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.

To request a SafeZone Ally Training Workshop, please complete a Sycamore SafeZone Ally Training Request Form

Spring 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 Sycamore SafeZone Ally Training Request Form.

If you have any questions, please email Radasia Blaylock . Otherwise, please try to attend any of the Level 1 sessions offered in February and March as listed>

All workshops will be held in HMSU 722

  • 5th 4-6pm (Level 1)
  • 6th 5-7pm (Level 1)
  • 19th 4-6pm (Level 2)
  • 20th 5-7pm (Level 2)
  • 5th 4-6pm (Level 1)
  • 6th 5-7pm (Level 2)
  • 19th 4-6pm (Level 2)
  • 20th 5-7pm (Level 2)
  • 2nd 4-6pm (All Level 3)
  • 3rd 5-7pm
  • 16th 4-6pm
  • 17th 5-7pm

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

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Hulman Memorial Student Union

7th Floor
Indiana State University
Terre Haute, IN 47809

Phone: 812-237-2877
Fax: 812-237-8774

Office Hours
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Resource Center Hours
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM