The purpose of the Safe Zone program is to provide safe spaces on campus that are highly visible and easily identifiable to all people as spaces where support and understanding are key and where bigotry and discrimination are not tolerated. By placing the Safe Zone symbol on their door, Safe Zone volunteers signify that within their space all people will be treated with respect regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, class, religion, age or ability.
Each semester members of the Villanova Community (faculty, students and staff) are invited to apply to become a Safe Zone volunteer. Selected applicants attend a 90 minute training session, which is offered each semester. Once trained, the Safe Zone volunteer displays the Safe Zone logo to create a safe space for conversations about difference. Safe Zones are especially for those who may not be feeling comfortable having such discussions because of a discriminatory remark made in their presence.
Though volunteers are generally selected by invitation, anyone interested in becoming a Safe Zone volunteer may contact Teri O'Brien, in the Office of Student Life.
NEXT SAFE ZONE TRAINING SESSION WILL BE HELD ---
Early Spring 2014 Semester
● to become resources
● to commit to personal growth in spite of the discomfort of a situation
● to recognize his or her own prejudices
● to join others with the common purpose of developing a culture at Villanova and elsewhere that is free of homophobia, racism, hate, discrimination
● to believe that all people should be treated with dignity and respect regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, class, religion, age or ability