Eastern Oregon University SAFE Zone Program

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The EOU SAFE Zone program is a network of allies composed of students, faculty and staff who are committed and trained to provide safe, non-judgmental, and supportive contacts for all EOU community members who identifyas gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or transgender.

You can identify SAFE Zone trained people on the EOU campus by the upside-down rainbow triangle sticker, which is displayed on their office door or workplace. One of the roles of an ally is to help to create an atmosphere of safety and support for LGBTQ students and staff. We highly encourage entire offices/departments to go through the training, so that their department/area is a designated “safe space. “The EOU SAFE Zone program is a network of allies composed of students, faculty and staff who are committed and trained to provide safe, non-judgmental, and supportive contacts for all EOU community members who identify as gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or transgender.

If you would like to become a certified SAFE Zone ally to the LGBTQ community, we will be posting training dates each term. You can also contact the Multicultural Center at (541) 962-3741 or email mccenter@eou.edu for more information.

EOU Ally Information

Allies are some of the most effective and powerful voices for LGBT students. They help people in the coming-out process as well as help others understand the importance of equality, fairness, acceptance and mutual respect for all people. This page provides resources for allies to continue to gain knowledge in becoming effective advocates, supporters and friends.

10 Ways to Be an Ally & a Friend

  • Be a listener.
  • Be open-minded.
  • Be willing to talk.
  • Educate yourself.
  • Support Your LGBT friends and family members.
  • Be inclusive and invite LGBT friends to hang out with your friends and family.
  • Don’t assume that all your friends and co-workers are straight. Someone close to you could be looking for support in their coming-out process. Not making assumptions will give them the space they need.
  • Challenge oppressive comments and behaviors. Homophobic comments and jokes are harmful. Let your friends, family and co-workers know that you find them offensive.
  • Confront your own prejudices and homophobia, even if it is uncomfortable to do so.
  • Defend your LGBT friends against discrimination.
  • Believe that all people, regardless of gender identity and sexual orientation, should be treated with dignity and respect.

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Upcoming SAFE Zone Events

The next  Safe Zone Training will happen on Fall Term, October 2016. If you are interested in participating please complete the registration form.

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To register please click the button below and submit our online form.

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