The BMCC Safe Zone program is geared towards providing support to members of the BMCC lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community and towards helping to create a more inclusive environment here at BMCC. The BMCC Safe Zone program is comprised of faculty and staff volunteers who are committed to being allies and a source of support and information to individuals regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
The Safe Zone program is aimed at promoting tolerance and addressing the needs and concerns of individuals that identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, as well as the concerns of the ally campus community. It is a mode of outreach to LGBTQ students to make them feel welcome in all areas of the college.
What are Safe Zones?
Safe Zones are areas on campus where supportive individuals will provide information and work toward the elimination of myths, misconceptions, and stereotypes of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals while honoring the diversity of all students. It is a conceptual space in which these individuals can openly discuss personal issues with trained volunteers.
Who are Safe Zone Allies?
Safe Zone Allies are faculty and staff members who have volunteered to provide support and information to our LGBTQ students. Allies must attend a two hour training course and must agree to follow program guidelines. They will work in collaboration with existing resources on and off campus.
What is in the Ally training?
The training provides allies with a comprehensive overview of Safe Zone programs to help them gain a better understanding of personal biases, the importance of common language, setting boundaries and what is safe.
How can I sign up for a Safe Zone Ally training?
Safe Zone trainings are held once a semester. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 220-8120 if you are interested in training to become a Safe Zone Ally.
What is the Safe Zone symbol?
The “Safe Zone” symbol serves as a message to LGBTQ students and colleagues to represent understanding, support, and trustworthiness. One who wears the symbol is an individual to whom an LGBTQ person may go if she or he needs help, advice, or just someone with whom to talk. The sticker with the Safe Zone symbol identifies the space and the person as being free from prejudice, oppression, and discrimination so that students can feel “safe” to approach them regarding diversity issues.