LGBTQIA Resource Office

Safe Zone


UNCW's Safe Zone training 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 LBGTQIA+ community.

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. 

Understanding Gender: Trans 101* 

December 11th from 10AM - 12 PM, Location TBA 

Sign up to learn more about gender identity and expression, and how we can make the world a safer, happier, and more open place for our trans community. Having an active Safe Zone training is a prerequisite for attending Understanding Gender. 

Click here to sign up for the Understanding Gender: Trans 101* workshop! 

Fall '19 Safe Zone Dates:

Faculty/Staff: November 18, 1 PM - 4 PM Location McNeil 1051A REGISTER

Student: October 17, 5 PM - 8PM Location McNeil 1051A REGISTER

Request a Safe Zone Training

Would you like to request a Safe Zone Training for your group?  If you have more than 20 participants we will try to accommodate your request.  Please fill out this form and we will contact you!