Sycamore Safe Zone

Sycamore SafeZone (SSZ) is an ally development program created to establish a campus that is safe and affirming for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students, faculty and staff.

The Sycamore SafeZone program aims to build a visible network of support for LGBTQ individuals and their allies by providing an avenue through which any member of the Indiana State community can show their support. The program also provides an educational experience through a SafeZone Seminar. The Safe Zone seminar is a training experience that encourages the exploration of personal and cultural identities, privilege, and what it means to be an Ally.

The SSZ program encourages student, faculty, and staff to explore cultural identity, values, and stereotypes in order to better understand how these issues impact the university, Terre Haute, and LGBTQ communities.

Beginning Level 1 - Safe Zone 101 – This training is designed to introduce participants to the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) individuals. Safe Zone 101 will introduce terminology, pronouns, language, symbols related to sexual orientation and gender identity. This level of training is required for those that have not attended a previous Safe Zone training. It is a prerequisite for Levels 2 and 3 workshops.L

Intermediate Level 2 - Sycamore Ally - This level of training is designed to provide participants with information that will help them become better informed allies for the LGBTQ community. Participants must have completed a Safe Zone workshop at ISU or another college or university within the last year. This level will begin the discussion of historic and current issues facing LGBTQ communities, address bullying, homophobia and heterosexism, and dispel myths and misunderstandings about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and other identities and identities and communities. Level 1 is a prerequisite.

Advanced Level 3 - Sycamore Advocates - Advanced Safe Zone trainings are designed for participants who have completed Safe Zone 101 and Sycamore Ally portions of Safe Zone. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of specific target topics and identities while focusing on sexual orientation vs. gender identity, coming out process, race, religion, identity development models, and cisgender privilege. The purpose of these workshops is to allow participants to discus and think critically on how our university can continue to be a safe space for the LGBTQ community and what participants can do to become stronger allies and advocates. Levels 1 & 2 are prerequisites.

Sycamore SafeZone Workshop Dates

You will be invited to Level 2 training. In order to attend Levels 2 and 3, you must first complete Level 1 training. If you would like to schedule a group SafeZone training workshop, please complete a Workshop Request

If you have any questions, please email Radasia Blaylock

All workshops will be held in HMSU 722

Upcoming Workshop Dates 

Sycamore SafeZone
Fall 2018
September 2018
September 24, 2018 4-6pm Level 1
September 25, 2018 5-7pm Level 1,
 October 2018
October 22, 2018 4-6pm Level 1
October 23, 2018 5-7pm Level 1
November 2018
November 5, 2018 4-6pm Level 1
November 6, 2018 5-7pm Level 1
November 26, 2018 4-6 Level 2,
November 27, 2018 5-7 Level 2

Spring 2019
February 2019
February 11, 2019 4-6pm Level 1
February 12, 2019 5-7pm Level 1
February 18, 2019 4-6pm Level 2
February 19, 2019 5-7pm Level 2
March 2019
March 4, 2019 4-6pm Level 2
March 5, 2019 5-7pm Level 2
March 18, 2019 4-6pm Level 2
March 19, 2019 4-pm Level 2
April 2019
April 1, 2019 4-6pm Level 3
April 2, 2019 5-7pm Level 3
April 22, 2019 4-6pm Level 3
April 23, 2019 5-7pm Level 3

Facilitator Training Only – Not Open to Participants
April 29, 2019 4-6pm Facilitator Training
April 30, 2019 5-7pm Facilitator Training

Please go to register for a workshop. This will help us ensure that there is adequate spacing for everyone.

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