• About Safe Zone

    The Hamline University Safe Zone Network promotes an inclusive living, learning and work community by providing opportunities for education, information-sharing and advocacy on issues related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex or ally issues and communities.  


    • To educate about homophobia and the realities of being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, or intersex. 
    • To encourage the development of healthy attitudes concerning LGBTQIA people and to foster an appreciation for diverse sexual orientations.
    • To develop and empower LGBTQIA allies to take supportive stances concerning LGBTQIA people and issues.
    • To fight homophobia and heterosexism at the university.
    • To build, strengthen and sustain an inclusive living, learning, work environment for all members of the university community.

    History and Overview

    Safe Zone Training began with a pilot program developed by Javier Gutierrez and Carlos Sneed from their previous experiences with similar training programs at previous institutions.

    The first training was held in January 2005 and was presented to the Residential Life staff (resident assistants and professional staff) as part of their winter in-service training. Since then 500 people have participated in the training. Of these 275 are active members and 225 are students who have graduated and professionals who have left the university.

    Beginning in 2005-2006 school year, Safe Zone Network also began offering follow-up educational sessions on such topics as religion, legal issues, coming our process, transgender issues.  These sessions are open to those who have completed the initial training as well as others who have not.

    The follow-up sessions tend to average 20-35 people for attendance.  In addition to the sessions which generally involved presentation of new information and discussion, and a resource guide was also created and distributed.