Become an Ally
Participation is strictly voluntary. After completion of the training session, allies will receive a copy of the manual (either an electric or hard copy), a Safe Zone placard to post and will be able to add their names to the list of "Certified Safe Zone Allies".
Safe Zone Training and Ally Certification is available to all Stetson University staff, faculty and student allies.
What is the level of involvement required of participants?
Stetson University has implemented a two-prong model that fosters continuous dialogue around LGBTQIA issues and intersections of identities, provides opportunities that lead to a more informed ally, and allows current allies to stay abreast of new trends and research.
Safe Zone Training
Safe Zone training consists of a two hour course that covers basic knowledge. At completion, participants receive a Safe Zone contract and placard.
Training focuses on the role of the ally during the coming-out process, resources on campus and in the community and terminology and best practices. Participants will be able to place a Safe Zone placard on their door that identifies them as someone that is willing to listen and to help identify resources.
Safe Zone Certified Ally
Safe Zone Certified Allies receive the Safe Zone training course plus supplemental (optional) breakout workshops. At completion, participants receive a Safe Zone contract and placard and are placed on the Certified Safe Zone Ally list.
This option involves identifying workshops/sessions that cover controversial topics and other informational topics that lead to a more informed ally. Participants are offered four-six sessions of which they pick the two or three that they find most beneficial.
Note: Students must write a one page reflection after each session to qualify for Ally Certification.
Refresher courses are highly encouraged for anyone that has completed safe Zone training in the last three years or more. Safe Zone-certified allies are encouraged to stay active throughout their careers or academic journeys at Stetson University by participating in one workshop per semester every year and supporting LGBTQIA events as often as possible.
Train the Trainer Opportunities
The Safe Zone task force is currently working on a Train-the-Trainer module. More information will be released in the future. Please stay tuned!