The IWU Safe Zone Program creates an opportunity for Illinois Wesleyan community members to reduce homophobia and heterosexism on campus. IWU Safe Zone empowers students, faculty, and staff members to serve as resources for members of the campus community who are interested in becoming more knowledgeable about sexual orientation and gender identity. IWU Safe Zone also provides LGBQA TGNC students and employees with easily identifiable and supportive spaces to feel comfortable and safe in a confidential environment.
Safe Zone certification requires completion of an online course and attendance to one, 2-hour introductory workshops. The workshop explores lesbian, gay and bisexual identity, culture, gender, gender identity and the experiences of transgender people. Workshops are scheduled for 2 hours, and participants must complete the entire session for it to count towards certification. Additional Safe Zone Xtra workshops continue to expand the knowledge of Safe Zone members by providing additional topics that intersect with LGBQA TGNC identities. It is expected that Safe Zone members will attend at least one Safe Zone Workshop in each academic year to maintain certification.
Safe Zone members are added to an email list. Information distributed through the Safe Zone mailing list includes: announcements about campus diversity events and programming; invitations to participate in Safe Zone events and workshops; educational materials; and local, state and national news that pertains to LGBQA TGNC culture and people. Safe Zone emails are sent out regularly throughout the academic year.