The Ohio State University at Marion

SafeZone training goal to create a more inclusive campus

Published 3/14/2016

Ohio State's Intercultural Specialist, LGBTQ Student Initiatives, Angie Wellman, recently shared her expertise with faculty, staff, and students at Ohio State Marion, as part of the university's SafeZone project.

The Safe Zone Project is a visual way of combating homophobia, heterosexism and transphobia. Research indicates that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer, (LGBTQ) students find many campus climates to be uninviting or even hostile. In addition, LGBTQ students often have to deal with verbal or physical harassment, both on and off campus property. This hostile environment complicates attempts at fostering student development, both academically and personally. The Multicultural Center's Safe Zone Project is a way for us to reach out proactively to people and provide a safer, more comfortable and open atmosphere for all members of our community.

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