The Safe Zone Project
We offer a 2 hour workshop to train on basic issues affecting the LGBTQA+ community and how to be an ally. Register for one of our open Safe Zone dates below, or contact our office to schedule a workshop for your office, department, or group!
- Increase awareness, knowledge, and support of LGBTQA+ people and issues;
- Build a visible support network of LGBTQA+ Allies on URI’s campus; and
- Improve the campus climate for LGBTQA+ people at URI.
Safe Zone Facilitator: Robert Koob
Safe Zone History
The Safe Zone Program evolved from the Welcome Project at URI which involved students, faculty, and staff in response to issues and needs of URI’s LGBTQA+ community. In conjunction with other programs and activities sponsored by the URI Gender and Sexuality Center, the Welcome Project played a significant role in advancing URI to recognition in The Advocate’s Comprehensive Guide to Colleges and Universities with the Best Programs, Services, and Student Organizations for LGBT Students.
The Safe Zone Logo is an active symbol of support for the LGBTQA+ community, people, families and friends. Posting this logo publicly demonstrates one’s dedication to being an ally to the LGBTQA+ community. Interested parties can get a Safe Zone logo by attending any of our Safe Zone trainings!
Safe Zone Facilitator Training
The Safe Zone Facilitator workshop is a 2 hour workshop that’s designed to train students, faculty, and staff on how to lead our Safe Zone Workshops and facilitate them to any group, whether on or off campus.
- To explore our own awareness, knowledge, and skills concerning LGBT student, faculty, and staff terms, issues, concerns, and culture.
- To address group facilitation approaches.
- To explain the foundations and philosophies of an ally-building program.
Safe Zone Facilitator: Robert Koob
Advanced Safe Zone Tracks
Trans* Identities & Lives
Trans* Identities & Lives is our first Advanced Safe Zone Track. Once you attend Safe Zone, you become eligible for our Advanced Tracks. Trans* Identities & Lives is a 2 hour workshop that explores gender and trans* issues from a broad perspective. We learn about language, concepts, development, and more.
- To improve awareness, knowledge, and skills for trans* and gender related issues on the URI campus
- To improve campus climate for trans*, gender non-conforming, and genderqueer people at URI
- To provide a visible network of allies for the trans*, gender non-conforming, and genderqueer community at URI
Trans* Identities & Lives Facilitator: Robert Koob
Race and Ethnicity
Race and Ethnicity is our second Advanced Safe Zone Workshop. Once you attend Safe Zone, you become eligible to attend the Race and Ethnicity workshop. Race and Ethnicity is a 2 hour workshop that focuses on exploring identity, social group membership, privilege, oppression, and intersections of race, ethnicity, sexuality, and gender.
- To understand the basic concepts surrounding identity, privilege, oppression, and intersectionality.
- To explore one own’s identity characteristics and how those impact interactions with others.
- To delineate the distinctions and interactions between race, ethnicity, sexuality, and gender.
Race and Ethnicity Facilitator: Dr. Annie Russell
Spirituality and Religion
Spirituality and Religion is our third Advanced Safe Zone Workshop. Once you attend Safe Zone, you become eligible to attend the Spirituality and Religion workshop. Spirituality and Religion is a 2 hour workshop that focuses on exploring identity, social group membership, privilege, oppression, and intersections of spirituality, religion, sexuality, and gender.
Fluid and Non-Binary Identities
Fluid and Non-Binary Identities is our fourth Advanced Safe Zone Workshop. Once you attend Safe Zone, you become eligible to attend the Spirituality and Religion workshop. Fluid & Non-Binary Identities is a 2-hour workshop that explores fluidity and non-binary perspectives through the lenses of history, biological sex, gender, and sexuality.