Safe Zone Ally Program

The University of South Carolina is committed to creating and maintaining an environment in which diversity is valued and leveraged for excellence.

The Safe Zone Ally Program is a visible network of allies who are committed to creating a community of respect and dignity for LGBT individuals. The Safe Zone Ally Program makes it possible to easily identify individuals who are committed to creating an environment in which all people are free to thrive academically, professionally and personally.

Why are allies needed?

The discrimination of LGBT individuals has caused national concerns for their well-being, especially in educational settings. Campus Pride, the leading national organization for LGBT college students and their Allies, provides the evidence:

  • LGBT staff, faculty, and students reported experiencing harassment (defined as any conduct that has interfered with the ability to work or learn). Almost all identified sexual identity as the basis of the harassment (83%). An even greater percentage of transgender students, faculty, and staff reported experiencing harassment (39%), with 87% identifying their gender identity/expression as the basis for the harassment.
  • 1/3 of LGBT students, faculty, and staff have seriously considered leaving, or have left their institution due to the oppressive campus climate.
  • More than half of all students, faculty, and staff hide their sexual identity (43%) or gender identity (63%) to avoid intimidation.
  • More than one third of all transgender students, faculty, and staff feared for their physical safety. This finding was more salient for transgender people of color.

Therefore, allies are needed because they help to support and foster safe and inclusive environments for individuals who identify as LGBT by fighting against homophobia and heterosexism.

Safe Zone Ally Registry

2013-2014 Safe Zone Ally Database - Download the up to date Ally Registry

Upcoming Safe Zone Ally Workshops

We do not have any Safe Zone workshops remaining for spring 2014. Please contact lgbtusc@mailbox.sc.edu if you have specific needs or concerns. 

These presentations are open to anyone at the University of South Carolina – undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff.

Faculty and staff members may also sign up for a Safe Zone training specifically through the Department of Human Resources. The information for those trainings is below. In order to receive credit through HR, you must attend an HR sponsored training. To register for a Safe Zone Ally Workshop through the University of South Carolina Department of Human Resources, click here. All workshops will be at 1600 Hampton.

Tuesday, 4/22, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Trans* Advocacy Workshops

If you are already trained as a Safe Zone Ally and would like to attend a workshop to delve deeper into issues of gender identity and expression, the Trans* Advocacy Workshop is the perfect opportunity for you. These workshops are two hours long and focus on trans* identities and experiences. We do ask that you be a trained Safe Zone Ally before taking the Trans* Advocacy Workshop. To register, please click here.

Tuesday, 4/15, 2:30 – 4:30 pm, Patterson 103