Safe Zone

As a welcoming campus, it is important for Mount Mercy to respond to the needs of the LGBTQ Community. This often marginalized population has unique needs. Many LGBTQ people experience verbal, physical, and/or sexual abuse—solely because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Many individuals in the LGBTQ community also have spiritual and pastoral needs.

In the Spirit of Mercy & Compassion, Mount Mercy offers Safe Zone training to the campus community for the purpose of education and to address any fears and/or misunderstandings about sexual orientation and gender identity.

This training is voluntary and open to students, staff, and faculty members. It will help the campus be an environment where LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff are assured physical and psychological safety as well as spiritual and pastoral support, allowing them to focus on education and personal development.

As a Catholic and Mercy institution of higher education, we believe that all people are created in the image of a loving God, and because of that, all people have inherent dignity and worth. All people deserve to be treated with equal and utmost respect. It is within this spirit of dignity, identity freedom, and in the spirit of compassion and care that Safe Zone training is offered.

Safe Zone Mission

Safe Zone training helps prepare the community to create a space/place where lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender, and allies can:

  • feel comfortable and safe
  • express any issues and concerns in an atmosphere of acceptance and support
  • access informational and educational resources
  • access information and resources on spiritual and pastoral support
  • feel accepted and integrated into the larger Mount Mercy campus community 

Training Opportunities

Training will be scheduled at least once per semester.

Training 1: Basic Safe Zone
Gain the foundational knowledge needed to be an effective ally to LGBTQ students. Completion allows participant to be an ally and display a Safe Zone sticker. Training I must be completed in order to move on to the other trainings in the series.

Training 2: Advanced Issues
Move from theory to practice through becoming more confident and empowered, learning how to self-educate, sharing your own experiences to the group, and participating in role-playing exercises.

Training 3: Intersectionality & Trans Community
Gain foundational knowledge about intersectionality within the LGBTQ community. Also provides a foundation for understanding of the transgender community.

Upcoming training sessions:

Safe Zone Training 1
Thursday, September 28, 2017
2:30–4:30 PM | Betty Cherry Heritage Hall

Safe Zone Training 1
Monday, November 13, 2017
1–3 PM | Betty Cherry Heritage Hall

Register for Training!

Identification of Completion of Safe Zone Training

As a way of communicating to the LGBTQ community that one has completed the Safe Zone training, a visible sign of support should be displayed in the employee’s work space. Having a visible sign is not an indication that the owner identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, nor does it mean that those without Safe Zone signs displayed are unsupportive or uncaring.


Contact the Assistant Director of Diversity & Engagement