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Safe Zone educates JMU faculty, staff, and students about issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and questioning individuals (LGBTQIQ) and their loved ones.

ARE YOU IN THE ZONE?

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Join the Safe Zone Family


Become a Safe Zone member, and help us make a difference on JMU’s campus.

When you're ready to join, check out the membership workshops. They're offered at the beginning of each semester.

Safe Zone JMU was proposed in the 1996-97 academic year and became operational the following year. It was initially funded by grants from the Commission on Community ($500) and the Shenandoah Valley Gay and Lesbian Alliance ($250). Safe Zone offers:
 

• Individuals interested in learning more about the Safe Zone program attend a workshop - 2 or 3 are offered every semester. [The session is required if one wishes to participate in the program.]

• Individuals sign a "contract" for confidentiality purposes when they decide to become a participant in Safe Zone and they're given a Safe Zone sticker to place at their work station or on their door.

• Currently there are over 300 participants consisting of faculty, staff, and students.

Three Coordinators in conjunction with a Madison Equality student representative coordinate and supervise the training sessions, events, and the listserv.

• Additional resources, information, updates, and requests are available on the Safe Zone website and are distributed on the closed Safe Zone listserv maintained by one of the coordinators.

Members of the JMU community who participate in the Safe Zone Program: 
  1. Believe that our campus is enriched by the diversity of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex people.
  2. Are aware of the presence of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex students and colleagues and are willing to engage them in genuine dialogue and interaction.
  3. Are willing to discuss issues impacting gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex people's lives in a nonjudgmental manner.
  4. Are willing to assist individuals in accessing support and information resources on campus and in the community.
  5. Pledge to maintain confidentiality.
  6. Comfortably use inclusive language, avoiding stereotyping, and do not assume gender binaries or heterosexuality.