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Please Join Us for a Safe Zone Training!  See our "Scheduled Trainings" page for dates and times.


Level 1: Becoming an Ally

The goal of this introductory training session is to provide a basic information about sexual orientation, especially as it relates to NDSU students, faculty and staff. Topics addressed include an overview of relevant terminology, the coming out process, and how to be an ally for someone who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer. Participants at this training session will have an opportunity to make a personal commitment to becoming an NDSU Safe Zone Ally - however, becoming an ally is not a requirement of this Level 1 training session.   Please note: attendance at Level 1 is a pre-requisite for eligibility to attend additional levels of training.

Level 2: Gender Identity/Expression

The goal of this advanced training session is to explore in greater depth the experiences of those who identify as transgender. Attendees will leave this session with a broader understanding of gender identity and expression, both as they relate to University policy and to the lived experiences of transgender youth.    Please note: Level 1 is required before attending this training.

Level 3: Upstander

The goal of this training program is to provide an interactive, engaging training program that allows those who are Safe Zone Allies to further develop their skills and comfort levels as Allies. Topics addressed in this training encourage allies to move from being passive bystanders to active Upstanders within our campus community.    Please note: you must attend Levels 1 & 2 before attending this training.

Becoming a Trainer Training

  • Work with us on an individual basis to become a Safe Zone presenter yourself!  

Blackboard Training Site

  • To complete Safe Zone training on Blackboard, simply log into your Blackboard account and look under the Organizations tab for NDSU Safe Zone.
  • If you're unable to attend one of our training sessions or prefer to digest material in the comfort of your own office/home, we encourage you to utilize our online training tool. This site allows you to work through the training manual at your own pace, as well as view videos of individuals within the LGBTQ population discussing components of their lives and identities. 
  • Upon completion of the Blackboard training program, contact Safe Zone Ally staff to become connected with our community of Allies at NDSU.


If your department or organization would like to schedule a specific Ally Training session, please contact Ana Huerta Lopez to make that happen.

Safe Zone training sessions are also available online via Blackboard.  Simply log into your Blackboard account and look under the "My Organizations" tab for the Safe Zone Ally Training link.

Contact us if you have questions.

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Last Updated: Tuesday, August 11, 2015 3:56:26 PM