The LGBT Center and in-person programs are temporarily closed due to the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic. All listed Safe Zone trainings will be held online via Zoom until further notice.
Standard Safe Zone
The Standard Safe Zone is a four-hour training is designed to introduce concepts, terminology and resources related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. There is a short intermission about half way through. Safe Zone trainees develop:
- A deeper awareness of personal ideas, stereotypes, and assumptions related to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and asexual (LGBTIQA) individuals
- An increased comfort level in addressing concepts and language regarding LGBTIQA communities with the university community and with individuals
- An increased awareness of services on campus that support LGBTIQA and allied individuals
- A network of community and campus staff, faculty, and students to support people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions on campus.
Standard Safe Zone is a prerequisite for the two-hour Safe Zone Continuing Education trainings:
- Transgender and Nonbinary
Register for Standard Safe Zone: Summer/Fall 2020
- Monday, June 15th from 12pm-4pm
- Thursday, July 23rd from 10am-2pm
- Tuesday, August 4th from 9am-1pm
- Thursday, September 3rd from 5pm-9pm
- Thursday, September 17th from 10am-2pm
- Monday, October 12th from 5-9pm
- Tuesday, October 20th from 8am-12pm
- Monday, November 16th from 12pm-4pm
Health Care Safe Zone
Health Care Safe Zone is a four-hour alternative to Standard Safe Zone that similarly introduces concepts, terminology and resources related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.The curriculum also covers LGBTQ health disparities, health resources, and common health professional scenarios, along with a terminology primer and strategies for allyship. This training is intended to address concerns particular to Health Care professionals, though it is open to all campus and community members.
Register for Health Care Safe Zone: Summer/Fall 2020
- Monday, June 8th from 12pm - 4pm
- Friday, July 24th from 10:am - 2pm
- Monday, September 21st from 12pm-4pm
- Thursday, October 15th from 1pm-5pm
- Tuesday, November 10th from 5-9pm
Safe Zone Continuing Education
Continuing Education trainings are meant to deepen knowledge around specific aspects of LGBTIQA+ identity. To attend, one must have completed either Standard Safe Zone or Health Care Safe Zone.
Transgender and Nonbinary
Safe Zone - Transgender and Nonbinary (formerly Gender Identity and Gender Expression) is a two-hour training designed to make the University community a safer and more supportive place for all Carolina students, faculty, and staff members by creating a network of allies who have basic knowledge about transgender and nonbinary communities.
Register for Safe Zone - Transgender and Nonbinary: Summer 2020
Safe Zone - Intersex (formerly Gender Identity and Gender Expression) is a two-hour training designed to make the University community a safer and more supportive place for all Carolina students, faculty, and staff members by creating a network of allies who have basic knowledge about intersex communities. Standard Safe Zone training is a prerequisite for this training.
Register for Safe Zone - Intersex: Summer/Fall 2020
- Friday, June 12th from 10am-12pm
- Tuesday, September 8th from 2pm-4pm
- Wednesday, October 28th from 10am-12pm
For Standard Safe Zone
The UNC-CH LGBTQ Center offers over 30 Safe Zone trainings per year across campus and in the local community. We meet this demand with the help of Volunteer Facilitators.
Safe Zone Facilitator Training is a four-hour training that covers best practices for facilitating group discussions, presenting information, and dealing with difficult questions and topics. There is no expectation to how many trainings facilitators help with. Some of our facilitators are only available to help with one training a year, while others are involved in 3-4 trainings a semester.
Prerequisites for Standard Facilitator Training:
- Status as current UNC-CH undergraduate/graduate/professional student, postdoc, staff, or faculty
- Completion of Safe Zone training (4-hour foundational training)
- Completion of OR current registration for Safe Zone Gender Identity/Gender Expression training or Safe Zone Transgender and Nonbinary training (2-hour training)
Contact April Callis, Ph.D. with questions about this training.
Register for Standard Safe Zone Facilitator Training: next date TBD
For Health Care Safe Zone
The UNC-CH LGBTQ Center offers over 30 Standard Safe Zone trainings per year across campus and in the local community. We meet this demand with the help of Volunteer Facilitators. Recently, the Center is facing increasing requests to provide Safe Zones for health care professionals. In response to this need, we have created a Health Care Safe Zone, with a curriculum that covers LGBTQ health disparities, health resources, and common health professional scenarios, along with a terminology primer and strategies for allyship. We are looking for individuals knowledgeable on health care to join our Health Care Facilitation Team.
There is no expectation to how many trainings facilitators help with. Some of our facilitators are only available to help with one training a year, while others are able to facilitate 5-6 trainings. We appreciate any level of commitment!
Prerequisites for Health Care Facilitator Training:
- Status as an employee or student within UNC or the UNC Health Care system.
- Completion of Standard Safe Zone training (4-hour foundational training).
Please contact April Callis with questions about this training at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register for Health Care Safe Zone Facilitator Training: next date TBD
Requesting Safe Zone Trainings
On-Campus or Carolina-Affiliated
If you are interested in having a Safe Zone training for your department, organization or group please contact us at least two months in advance to request a training. We ask that hosting departments and groups commit to the following:
Guarantee at least 25 participants. (People usually invite nearby offices or groups with similar purposes, if necessary.)
- Handle publicity, registration, and participant reminders.
- Attend a planning meeting with LGBTQ Center staff before scheduling the training. Meeting should run no longer than 30 minutes and can be in-person or via phone.
- Reserve space and notify Center staff of the location and room amenities, such as computer, projector, speakers, etc as early as possible.
Contact April Callis, Ph.D. learn more, or to schedule a Safe Zone training.
We offer trainings to non UNC affiliated organizations. There is a fee of $1000 ($250 per hour) for organizations not affiliated with UNC, plus travel expenses for locations over 30 miles from UNC-CH.
Frequently Asked Questions
It is important that you arrive promptly. Registrants who are more than 15 minutes late will have missed important information and will not be permitted to attend.
Attendees are expected to stay for the entire training. Leaving a training early may result in losing eligibility to receive a Safe Zone placard. Those who typically leave campus earlier in the day are encouraged to sign up for our 9am and 10am trainings.
Yes, accommodations for attendees who are breastfeeding/chestfeeding can be made in advance with LGBTQ Center staff or facilitators. It is recommended to schedule a break around the existing break in the training, if possible. Please contact us to make individual arrangements, preferably at least one week in advance.