Your Role as a Safe Zone Member
VISIBILITY. Many Truman students are questioning their sexual or gender identity or struggling with coming out issues that affect their social and academic lives. Safe Zone helps to easily identify individuals who are safe and informed about LGBTQ issues. These individuals provide support, information, and resources. Even if a student never talks to you directly about their sexual or gender identity, just seeing that you have a Safe Zone sign can help create an environment of support and openness.
After you have finished the workshop, we encourage you to post your Safe Zone sign in a visible area that clearly identifies you as the owner (not in a shared space that could potentially include non-Safe Zone members). Once you identify yourself as a Safe Zone member you are expected to provide support, resources and referrals to individuals who choose to approach you. You are also expected to respect the individual’s privacy.
Safe Zone is not meant to be a support group or replace therapy. In situations where you think a student may need to speak to a professional, please refer the student to University Counseling Services. Your role is not to handle emotionally unstable students or potentially dangerous situations on your own. Feel free to consult with a counselor at University Counseling Services (660-785-4014) if you are unsure how to handle a situation.