Safe Zone Program
Safe Zone Training Level I – Tuesday, October 17 from 2:00-4:00 PM (CMU 205)
Safe Zone Training Level II – Tuesday, April 10 from 2:00-4:00 PM (CMU 205)
Register now on the Rainbow Dragon Center DragonCentral page. The program is open to MSUM staff, faculty, and administrators.
Our Level I Safe Zone Training serves as an introduction to LGBTQ+ identities, experiences, and issues, providing a foundation of knowledge and skills for participants to become qualified Safe Zone Contacts at MSUM. Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to sign a Safe Zone Contract and receive a Safe Zone Sticker for their office showing that they are a resource for LGBTQ+ students at MSUM. Topics covered include: LGBTQ+ definitions, privilege, heteronormativity, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, coming out for different groups, how to be an ally, campus and community resources, and real life examples to apply your knowledge. Facilitated by Olivia Matthews (Coordinator, Office of Diversity and Inclusion & Rainbow Dragon Center), Dana Bisignani (Coordinator, Women’s Center), James Weinzirl (Graduate Assistant, Rainbow Dragon Center). Space is limited and registration is required.
Our Level II Safe Zone Training offers an in-depth discussion of transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual identities and experiences. This training also provides information on identity development, intimate partner violence, quotes from students about what is great about being LGBTQ+, campus and community resources, and an opportunity to apply knowledge learned to real life scenarios. This training is facilitated by Faye Seidler (local trans activist), Olivia Matthews (Coordinator, Office of Diversity and Inclusion & Rainbow Dragon Center), Dana Bisignani (Coordinator, Women’s Center), and James Weinzirl (Graduate Assistant, Rainbow Dragon Center). Upon completion of this training, participants will receive a certificate of completion for the Safe Zone Program.
Questions? Contact Olivia Matthews by email at Olivia.Matthews@mnstate.edu or by phone at 218-477-2476. Paper copies of the registration form are available by request.