Safe Zone Allies
Safe Zone trainings are provided for students, faculty, and staff who are interested in learning about and demonstrating support for the presence of a culturally diverse campus that embraces underrepresented groups. The training provides a special emphasis on the LGBTQIA+ community.
Safe Zone Goals
- To establish a university-wide network of identifiable allies who can provide support, information, and assistance to those who are coping with hardships, especially those who identify as sexual or gender minorities.
- To educate members of the Cal Lutheran community about the needs of LGBTQIA individuals and groups who tend to receive less public support.
- To foster an atmosphere of support for the academic, personal, social, and professional success of all students, regardless of their cultural identities.
- To advance the university’s progress toward a campus climate free of discrimination, oppression, and harassment. This is also in-line with the University's current strategic goal of Inclusion.
What is an Ally?
An ally works to end oppression and discrimination through support and advocacy by:
- Educating themselves and others about their own privileges and biases.
- Staying committed and active in creating equality.
- Acting as a “safe person” for members of underrepresented groups.
- Creating and promoting inclusive and welcoming environments.
- Working to confront negative attitudes and unequal treatment of people based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, race, class, ability, age, spirituality, and other personal or cultural characteristics.
- Modeling self-awareness in their behaviors and attitudes.
- Expressing self-compassion and compassion toward others.
Safe Zone Allies at Cal Lutheran
Interested in Becoming a Safe Zone Ally?
CAPS holds annual Safe Zone trainings for students, faculty, and staff. Trainings are typically scheduled during fall semesters.
If you have a group of 10-22 individuals interested in becoming Safe Zone Allies, please contact us at (805) 493-3727.