K-State wants to provide a safe and equitable environment for every member of our community: students, faculty, staff, and administration.
The purpose of the Safe Zone program is to provide campus "safe zones" where students can safely go for support and assistance. By placing the Safe Zone symbol on their office door, desk, or backpack, Safe Zone allies signify that their space is a safe place for students who have been affected by any type of issue (examples: GLBT issues, hateful acts, sexual violence, veterans transition to college, disability, etc.).
What is a Safe Zone Ally?
A SafeZone Ally strives to:
- Be an active listener
- Be open-minded
- Be willing to talk
- Foster an understanding of underrepresented groups
- Recognize their personal boundaries
- Believe all persons regardless of age, sex, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression should be treated with dignity and respect
- Recognize when to refer an individual to additional resources
- Confront their own prejudices
- Be responsible for empowering their role in a community
- Commit themselves to personal growth in spite of the discomfort it may sometimes cause
An Ally is Not:
- Expected to be an expert on all issues
- Necessarily a counselor, nor are they necessarily trained to deal with crisis situations
- Expected to proceed with an interaction if levels of comfort or personal safety have been violated
Who Can Participate?
The Safe Zone program is open to anyone who wishes to increase their knowledge about local resources and current issues and trends relevant to the K-State Community. Although becoming an ally is encouraged, being an ally is not necessary to attend any Introductory or Topic Specific Trainings. All Safe Zone events and free and open to the public for the education of our community.