Safe Zone Ally Workshops

The Safe Zone Ally Workshop is designed to increase the overall campus community's understanding and awareness of the issues faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual/ally (LGBTQIA+) and other marginalized persons.  Safe Zone was created to provide a more inclusive and supportive campus climate for students, faculty and staff at the University of Nevada, Reno.  

Safe Zone provides safe spaces that are highly visible and easily identifiable to LGBTQIA+ persons, where support and understanding is the key and where bigotry and discrimination are not tolerated.  Safe Zone Ally Workshops educate people on how to be supportive of all people and in turn, how to become an effective ally to LGBTQIA+ people. 

Why Safe Zone?

Our LGBTQIA+ students, faculty and staff may feel that places on campus are uninviting or even hostile.  The Safe Zone and Ally symbols send a clear message to the campus community regarding understanding and non-judgment of LGBTQIA+ persons' needs and concerns.  It is a symbolic way of committing to allyship and creating your space into an atmosphere of nurturance.

Did you know?

  • 74.1% of LGBT students were verbally harassed (e.g., called names or threatened) in the past year because of their sexual orientation and 55.2% because of their gender expression.
  • 32.2% were physically harassed (e.g., pushed or shoved) in the past year because of their sexual orientation and 22.7% because of their gender expression.
  • 56.7% of LGBT students who were harassed or assaulted in school did not report the incident to school staff, most commonly because they doubted that effective intervention would occur or the situation could become worse if reported.

Proven benefits of Safe Zone

  • Students who had seen a Safe Zone or Ally sticker or poster in their school were more likely to identify school staff who were supportive of LGBT students and more likely to feel comfortable talking with staff about LGBT issues.
  • LGBT students with many (11 or more) supportive staff at their school:
    • were less likely to feel unsafe than students with no supportive staff (36.3% vs. 74.1%);
    • were less likely to miss school because they felt unsafe or uncomfortable (14.7% vs. 50.0%);
    • had higher GPA's than other students (3.3 vs. 2.8).
    Statistics above are based on the 2013 National School Climate Survey: The Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth in Our Nation's Schools.

How do I become a Safe Zone Ally?

The Center offers Safe Zone Ally Workshops each semester for administrative and academic faculty, classified staff, and students of the University of Nevada, Reno.  The workshop is two (2) hours in length and aims for in-depth dialogue about LGBTQIA+ lives.  Participants may register as individuals and attend one of the workshops listed below or may attend as a department/group.  Participants must print the materials provided upon registration and bring with them to the workshop. 

Register as an individual

More dates coming soon! 

Register as a department/group

Departments may request a separate workshop for seven (7) or more attendees, but not to exceed 25 people.  This option is ideal for groups that wish to go through the workshop as a team.  Please email Ricky Salazar at rsalazar@unr.edu to set up your workshop.  

University of Nevada Allies 

For more information regarding the Safe Zone Ally Program, please contact Ricky Salazar at rsalazar@unr.edu.