UNCW's Safe Zone is a training program designed to help campus allies foster an atmosphere of support and safety for UNCW's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and questioning population, including students, faculty and staff. The mission of Safe Zone is to identify, educate and support allies. This will allow allies and UNCW to: provide a comfortable environment for all members of the UNCW community, to encourage an atmosphere free of homophobia and heterosexism and to advocate with and for the LGBTQI community. Our purpose is to provide a setting of appreciation, affirmation, and information for and about the LBGTQI community.
Become an Ally
Anti-LGBTQI bias and prejudice affects all students and it is therefore everyone's collective responsibility to work against it. While there are many out and empowered LGBTQI students who are more than capable of standing up for their own rights, straight allies have a special role to play in Safe Zone programs. A straight ally is any non-LGBTQI person who supports and stands up for the rights of LGBTQI people. It is important for straight allies to demonstrate that LGBTQI individuals are not alone as they work to improve school climate, and to take a stand in places where it may not be safe for them to be out or visible. It is also critical for straight people to show that fighting for LGBTQI rights is not a "gay thing," but a human rights issue about which all people should be concerned.
Requesting a Safe Zone training
If you would like to request a Safe Zone training for your organization, functional area, or office, email Amy Schlag, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Safe Zone trainings
Safe Zone for student attendance
Thursday, January 23rd from 5-8pm in Bear 106
Thursday, March 13th from 5-8pm in Azalea Coast A&B, Fisher University Union
Safe Zone for faculty/staff attendance (graduate students welcome)
Friday, February 7th from 2-5pm in Azalea Coast A
Friday, April 11th from 2-5pm in Education Building 306
Fraternity & Sorority Life Ally Excellence Award
We are pleased to announce the FSL Ally Excellence Award!
- All Chapters who have 60% or more of their membership attend a Safe Zone training will be recognized in this space.
- The Chapter with the highest percentage will be given an award at the end of the semester! Will your Chapter win the crown?
- For Safe Zone dates, please see the Safe Zone page.