The Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion offers several LGBTQ+ and ally trainings throughout the year. 

Pronoun Training

The pronoun training is a 30 minute training that can be scheduled during faculty, staff, or student org meetings. Learn what pronouns are, why they are important, recent changes in pronoun use, and how your program/group can be affirming to people of all gender identities.

Fall 2023 Pronoun Training Dates

  • Tuesday, September 12th 12-12:30 p.m.

  • Monday, October 2nd 5-5:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, November 15th 12-12:30pm (virtual)

Register for Pronoun Training Registration

Safe Zone Program

Safe Zone is a campus-wide program designed to educate students, faculty, staff, and community members on LGBTQ identities and experiences. The goal is to create a community that is inclusive for people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions. Safe Zone aims to prepare individuals to foster an affirming environment in which all people are free to thrive personally, academically, and professionally.

Safe Zone has been designed as a multipart training, with each part building upon the concepts introduced in the previous section. 

Safe Zone 101: LGBTQ+ Active Allyship

Safe Zone 101 is a two hour training that introduces individuals to basic language and concepts, and also starts the conversation on what allyship looks like.

Fall 2023 Safe Zone 101 Dates

  • Wednesday, September 6th 2-4 p.m. (virtual)

  • Tuesday, October 10th 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

  • Monday, November 6th 5-7 p.m.

Safe Zone 201: Trans and Nonbinary Allyship 

Safe Zone 201 is a two hour training that focuses specifically on trans and nonbinary identities, as well as how to best affirm trans and enby individuals. 

Fall 2023 Safe Zone 201 Dates

  • Tuesday, October 17th 2-4 p.m.

  • Wednesday November 15th 5-7 p.m. (virtual)

Safe Zone Electives

Safe Zone electives are a series of hour-long trainings focused on specific identities and histories within the broader LGBTQIA+ community.

Spring 2023 Safe Zone Elective Dates

  • Bisexual Identities. Wednesday, September 20, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. (virtual)
  • Asexual Identities. Wednesday, Octobe 25, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. (virtual)
  • Queer! Friday, October 5, noon-1 p.m. (virtual)
  • Evolving Language. Thursday, November 2, noon-1 p.m. (virtual)
  • Privilege and Microaggressions. Thursday, November 30, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. (virtual)

Register for Safe Zone

The CSDI offers regularly scheduled Safe Zone trainings throughout the year. We also offer tailored trainings for groups of 20 or more participants. To request a training for your department or organization, please email the Associate Director of LGBTQ+ Initiatives, Dr. April Callis, at

Safe Zone Network

Following completion of Safe Zone 101, 201, and three Safe Zone electives, participants will be eligible to be part of the Safe Zone Network. These individuals will receive an updated Safe Zone decal, a completion certificate, and can elect to be added to an online directory of Safe Zone Network members. By joining the Safe Zone Network, individuals are agreeing to continually promote safe and affirming spaces for LGBTQ+ people.

If you believe that you have completed the required five trainings, please email the Associate Director of LGBTQ+ Initiatives, Dr. April Callis, at

Safe Zone Facilitator Program

Due to the high demand for safe zone trainings across campus, we are always looking for individuals to help facilitate safe zone. If you’re interested, please email the Associate Director of LGBTQ+ Initiatives, Dr. April Callis, at