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SXU Safe Zone


SXU Safe Zone Proud LGBTQIA+ Ally

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.

Program Participation

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.

All Safe Zone-trained allies at SXU attend a two-hour general training and pledge to continue their development and learning of LGBTQIA+ topics and best practices related to allyship through additional independent trainings including:

  • 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.

Ally Pledge

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.

Available Resources

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please call 1-866-488-7386 or text, "TREVOR" to 1-202-304-1200. Individuals may also dial 998 for the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.

Trained Allies on Campus