Frequently Asked Questions
What does it mean to be a Qeer Safe Zone member?
A Safe Zone member is a person who has voluntarily decided to become a visible ally for all queer people on campus. Members have undergone a three-hour workshop to build on their knowledge and awareness of issues within the queer community; reflect on their own personal assumptions, biases and beliefs; and gain tools in how to create a safe space for members of the queer community as well as other allies. Safe Zone members are also committed to providing appropriate information and assistance regarding queer interests, issues and concerns.
What should I expect in the training session?
During a Queer Safe Zone session we cover terminology, the coming out process, advocacy and resources. The topics of gender, sexuality, romantic orientation, and issues related to these concepts are also discussed. The session is a discussion-based workshop where participants will be encouraged to ask questions, share knowledge and learn from one another.
Who can participate in Queer Safe Zone training?
Anyone, regardless of sexual or gender identity or expression, is welcome to become a Safe Zone ally. Faculty, staff and students are vital to the success of the program. Upcoming workshop dates will be updated on this web site.
What does it mean if I see a Queer Safe Zone symbol displayed?
A Queer Safe Zone symbol identifies the person as someone who has chosen to educate themselves about queer issues and has information about local resources. A person displaying a Queer Safe Zone decal has been through a workshop and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for students, staff, and faculty who identify as queer. The Queer Safe Zone symbol communicates a message of understanding, non-judgment and knowledge of queer persons' needs and concerns.
Do I already need to know about queer resources to join?
Queer Safe Zone allies need only to be open and supportive to the needs of queer individuals and willing to learn about issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity.
Who is involved in bringing back the Queer Safe Zone program?
The rekindling of the program is an effort of a Safe Zone sub-committee stemming from the LGBT Advocacy Council partnered with WWU’s Queer Resource Center. The Safe Zone sub-committee, composed of students, staff and faculty, started meeting in the Spring 2011 in a response to increase publicity surrounding the suicides of individuals who were bullied as a result of their sexual or gender identity.