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Safe Zone

Safe Zone at the University of Rochester is a dynamic, interactive session for students that includes activities and discussion around: inclusive and respectful language, the process of coming out, understanding sexual and gender identity, taking action on our campuses and in our workplaces, where to go for help and much more. These training's are for students, presented by their peers, and gives participants the skills they need to provide support and to create environments that are safe, welcoming, and inclusive.

Safe Zone Logo

You may have seen a sticker or sign that indicate that a person is a “Safe Zone” or has been “Safe Zone Trained.” These signs mean a person is open to talking about and being supportive of LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning +) individuals and identities.

If you are interested in being trained as a Safe Zone Facilitator, fill out this online form.

If you are interested in having members of your student organization Safe Zone trained or you would like more information about an upcoming Safe Zone training, please email


Safe Space

The Burgett Intercultural Center's Director and select staff members are Safe Space Trained, which means that the Center is intended to create a safer and freer environment for all members of the University community regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression.

The goal of the Safe Space program is to provide training to faculty and staff that will qualify them to display a small “Safe Space” sign in their workspaces. Displaying a sticker or decal also signifies your agreement to actively be an Ally for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, which includes supporting policies and behaviors that bring equity to otherwise inequitable situations and openly show support for LGBT issues. For more information about the Safe Space program, please contact Kristin Hocker at or click here for more information.

Additional Resources

Intersectional Discussion Groups

These discussion groups exist to better support members of our community based on the intersections of their identity. For more information about a specific group, please contact the person listed. If you are interested in forming a new discussion group, please contact

Queer Jewish Students Discussion Group

(contact: Rebecca Royzer

Come join us for our bi-weekly discussion group about the intersections of being Jewish and Queer. All are welcome! Shabbat Dinner to follow in the Interfaith Chapel.

Queer Students of Color

Come Queer Students of Color us for a discussion about intersectional issues that queer people of color face. Our goal is to create a group where queer students of color feel comfortable and accepted and can talk about issues they face on campus, in the workplace, at home, or anywhere else. This discussion group will meet on a regular basis during the spring semester. Come check us out!

TINT (Transgender, Intersex, Non-Binary, and Two Spirit)

TINT is an informal social group for trans, gender non-conforming, and questioning U of R students. Email for details about weekly meetings.

Resources Around Campus

Student Organizations

  • Pride Network - Undergraduate Student Organization
  • Spectrum - Student Organization at the Eastman School of Music
  • Out@Simon - Gay-Straight Alliance at the Simon School of Business
  • Spectrum - University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry group

Affinity Group for Staff and Faculty

Community Resources