Safe Zone Program

BGSU Safe Zone Project

The Safe Zone Project at Bowling Green State University promotes awareness of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) people. This workshop series provides education concerning LGBTQ+ issues and seeks to improve the environment for LGBTQ+ people. The project's main goal is to build a support network of allies for BGSU's LGBTQ+ Community.

Safe Zone Goals

  • To increase awareness of LGBTQ+ people and issues.
  • To create gender inclusive change on our campus and in our society.
  • To form an awareness of the impact intersectionality has in influencing our understanding of identities and systems.
  • To improve the climate for LGBTQ+ people at BGSU.
  • To make allies visible to and involved with LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and staff.

About Safe Zone

Since homophobia and limited understanding negatively impact LGBTQ+ individuals, efforts to make the LGBTQ+ population feel welcome in any environment are needed. The Safe Zone project identifies a growing network of students, faculty, staff, and community members who are willing and prepared to provide support and information to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning people.

The Safe Zone project launched into a full campaign in fall 2012. We are able to offer the Safe Zone workshop to every department, student group, or program on campus that we can.


Register for a Safe Zone workshop below!

Safe Zone 101 Offerings:

Safe Zone 101 is primarily for students and general community members who wish to increase their awareness of LGBTQ+ people and issues, create gender inclusive change, and increase their allyship.  

October 6th, 2021 - 12-3 PM, BTSU* (room TBD based on number of registrants) - register here

November 10th, 2021 - 3-5:30 PM, BTSU* (room TBD based on number of registrants) - register here

* we reserve the right to move these trainings online based on Covid-19 trends and University guidance

Faculty/Staff Safe Zone Offerings:

Faculty and Staff are welcome to take this focused Safe Zone offered through the Center for Faculty Excellence.  In this session, we aim to increase awareness of LGBTQ+ people and issues in the classroom and campus environments and to better foster LGBTQ+ Inclusion for BGSU's LGBTQ+ community.  Graduate Assistants are welcome to participate in these sessions.

September 27, 2021 - 9-11:30 am (Zoom)

November 2, 2021 - 2-4:30 pm (in-person)

December 8, 2021 - 9:30 am - noon (Zoom)

Register for the Faculty/Staff workshop here.

** Atdditionally Safe Zone workshops can be offered upon department or organization request. Please feel free to reach out to Dr. Stygles if you would like a Safe Zone offered for your group.**