Frequently Asked Questions

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Safe Zone Workshops encourage participants to become more aware, active and allied to the concerns of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) population. A Safe Zone can be considered your office, your school, your student organization, your team or you as an individual.

TAMIU is proud of its culturally diverse population and supports cultural diversity in every way possible. The Safe Zone Workshop is a subtle way to say that all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions are part of our culture and are both acknowledged and supported.

Safe Zone Allies are open and supportive to the needs of LGBTQ individuals and willing to learn about issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity and expressions. They are sensitive to the power of language and work to educate others on the importance on making TAMIU a more tolerant, inclusive, diverse University.

No. Displaying your Safe Zone status does not mean that you are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. It means you are supportive of the needs of others and willing to learn about issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. Your sexual orientation or gender identity does not impact your ability to be an Ally, or anything else in life.

Yes! Successful completion of a Safe Zone training is part of Trailblazers under the Engagement Stage for the Personal Enrichment dimension. Attend any of the sessions for this academic year and you will see the credit reflected on your own Trailblazers.

Absolutely, any TAMIU student organization or department can contact SOLE and schedule a private Safe Zone session that works best for the group.

Please contact Abigail Fernandez to talk more about the program. Please visit STC 224, call 956.326.2280, or send an e-mail to sole@tamiu.edu.

Student Center Suite 224
5201 University Blvd., Laredo, TX 78041-1900
Fax: 956.326.2279