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Safe Zone: NYU's Ally Program

Safe Zone is a campus wide program designed to visibly identify students, staff, and faculty peers who support the LGBTQ population, understand some of the issues facing LGBTQ individuals, and are aware of the various LGBTQ resources. The mandatory three hour training session provides a foundation of knowledge needed to be an effective ally to LGBTQ students and those questioning their sexuality. Campus wide trainings are offered multiple times every semester, but training sessions can be arranged for other groups if requested.


This two (2) or three (3) hour training session provides a foundation of knowledge needed to be an effective ally to LGBTQ students. Individuals who complete this training and then choose to post a Safe Zone card should be comfortable with LGBTQ students approaching them to talk about LGBTQ related issues, or to help students find campus or local resources.


Safe Zone II: Dismantling Heterosexism & Institutional Oppression

Heterosexism is a term that applies to attitudes, bias and discrimination in favor of opposite-sex sexuality and relationships. It includes the presumption that everyone is heterosexual or that opposite-sex attractions and relationships are the norm and therefore superior. It is the belief that everyone is or should be straight.

This safezone training will build on concepts covered in Safe Zone I. The Dismantling Heterosexism and Institutional Oppression module provides concrete examples of heterosexism; identifies how it manifests on individual, cultural and institutional levels; and provides participants with tools and strategies for challenging heterosexist practices and behavior on all of these levels.

** This training is open to all students and staff that have completed a Safe Zone I training within the last THREE years.


Summer and Fall 2015 Safe Zone Open Trainings:

To Register for an Safe Zone open training, please click here to complete the survey.

Summer Safe Zone I:
Friday, July 17th | 1:30pm - 4:00pm

Fall Safe Zone I:

Friday, September 25th | 9:45am - 1:00pm
Friday, October 23rd | 11:45am - 3:00pm
Friday, November 6th | 9:45am - 1:00pm

Friday, December 4th | 11:45am - 3:00pm


Safe Zone II:  

Friday, November 20th | 1:45pm - 5:00pm


To Request a SafeZone I: NYU LGBTQ 101 training for STUDENT groups please click here and fill out the request form!

To Request a SafeZone I: NYU LGBTQ 101 training for FACULTY AND STAFF groups please click here and fill out the request form!


We look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming Safe Zone I or Safe Zone II trainings! If you have questions regarding the registration form or the Safe Zone program, please do not hesitate to contact us at or at 212.998.4424


"Training of the Trainer"

"Training of the Trainer" is a certification program that is open to future Student Affairs professionals and graduate students devoted to campus social justice education, outreach, and advocacy regarding issues of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. Safe Zone programs are nationally recognized as a means to create a campus community that understands, welcomes, and supports the identity and experience of LGBTQA students. Click here for more information!


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