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UCF Safe Zone Series

The UCF Safe Zone Series is delivered through several trainings that include: LGBTQ+ 101, Safe Zone Advocates, Coming Out workshop, and GOLD Knights workshop. Everyone must attend the LGBTQ+ 101 training prior to attending the Safe Zone Advocates training. DEU credits are available for faculty and staff and co-curricular transcript credit through OSI is available for students.

What if I took the Allies Training?

Allies is the former LGBTQ+ knowledge-based workshop offered at UCF. Safe Zone has revised the content of the workshop into a series and now offers DEU credit. If you would like to know more about how you can transfer your knowledge from Allies into the new Safe Zone series, please contact the coordinator of LGBTQ+ Services at justin.andrade@ucf.edu.

Safe Zone LGBTQ+ 101

The LGBTQ+ 101 training is the first in the series and is designed for all levels of knowledge about LGBTQ+ issues. In this 2-hour training, participants will be presented with general information about individual and societal concerns related to LGBTQ+ identity. This training serves as an introduction to these issues. LGBTQ+ 101 must be taken as an entry point before any other Safe Zone workshops are taken.

Training Objectives:

  • Gain greater understanding of LGBTQ+ culture
  • Feel more comfortable talking about LGBTQ+ issues
  • Interact more sensitively with LGBTQ+ populations
  • Help create a safer environment for LGBTQ+ individuals on campus

Safe Zone Advocates

This 2-hour training is the second in the series and was created to further individual knowledge and understanding of LGBTQ+ issues. The training is geared toward helping attendees explore, identify, and expose cultural biases and acquire skills necessary for advocating for marginalized populations.

Participants who complete both trainings (LGBTQ+ 101 and Safe Zone Advocates) are designated as Safe Zone Advocates and can be identified by a Safe Zone placard.

Training Objectives:

  • Increase insight into personal and cultural biases
  • Increase awareness of the impact these biases have on interactions with LGBTQ+ individuals
  • Increase comfort in addressing systemic oppressions that affect LGBTQ+ individuals
  • Increase ability to identify micro-aggressions that impact LGBTQ+ individuals
  • Increase comfort in discussing power, privilege, and oppression
  • Acquire skills and knowledge to increase ability to advocate
  • Increase understanding that being an ally is an ongoing and active process

Safe Zone Train the Trainer Workshop

This workshop is for those Safe Zone Advocates who wish to take their commitment to advocacy a step further. By attending the Train the Trainer workshop, Safe Zone Advocates become eligible to facilitate Safe Zone LGBTQ+ 101 trainings, both on and off campus.

Coming Out Workshop

The Coming Out workshop explores the process and challenges of coming out as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender. Participants will learn more about theories and concerns about the coming out process for LGBTQ+ individuals. The workshop will allow those who attend to explore their LGBTQ+ identity or to support a family member or friend who may be coming out.

Training Objectives

  • Provide a space for individuals to ask questions about the coming out process and gain a better understanding of what coming out means to an LGBTQ+ person.
  • Educate individuals on different coming out models and theories to better understand the diversity of the coming out process.
  • Explain the barriers and challenges faced by those who go through the coming out process and provide tips on how to be part of a support system.

Gender & Orientation Language Diversity Workshop (GOLD)

The GOLD workshop aims to provide education on topics concerning language specific to gender and sexual/romantic orientation within the LGBTQ+ community. Participants will learn more about contemporary ideas of gender, sexual orientation, biological sex, romantic orientation, and gender presentation.

Training Objectives

  • Increase the ability to articulate the differences between sexual orientation, romantic orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and biological sex.
  • Increase familiarity with various terms that relate to sexual orientation, romantic orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and biological sex.
  • Increase understanding about the ways in which to respect people regardless of their identity.