Safe Zone Program

We are proud to provide Safe Zone trainings for the Johns Hopkins community.

Sign up to attend a Safe Zone by filling out the form!

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Training Overview

Safe Zone training lasts 3 hours, and is suitable for students, staff, and faculty. It will help you become a better ally for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community. At the end of the training, participants are given a colorful Safe Zone logo in order to visibly demonstrate their support for the LGBTQ community. We hope you will join us!

  1. Introductions
  2. Understanding Sexual Orientation
  3. Understanding Sex, Gender Expression, and Gender Identity
  4. Being an Ally
  5. Scenario Discussion
  6. Resources and Conclusion

The Safe Zone mission is to promote an environment where the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community and their allies flourish intellectually, socially, and emotionally. Towards this end, we envision the program as a visible network of allies who support each other and support individual LGBTQ people. We hope to build a climate where everyone feels safe and accepted.

Johns Hopkins affirms our commitment to a diverse and inclusive community in many ways, including having sexual orientation and gender identity/expression in our non-discrimination policy. The Safe Zone program invites everyone to create a safer and more supportive campus climate for sexual and gender minorities and their allies. The Safe Zone program is housed with LGBTQ Life. It was established in 2012 as a collaborative training effort engaging students, staff, and faculty across all departments and offices at Hopkins.

More Safe Zone Information

  • Since 2013, over 2,500 members of the Johns Hopkins community have participated in Safe Zone trainings. Look for the rainbow signs everywhere you go!
  • Some of our participants have elected to add their name to our online ally directory, in order to serve as resources for others.
  • You’re invited to support the program by becoming a facilitator yourself!
  • We are committed to making the trainings available to any members of the Hopkins community who wish to participate. Please email us to request any accommodations so that you can fully participate in the training.
  • Have more questions? Check out our frequently asked questions page!

Hosting a Safe Zone Training

For Johns Hopkins University affiliates, we are happy to schedule trainings by request. We have a few requirements for you as a host.

  • Your group should consist of at least 10 people but no more than 35.
  • We ask you to reserve a room that is appropriate for your group. We do not need technology, but we need access to a dry erase board/chalk board or white easel paper. We prefer to set up the room a circle, whether that is board-room style, hollow square, or desks into a circle.
  • You are welcome to strongly encourage your group to attend, but please do not make it mandatory without speaking to our team first. Safe Zone training is most effective with willing participants.
  • Safe Zone training is free to you, but if you are located somewhere other than the Homewood campus, we ask you to reimburse our team for parking at your site.

Please fill out the sign up form or email us to discuss details. Thanks for your interest in the program!