Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

Safe Zone for Faculty and Staff

Safe Zone was created several years ago to raise awareness and increase understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ+) individuals in the Purdue Fort Wayne community. Safe Zone also seeks ways to bring its message to the larger Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana community.
Safe Zone workshops invite Purdue Fort Wayne staff and faculty members to explore the history, language and symbols of the LGBTQ+ movement, examine homophobia in its larger social and human rights context and help  colleagues become allies and advocates for their LGBTQ+ co-workers, family, friends and neighbors. 

Safe Zone for Faculty and Staff also collaborates with the Safe Zone for Students  program to offer training programs that help Purdue Fort Wayne students become more sensitive to the challenges facing their LGBTQ classmates and friends, and to become effective allies.

Faculty and staff members who complete both workshops are asked to sign a pledge to be sensitive and nurturing to students struggling with sexual orientation or gender identity issues. Each faculty or staff member who completes the workshops will also receive a Safe Zone door plaque that signals to students that the staff/faculty members who display the plaques are open and accepting to LGBTQ+ students.

"I attended both workshops. And I am happy to report that I had a wonderful opportunity to utilize skills learned in the workshop with a student. It was a remarkable experience for me, and I was so happy to have done the workshop. Although I consider myself in a category of people who understand, embrace and even celebrate the qualities that make us each wonderful and different, I was able to have a better understanding of how to support a student who was in a personal crisis - and to support them effectively - something I would have done differently and probably not as well before taking part in Safe Zone."

-Victoria Ziscke, Assistant Professor of Theatre,

2011 Safe Zone Graduate