Programs & Special Events

The Office of Gender and Sexuality provides programs and special events to explore, organize, and learn about issues of gender and sexuality. These may in partnership with outside groups or as collaboration with campus organizations. One of these programs, Safe Zone, is based within our office.

Rose Troyer and Jeremy Torres lead a Safe Zone session

What is Safe Zone?

Safe Zone is a campus-wide program designed to educate students, faculty, and staff on LGBTQ identities and experiences. During a Safe Zone workshop, participants will learn language that relates to the LGBTQ community, identify some of the issues facing LGBTQ individuals on campus, and develop skills for being an ally to LGBTQ people.

After completing Safe Zone, participants will be able to…

  1. Define key terms and concepts pertaining to gender and sexuality.
  2. Identify basic strategies for being an ally to the LGBTQ+ community.
  3. Find resources available to LGBTQ+ communities and allies at Denison University.


In addition to basic Safe Zone Training, The Office of Gender & Sexuality will offer additional workshops and training that will allow participants to go deeper into select topics (transgender issues, LGBTQ in the classroom, etc.).


Safe Zone Network


Following completion of the introductory Safe Zone workshop, participants are invited to be a part of the Safe Zone Network – a visible network of students, faculty, and staff who have taken the Safe Zone workshop and are committed to implementing the knowledge they gained in building a more inclusive campus community. These individuals can be identified by a Safe Zone postcard or sticker on their door and/or laptop.

With Safe Zone certified individuals found across campus, members of our LGBTQ community will see a visible network of support and feel reassurance that the experiences they are having are not compromised by their identity.

Get Involved

If you’re a student, staff or faculty member interested in becoming a Safe Zone facilitator, please contact us at safezone@denison.edu for more information.


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