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!


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.

Other Things to Know about Safe Zone

  • Since 2013, over 2,300 members of the Johns Hopkins community have participated in Safe Zone trainings. Look out for the rainbow signs everywhere you go!
  • We schedule trainings by request for your office, department, or group of 8 – 30. Please fill out the sign up form or email us to discuss details.
  • 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!