Safe Zone (LGBTQ)
The Lock Haven University Safe Zone's mission is to create a safe and welcoming environment for students who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning and their allies by helping to develop support on campus. This creates a support network for students, who may face discrimination or conflict in society, particularly students who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning and their allies.
The Lock Haven Safe Zone has seven primary objectives:
(1). Provide accurate and dispel conflicting information on the topics of sexual and
(2). Recognize problems in the environment that affect LGBTQ individuals
(3). Identify policies and laws relevant to LGBTQ concerns
(4). Identify and discuss strategies to reduce hostility toward LGBTQ people
(5). Acquire skills and information to make appropriate referrals
(6). Raise awareness of the negative impact of homophobia and heterosexism on all people
(7). Defining terminology on the subject of sexual and gender identity
This website is designed to be a resource to people interested in becoming part of Safe Zone, students who may have questions regarding gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning issues, and their friends and families.
The Safe Zone program has two levels, based on a model of ally development. The model of ally development has four steps - awareness, knowledge, skills, and action. The first level of the Safe Zone program is based on the first two steps - awareness and knowledge. This level is called the LGBTQ Supporter. You can receive more information about the program by clicking on the "LGBTQ Supporter" link to the left. For a variety of reasons, some people may not be comfortable moving beyond these two levels. The second level of the Safe Zone program is based on the last two steps - skills and action. This level is called the Ally. You can receive more information about the program by clicking on the "Safe Zone Program" link to the left.