Safe Zone Education and Advocacy

Safe Zone

Safe Zone at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke began in 2009, as a dialogue between Multicultural Affairs (now Diversity and Inclusion), Disability Support Services (now Accessibility Resource Center), Institutional Effectiveness, Student Life (now Campus Engagement and Leadership) and Student Health Services to provide a better community to serve our diverse LGBTQ+ student population.

Since that dialogue, over 200 dedicated faculty, staff, students, and alumni have been through UNCP’s first Safe Zone Ally program. Our Safe Zone now consists of a voluntary network of faculty, staff and students who believe that every member of the university community should have an equal opportunity to grow and learn in a safe and open environment. In 2016 the program was renamed Safe Zone Education & Advocacy to more accurately reflect our purpose and intent.

Safe Zone E&A (Education & Advocacy) educates faculty, staff, and students about issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and questioning individuals (LGBTQIQ) and their loved ones. The full workshop sessions are typically done in two parts and will provide participants with a functional knowledge of terminology, the gender and sexuality paradigms, conflict de-escalation techniques, and ways to support the LGBTQ+ community as an active ally and advocate. Safe Zone is not only for allies! Many members of the LGBTQ+ student, faculty, and staff community here at UNCP have participated in the Safe Zone E&A workshops and become certified members of our growing Safe Zone E&A community.

For more information on attending a session, becoming a certified Safe Zone member, or participating in a mini educational workshop, email

We have a new logo! Clockwise info on the representation in the above image:
1. Bottom center two feathers imposed over a rainbow represents Two-Spirit pride
2. Pink-Yellow-Blue represents Pansexual pride
3. Lavender-White-Dark Green represents Genderqueer pride
4. Black-Grey-White-Purple represents Asexual pride
5. Red-Orange-Yellow-Green-Indigo-Violet represents Gay pride
6. Pink-Purple-Blue represents Bisexual Pride
7. Light Blue-Light Pink-White-Light Pink-Light Blue represents Transgender pride

Information and Resource Zone


Voice, Silence, and Diversity in 21st Century Organizations…

Contact/Encounter Online Form

Making The News

I Haven’t Had a Chance to Grieve Since I Got the Phone Call

Fayetteville State University’s Safe Zone

Transgender Teenager Murdered By Mob!

Private Moment Made Public, Then a Fatal Jump

Same-sex marriage debate hits NCSU

Online Resources

Directory of LGBT Resources – A resource for professionals.

Internet – LGBT web-related resources.

The National Sexuality Resource Center (NSRC) – NSRC creates content, leads trainings, and guides the development of a new sexuality movement, founded on the unique concept of sexual literacy—the positive, integrated, and holistic view of sexuality from a social justice perspective.

Safe Zone Allies – Members of our university community and alumni who are LBGTQ allies.