Safe Zone LGBTQIA+ Workshops

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"How wonderful is it that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." Anne Frank

The Safe Zone workshop promotes awareness of the LGBTQIA+ community.  This two-hour workshop aims to educate the Stockton community on LGBTQIA+ issues and terminology, with the result of improving the environment for our students, faculty and staff who identify as LGBTQIA+.  This workshop will also be the starting point for building a network of support within our community.



The Safe Zone Project will address many concerns, issues, misunderstandings, and lack of information. There is a need for more discussion about the homophobia, hate speech, and diversity issues/concerns on many levels present on the Stockton University Campus. A place of higher education should be a place where everyone feels comfortable being themselves (regardless of personal identity). The campus has a responsibility to provide its students with a comfortable learning environment irrespective of their differences. Through programs like Safe Zone, we can make Stockton University a more supportive and comfortable environment for all people.


Workshop goals and learning objectives:

  • To increase awareness of LGBTQIA+ people and issues.
  • To put a human face on the experiences of people who support full equality for LGBTQ people.
  • To help build a visible support network of LGBTQIA+ allies on Stockton's campus.
  • To introduce working definitions of LGBTQIA+ terminology, symbols, and flags and to clarify misconceptions.
  • To understand the 'coming out' process of LGBTQIA+ people.
  • To provide accurate information, while offering a challenge to myths and sterotypes
  • To help clarify understanding of gender identity, gender expression/presentation, sex assigned at birth, sexual and romantic orientations.
  • To explore topic of social construction of LGBTQIA+ identities.
  • To discover an understanding of heterosexism, homophobia, and transphobia.
  • To encourage dialogue within and beyond the educational session by preparing our students to educate others.
  • To learn about local LGBTQIA+ resources and sources for continuing education.

[adapted from MSUD (as adapted from Rainbow Center, UCONN)]

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