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Safe Zone Series

UNCW's Safe Zone Series workshop program is designed to help campus allies foster an atmosphere of support and safety for UNCW's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning population (LGBTQIA+), 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 support the LGBTQIA+ community. Our purpose is to provide a setting of appreciation, affirmation, and information for and about the LGBTQIA+ community.

Our three part series of workshops are designed to build upon one another however there is no requirement to take all three or to take them in order.  If you are new to LGBTQIA+ topics, we recommend starting with our Safe Zone/Ally: LGBTQIA 101.  If you have questions about our series of workshops please email 

Become an Ally

Anti-LGBTQIA+ 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 LGBTQIA+ 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-LGBTQIA+ person who supports and stands up for the rights of LGBTQIA+ people. It is important for straight allies to demonstrate that LGBTQIA+ 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 LGBTQIA+ rights is not a "gay thing," but a human rights issue about which all people should be concerned. 


Spring 2023 Safe Zone Training

 Safe Zone/Ally: LGBTQIA 101

Safe Zone/Ally: LGBTQIA 101 is the first workshop in our three part series.  This workshop serves as an introduction to LGBTQIA+ topics including, terminology, examining assumptions, bias, and beginning the conversation of what it means to be an ally. 

February 2 10am-12pm Location: McNeill 1051 Sign Up Here

February 23 10am-12pm Location: McNeill 1051 Sign Up Here


Understanding Gender

Understanding Gender is the second workshop in our three part series.  This workshop focuses on gender, including gender identity, gender expression, pronouns, and other topics around gender.  

March 21, 10am-12pm Location: McNeill 1051 Sign Up Here


Active Ally

Active Ally is the third and final workshop in our three part series.  This workshop combines knowledge from the previous two workshops and asks participants to put into practice skills they have developed in the previous workshops.  This is a participatory workshop that focuses on discussion, reflections, and further skill development. 

April 12, 10am-12 Location: McNeill 1051 Sign Up Here


Using Our History to Heal

Using Our History to heal is an elective course offered to those who have completed the three previous workshops.  This workshop will take a look at US history through a queer lens. Much of our history has been erased and ignored.  In this workshop we will uncover queer history, beyond the Stonewall Riots and the first Pride.  We will discuss what led up to the riots, what life was like prior to and where we go from here.  Learning about queer history can provide greater context for where we are now and why it is so important to understand how we got here.


April 24, 10am-12pm McNeill 1051  Sign Up Here

Safe Zone Training Request?

If your group cannot attend an already scheduled workshop and you have more than 20 participants get in touch with Brooke Lambert at please keep in mind we may not be able to accommodate all requests.