Safe Zone (LGBTQ Ally)

Safe Zone Mission (LGBTQ Ally)

Safe Zones create a space/place where lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender, queer/questioning and allies:

  • feel comfortable and safe
  • can 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 

As a welcoming campus, it's 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 and 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.

Safe Zone training is scheduled at least once per semester. Training is voluntary and open to students and employees. 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, compassion, and care that Safe Zone training is offered.

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Safe Zone Training Completion

A visible sign of support should be displayed in the employee’s work space as a way of communicating to the LGBTQ community that Safe Zone training has been completed. 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.

Who are LGBTQ Allies on campus? See faculty and staff names who identify as Allies/Safe Zone spaces »


April Dirks, Safe Zone CoordinatorDr. April Dirks
Safe Zone Coordinator
Associate Professor of Social Work

301 Warde Hall
319-363-1323 ext. 1385