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Safe Zone

As an inclusive campus environment, it is imperative to understand the diverse FIT community. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning and Ally training is integral to the continued inclusion of all groups and fostering a deeper understanding of differences throughout the FIT community.

The Policy Institute of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Campus Climate for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Survey (Rankin, 2003) found that 36% of LGBT respondents had experienced harassment within the past year, with 89% of this harassment being derogatory remarks (79% of which came from fellow students).

To diminish the discrimination of LGBTQ students, many colleges/universities have established “Safe Zone” programs. Approximately 220 colleges throughout the United States (including NYU, Cornell, SUNY Potsdam) have implemented a Safe Zone training program which culminates in public identification of allies by placing a "Safe" symbol, usually incorporating a pink triangle or rainbow, on office doors or within living spaces. The Safe Zone symbol indicates that an ally has been properly trained on LGBTQ issues, terminology, and ways to support those in need. 

The following FIT departments have currently been “Safe Zone” trained:

Dean’s Office
Health Services
Student Life
Residential Life

The Safe Zones program furthers FIT’s strategic goal of “committing to a culture of student centeredness,” by offering additional support and resources to assist students in their life-skill development.

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