Safe Zone Behrend

Unlike more visible underrepresented groups on college campuses, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and/or questioning (GLBTQ) students cannot be easily identified. Similarly, there is no easy method of identifying persons supportive of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered persons and other diverse populations. Safe Zone provides a way for supportive students, faculty and staff at Behrend to prominently and non-verbally illustrate that they are a safe contact for all people.

Members of the campus community can become allies by participating in a Safe Zone workshop where you would receive a sticker to be placed on your door, window or another location.  The sticker identifies your location as a “safe zone”--safe from hatred, prejudice, and homophobia.

Workshops are provided periodically throughout the academic year. Look for an invitation. If interested in scheduling a workshop for your group or unit, please contact our office at DiversityBehrend@psu.edu and we would be happy to facilitate one.

Resources

GLBT Mentoring

TRIGON (GLBTA Student Organization)

PSU The Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Equity

Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals, Inc.

Penn State Behrend, LGBTA Support Network members

10 Ways to Fight Hate on Campus

Report Bias

It Gets Better! - White House Staff Blog

Unisex Bathrooms