Center for Sexualities and Gender Diversity

Safe Zone Project


Safe Zone USM image of rainbow striped triangleThe mission of the Safe Zone Project at the University of Southern Maine is to visibly identify and support those members of the University community who are safe and supportive contacts for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and queer students, staff and faculty.

 Safe Zone Project volunteers participate in a 1.5 to 2 hour orientation program that introduces them to the various aspects of the lives and experiences of LGBTQ individuals and community. The program focuses on the issues that LGBTQ people face and how we (both LGBTQ and heterosexual) can be successful, safe and supportive allies.  Once a volunteer has gone through the orientation program, they can display the Safe Zone symbol on their office door, desk space or person.

Programs can be scheduled for your group, staff or population by contacting the Center for Sexualities and Gender Diversity at (207) 780-5767 or sholmes@usm.maine.edu