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 Michael.Nunes@ucf.edu.
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.
- Gain a 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
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.
- 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 the ability to identify micro-aggressions that impact LGBTQ+ individuals
- Increase comfort in discussing power, privilege, and oppression
- Acquire skills and knowledge to increase the 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.
The Coming Out workshop explores the process and challenges of coming out as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender. Participants will learn more about what the process of coming out may look like, different misconceptions, and how to be an advocate during and after someone comes out. 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.
- 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.
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 ideas of gender, sexual orientation, biological sex, romantic orientation, and gender presentation.
- 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.