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!
Online Safe Zone Level 1 Training
Participants and trainer agree that attending a Safe Zone training session in person is preferred in that it allows opportunities to ask questions and seek clarification. However, we recognize that some members of the NDSU community either work off campus or are unable to attend in-person trainings. Therefore, we have developed an online version of our Level 1 Safe Zone training.
- To complete Safe Zone Level 1 training online, use the following link: https://community.ndus.edu/course/view.php?id=217 and log in with your NDUS (ND University System) username and password.
- Upon completion of the Safe Zone Level 1 training online, contact LGBTQ Programs staff to become connected with our community of Allies at NDSU.
- We are pleased to note that this training can be accessed by anyone affiliated with any of the 11 NDUS campuses or the NDUS system office.
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.