Are you interested in the Safe Zone Program at Lafayette College? Safe Zone trainings are opportunities to learn about LGBTQIA+ identities, gender and sexuality, allyship, and examine prejudice, assumptions, and privilege.

Interest was overwhelming during the Spring 2022 semester, with over 160 individuals completing the program and another 115 going through group trainings. This is more than triple the number of participants from the Fall 2021 semester, and we are enormously grateful to know there are so many people in our community who are committed to this important work.

Gender & Sexuality Programs has organized for the Safe Zone program to be available to individuals both in-person and virtually throughout the month of June. June is officially LGBTQIA+ Pride Month in the United States and many other countries, and what a perfect time to join in the celebration and gain new tools and resources to use as allies. To express your interest please complete the online form.

The schedule is as following:

Session 1: Introduction to Safe Zone and Understanding Sexual Orientation
– In Person: Thursday, June 2, 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST
– Virtual: Friday, June 3, 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST

Session 2: Exploring Gender Identity
– In Person: Thursday, June 9, 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST
– Virtual: Friday, June 10, 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST

Session 3: Allyship and Inclusion
– In Person: Thursday, June 16, 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST
– Virtual: Friday, June 17, 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST

Session 4: Action Planning
– In Person: Thursday, June 23, 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST
– Virtual: Friday, June 24, 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST

The expectation is that, if possible, you would be able to commit to completing all four sessions. You can choose to move between the in-person and virtual options as you like. It is completely acceptable to bring and eat your lunch during these time slots.

If you are interested in the Safe Zone Program for a group or organization, please reach out directly to ensure we get that scheduled for the coming months.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Thomas Lee. If June does not work well for your schedule, please know there will be future opportunities.

Again, thank you for taking this important step to help us improve the campus climate for LGBTQIA+ students and individuals.

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