The LGBTQ Safe Zone Project is a campus-wide program from the office of Inclusive Education and Strategic Initiatives, that offers a visible message of inclusion, affirmation, and support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people in the university community. There are three parts to this training: Phase I, Phase II, and Trans Awareness.


Phase I

Phase I introduces basic LGBTQ terms and concepts, helps participants develop an appreciation for the experiences of the LGBTQ people, and brings an overall awareness of LGBTQ issues. Participants will be encouraged to think about how they can create a more inclusive environment and will be prepared to provide resources to LGBTQ people.


Phase II

Phase II is a case study-based, application-focused session. Participants will gain the tools they need to not only provide resources, but to become an active participant in making our campus a more supportive, inclusive, and affirming place for LBGTQ people. If desired, participants may be identified as an LGBTQ Safe Zone Ally after completing Phase 2.


Trans Awareness

This interactive workshop features an overview of trans students' experiences on college campuses, with a focus on strengthening our ability to be more effective allies to this community. Previous participation in LGTBQ Safe Zone Phase I and Phase II is encouraged.


Note: Individuals who complete or have completed LGBTQ Safe Zone workshops may obtain credit towards the Building University of Iowa Leadership for Diversity (BUILD) certificate.


Register for LGBTQ Safe Zone Training

Staff and faculty:

To register for courses, sign into UI Employee Self Service, click on "My Training" to be rerouted to Learning and Development. Click on “Enroll in Courses” tab and use search bars to find desired sessions (e.g., "Safe Zone").


Students and community members:

To learn more and register for courses, please email If you are interested in requesting a Safe Zone Training for your group or organization, please click here to complete a service request form.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Inclusive Education and Strategic Initiatives (IESI) in advance at 319-353-2388 or