The Safe Zone program, launched in spring 2014, gives Marquette University faculty and staff opportunities to deepen their knowledge about LGBTQ and gender issues, student identity development, and religion and sexuality, with the goals of:
Both individuals and departments can participate in Safe Zone training to help build safe spaces, and strengthen the network of campus partners interested in gender, sexuality and diversity on campus.
How the Safe Zone program supports our Catholic, Jesuit roots
Marquette University recognizes and cherishes the dignity of each individual, regardless of age, culture, faith, ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, language, disability or social class. Each member of the Marquette community is expected to treat each other with care and respect, and to value and treasure differences in the spirit of the Jesuit principle of cura personalis, which calls for treating people with respect for their unique qualities, gifts and challenges as individuals.
As a Catholic, Jesuit institution, we are committed to finding God in all things and in each other. The Safe Zone program grows out of our faith commitment, including the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Marriage and Family's, Always Our Children: A Pastoral Message to Parents of Homosexual Children and Suggestions for Pastoral Ministers, 1997.
The program serves to create an inclusive environment where the fundamental human rights of persons who identify as LGBT are defended; that is free from any forms of injustice, oppression, or violence; and where persons who identify as LGBT are welcomed and accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity.
Because of this faith commitment, many Jesuit universities have Safe Zone programs, including Georgetown University, Santa Clara University, University of San Francisco, Boston College, John Carroll University and Loyola University Chicago.
How can students use the Safe Zone program?
Students can seek support and community among individuals and departments who are Safe Zone certified. Marquette University affirms the right of all students to live and learn in a safe and respectful environment. Creating a safe environment for all students is the concern of the entire Marquette community and the purpose of the Safe Zone program.
Any Safe Zone certified individual or department can offer:
Affiliation with Diversity Advocates Network
The Diversity Advocates Network, administered by Intercultural Engagement, is a training program for faculty and staff to provide support, mentorship and advocacy for students by promoting diversity and inclusion on campus. Diversity Advocates training provides comprehensive tools for developing a diversity consciousness, understanding social identities, identifying acts of discrimination and stereotyping and developing advocacy skills.
Individual certification requirements:
Departmental certification requirements:
For questions about Safe Zone, or to request a departmental information session, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Dr. Susannah Bartlow, director of the GSRC, at (414) 288-0704.