The purpose of Safe Zone is to create a safe, inclusive and positive educational environment for the entire WNCC community, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
What is Safe Zone?
Safe Zone is a voluntary program designed to reduce prejudice and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression at Western Nebraska Community College (WNCC), as well as create a safe and affirming environment for higher education of all students. Participants in the program display a Safe Zone symbol (for example, on an office door) to show support and understanding of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) community, creating safe places where bigotry and discrimination will not be tolerated.
Why do we have Safe Zone?
WNCC and its surrounding community are proud of their culturally diverse population and support cultural diversity in every way possible. Safe Zone is a subtle but important way to show that all sexual orientations and gender presentations are part of our culture and are acknowledged and supported.
What does it mean if I see a Safe Zone symbol displayed?
The Safe Zone symbol provides a message to members of the LGBT community (including students, faculty, and staff) that the person displaying the symbol is a person who has completed the Safe Zone training, has decided to be an active and visible ally, can be trusted to maintain confidentiality, and will respond to the individual with understanding, support, and empathy. If a LGBT individual wants help, advice, or just someone with whom they can talk, they can expect to be met with openness and respect in areas displaying the Safe Zone symbol.
Who can be a member of Safe Zone?
Anyone who is interested and willing to be an ally can join: faculty, students, administration and support staff and community members.
Do I have to be gay to join Safe Zone?
Displaying the Safe Zone symbol does NOT mean that you are LGBT, or that you will participate in any LGBT-related activities.
How do I join Safe Zone?
To become a member of WNCCs Safe Zone program, you complete an online training session lasting about 2 hours (available whenever you want to take it), and then attend one brief (30-45 minute) live follow-up meeting with current Safe Zone members. This training will provide each member with the tools necessary to be an effective LGBT ally. Click here for more details.
Where can I learn more about LGBT issues and find additional LGBT resources?
Please visit our blogspot webpage and then select "Additional Safe Zone / GLBT resources."