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Established in 1998, the Safe Zone program was created as a collaborative effort between the Dean of Students; the HokiePRIDE; the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Caucus (LGBT Caucus); and the Office for Equity and Inclusion (formerly the Office of Equal Opportunity).
Now, coordinated through Intercultural Engagement Center, the Safe Zone program exists to educate the Virginia Tech community on topics related to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community. Safe Zones are members of the program who are committed to providing a more inclusive and accepting environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities and their allies.
To be Safe Zone certified, participants must first complete Safe Zone 101 and one additional break out session. Information about all sessions are available below.
This session is for individuals interested in learning more about the LGBTQ Community.
Topics addressed in the first training workshop session include:
This session is required for everyone interested in joining the Safe Zone Program.
It is a requirement to attend this session prior to signing up for any following sessions.
We have several opportunities for you to attend SafeZone101, with different dates and times for your convenience.
Many people hold common misconceptions about people who identify as transgender, transexual, genderqueer, or in some way that is unique with regard to sex/gender and identity. Moreover, few people in the majority throughout our society realize that they have a cisgender/cisexual identity that affords certain unearned privileges. This presentation provides an overview of gender diversity, and a welcome forum for exploring new and unfamiliar concepts. Those looking to strengthen their work as allies are strongly encouraged to attend.
This session is led by Safe Zone trainer Christian Matheis.
The Raft Crisis Hotline is a free service offering suicide intervention, empathy, and support to residents of the New River Valley. Raft is a program of New River Valley Community Services and has been serving the local community for more than 40 years. A majority of the hotline's volunteers have traditionally been students at Virginia Tech and an official partnership was formed through former Raft Hotline Manager Brittany Mabry and Virginia Tech's LGBTQ Coordinator Catherine Cotrupi to offer suicide watch and prevention training to Virginia Tech Safe Zones.
This session is led by Raft Crisis Hotline Manager Rebecca Bryce.
How do LGBTQ identified people exist in the context of relationship, meet, and define those relationships? What are some specific ways you can support students dating in the Blacksburg/Virginia Tech area? What are things to be mindful of concerning potential partner violence?
This engaging session covers sensitive and mature issues around safe dating practices, online dating, safe sex across sexualities and gender expression, and an overview of intimate partner violence.
This session is led by Gender Based Violence Prevention Coordinator and Safe Zone facilitator Katie Mey.
This session will cover key court decisions that have defined the LGBTQ legal environment including the topics of gender expression, marriage, adoption, and employment rights. Additionally, we will discuss how these laws directly impact Virginia Tech students, faculty, and staff, and what steps Safe Zones must take when these rights are violated. Information on Title IX compliance and reporting information relevant to the Cleary Act will also be a focus.
This session is led by Safe Zone trainer Amanda Morris.
Please email Natasha Cox, Assistant Director and Safe Zone Program Coordinator at: email@example.com.