Safe Zone is an interactive, 4-hour training designed to help Auburn University work toward its goal of creating a safe space for all its Auburn family. It is designed specifically to educate faculty, staff, and students about sexual orientation and gender identity to create a safe space for LGBTQ+ students.
Dr. Brandy Smith, the primary facilitator of the Safe Zone training, is a licensed psychologist and Diversity Coordinator with SCS. During her undergraduate, graduate, and professional career, Dr. Smith has devoted herself to the promotion and education of diversity and multiculturalism in all of its many facets.
When specifically asked why see she offers Safe Zone training, Dr. Smith responded: “I literally see the benefit of Safe Zone EVERY time I have an opportunity to discuss the information with people. There remains so much misinformation, myths, and stereotypes out there that need to be challenged. My goal is to educate our university community and to create better relationships and experiences for all of our Auburn family. Whether you want the full training or an hour-long conversation to orient your group to terminology, please feel free to contact me. Our goal at AU is to educate and enhance critical thinking, so this training fits well within our mission.”
Individuals who successfully complete the 4-hour training receive a sticker that can be displayed in their office.
How to Sign Up
The training is offered multiple times a year through Human Resources Development (HRD), but trainings can be requested by departments, clubs, or organizations on campus. The training can also be broken down into two 2-hour blocks of time if needed. To find out when the next Safe Zone training is offered through HRD, check out the HRD website. To request a training for your specific office or group, you may contact Student Counseling Services at 334.844.5123 or Dr. Brandy Smith directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate it.