Where are Safe Zones?
When you see the Safe Zone symbol on someone’s office door or in their office, it signifies that this person is Safe Zone trained and offers understanding and empathy to LGBTQ+ individuals.
What are Safe Zones?
Safe Zones are areas where allies have promised to support, respect, accept, and listen to students, faculty, and staff regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Safe Zone Allies advocate tolerance and equality for all members of our community. South Piedmont Community College participates in the Safe Zone program and strives to create safe, welcoming, and inclusive campus environments for all our community members.
Safe Zone Allies
Carl Bishop, Vice President, Academic Affairs, Chief Academic Officer
John Muir, Faculty, Communication
Jim McAlhaney, Faculty, Psychology
Janice Ryback, Library Circulation Manager
Dana Glauner, Director, Academic Support Center, Information Services Librarian
Victoria Efird, Faculty, Developmental Reading and Writing
Tammy Frailly, Director, Academic Enrichment Programs
Mary Brown, ePortfolio Assistant
Anjella Tabor-Smith, Faculty, Spanish
Steve Smith, Faculty, Sociology
Ryan Brown, Faculty, English
Richard Osvai, Part-time Assistant Safety and Security
Victoria Rueff, AA student
Marvin Tyson, Welding faculty
Information for Allies
Safe Zone Allies is a program that offers educational opportunities to promote understanding and respect for community members who identify as LGBTQ+. Workshop participants learn vocabulary, language, and behavior that is offensive to the community and have the opportunity to become allies.
Safe Zone Allies are students, faculty, staff, and administrators who support LGBT+ students by demonstrating understanding through their conversations, actions, language use, and an overall willingness to champion human rights for all students. LGBT+ students make up a part of our diverse student population, and with education, the college community can to their needs as individuals and learners.
- Attend workshops
- Plan and participate in events
- Become Safe Zone workshop presenters
- Promote understanding and acceptance of LGBTQ+ in their daily lives
- Display the Safe Zone logo as a visible representation of their support and commitment to fight homophobia and heterosexism
Safe Zone’s mission is tied to the college mission of “…life-long learning, student success, and workforce and community development through education that creates a welcoming and inclusive environment on our campuses for LBGTQ+ students by sponsoring events, guest speakers, workshops, and outreach.