The purpose of the Safe Zone program is to provide safe spaces on campus that are highly visible and easily identifiable to all people as spaces where support and understanding are assured. By placing the Safe Zone symbol on their door, Safe Zone volunteers signify that within their space all people will be treated with dignity and respect regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, class, religion, age, or ability. Faculty, staff, and students across the university are among our Safe Zone volunteers. In addition, Resident Assistants, members of VU Pride, and POWER peer educators are known as allies and most typically are Safe Zone volunteers as well.
Becoming a SAFE ZONE Volunteer
Each semester members of the Villanova Community (faculty, students and staff) are invited to participate in the training to become a Safe Zone volunteer. The training is typically offered once a semester and is a 90 minute commitment. Once trained, the Safe Zone volunteer displays the Safe Zone logo on their door (or knap sack) to offer a safe space for conversations about difference. Safe Zones invite community members to conversation when they may feeling hurt, or not comfortable, because of a discriminatory or bias-related remark or behavior. Safe Zones are also places of acceptance and celebration.
Anyone interested in becoming a Safe Zone volunteer may contact Teri O'Brien, in the Office of Student Life, 202 Dougherty Hall.