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. 


Spring 2020 Safe Zone Dates:

Student Safe Zone Training: February 13, 5pm-8pm REGISTER HERE

Faculty/Staff Safe Zone Training: March 20, 9am-12pm REGISTER HERE

Safe Zone 2: Active Ally* 

April 8, 10am-12pm, Location TBA

Sign up to continue discussions from our Safe Zone/Ally Training. Safe Zone 2: Active Ally is an interactive seminar where we will look at case studies, engage in further discussion around LGBTQIA issues, and put our skills and information to practice while learning how to be an Active Ally.

*Having an active Safe Zone/Ally Training is a prerequisite for attending Safe Zone 2.

Registration will open in March

Understanding Gender: Trans 101* 

April 21, 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/Ally Training is a prerequisite for attending Understanding Gender. 

Registration will open in March


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!