Office of Diversity Programming

Safe Zone

Safe Zone graphic

The Safe Zone program trains faculty and staff to provide support and resources for those seeking a safe place to talk and get information regarding LGBT issues they are confronting or discrimination they have faced. Currently more than 120 members of the FLC community are trained allies. Look for Safe Zone Ally cards and stickers in offices all around campus.

The Safe Zone Program was initiated in the winter semester of 2011 in response to sexual orientation hate speech discovered on campus, particularly during fall 2010.  Fort Lewis College aligns with protecting and supporting all of its members, with the equal opportunity policy clearly indicating that the college “does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political beliefs, or veteran status.”

The initial coordinating committee was made up of Dr. Michael T. Martin, Dr. Keri Brandt, Dr. Barth Cox, Mr. Marc Goldfarb, and Ms. Laura Latimer They created a manual and designed the initial workshops.  We are all grateful for their hard work on the part of our entire community.