Amy White facilitates Safe Zone Training

Amy White facilitates Safe Zone training

Photo courtesy of: Ohio University Zanesville

Safe Zone training at Zanesville Campus

Safe Zone Training at the Zanesville Campus

Photo courtesy of: Ohio University Zanesville

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Professor conducts Safe Zone training at Zanesville Campus


Amy White, associate professor of philosophy at the Zanesville Campus, in collaboration with the Southeastern Coalition and the Ohio University LGBT Center recently facilitated Safe Zone training at the Zanesville Campus. 

Community member, Will Burkhart, attended to learn what actions are being taken and how to get involved in creating a safer, more civil community for all individuals. “This training will provide me with better techniques for those who are outside LGBT to allow them a better understanding of us as undividable,” Burkhart said.

Safe Zone Training is a program that provides tools to create a safer, more civil community for all individuals, particularly our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) members and students. The core of the program has been designed to increase visibility and knowledge for LGBT people and concerns, increase support and understanding of civility and respectful interactions and enhance safe spaces for LGBT people.

“I attended to learn more about the people and the issues, basically to educate myself on this topic,” said Megan Smith of the Southeast Ohio LGBTQ+ Center. “I hope to enable myself to address these issues to a larger audience.”

After the training session, the 15 participants received resource materials and a Safe Zone card to indicate they have been through the training. The Safe Zone card is a message to LGBT individuals that the person posting it is understanding, supportive, and a trustworthy individual. LGBT individuals will know they can come to these allies for help, advice, or just to talk to someone who is supportive of their sexual orientation and gender identity. The symbol also means that homophobic and heterosexist comments and actions will not be tolerated but will be addressed in an educational and informative manner.

“Safe Zone training is important in at least two respects,” explained White. “First, it helps the LGBT+ community to identify those who have made the effort to attend training as a save place. Secondly, it provides vital education to the community concerning the issues facing the LGBT+ community.” 

Karis French, an OHIO student who attended shared, “I wanted to educate myself about the LGBTQ community and how to provide a safe zone. The information and resources I learned will help further the LGBT needs in my community.”

Anyone may be called upon to provide support and encouragement to a member of a minority group who may face discrimination and bullying by classmates and others are encouraged to attend this training. Dedication to the growth and development of students, young and old, should transcend any personal or religious beliefs and providing a Safe Zone can go a long way in making a difference.

To learn more about Safe Zone, contact Amy White at whitea@ohio.edu.