A Publication for the faculty, staff, administrators and friends of California State University, Chico
November 11, 2004 Volume 35/Number 3

Inside Stories

Extend the Safe Zone

This is the fifth year for the Safe Zone program at CSU, Chico. It was developed in 1999, in the wake of the 1998 murder of Wyoming college student Matthew Shepard, who was gay. The hope was to create an environment on our campus that lessened the chances of similar incidents happening here.

Safe Zone at CSU, Chico, founded by Lorraine Smith, Advising, and Larry Bassow, Housing, enlists faculty and staff as identifiable “allies” for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender students who need a non-threatening and non-judgmental place to talk.

Safe Zone participants receive a safe zone decal to display in a visible location. The decal signals that the person who displays it is committed to providing a space of acceptance and respect. The more allies with safe zone stickers visible on campus, the more we create an atmosphere of safety and commonality.

More than 120 allies signed up soon after the program was created, and many more have signed up since then. Now it is time to update the current list of allies and enlist more volunteers.

Tray Robinson, Admissions, is the primary contact for Safe Zone. He sends out information packets, placards, and buttons to faculty, staff, students, and community members. He is available to speak at events and training sessions.

If you would like to become an ally or are currently an ally and wish to stay on the contact list, please call Robinson at x6835.



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