrum Ally.
At the end of each summer semester, all allies will return to Scarlet Ally status.
Allies can expand beyond Scarlet Ally status by completing new experiences each year. This process promotes continued development and learning regarding LGBTQIA+ topics and best practices related to allyship.
Allies will self-identify additional training experiences and report these using the Den. These experiences include but are not limited to:
- Attending in-person or virtual events on-campus or in the community.
- Reading books related to current LGBTQIA+ issues and topics.
- Conducting research around a related topic.
- Viewing a TedTalk, lecture or attending a webinar.
This is not an exhaustive list and allies may be creative in finding ways to familiarize themselves with various LGBTQIA+ topics.
More information regarding self-reporting your training experiences will be available later in the fall 2021 semester.