What is a Safe Zone Ally?
A Safe Zone Ally is a member of the Centenary community who has committed to being part of a network creating solidarity and a safer and more supportive environment for people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions at Centenary College.
Safe Zone at Centenary is modeled on a program created by employees at AT&T that is currently in place at corporations such as Lotus Development, Disney, and Levi Strauss. Safe Zone programs are active on many college and university campuses across the country.
What do Safe Zone Allies do?
The Safe Zone program trains allies to help the entire Centenary community develop:
- A deeper awareness of personal ideas, stereotypes, and assumptions related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression
- An increased comfort level in addressing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) issues such as heterosexism and homophobia with individual students and within the college community
- An increased awareness of on and off-campus services that support LGBTQ students
Can I become a Safe Zone Ally?
Yes! All Centenary community members are encouraged to attend the 101 Safe Zone training sessions offered periodically throughout the year. Those who want to become Safe Zone Allies participate in the 202 Safe Zone training session and sign the pledge to become an official Safe Zone Ally. Allies receive a personalized Safe Zone sign to display in their offices or other visible areas.
For questions about Safe Zone contact, Montgomery Mewers.