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Safe Zone: Become a Washburn Ally

Goals of the Washburn University Safe Zone Program

  • To increase the overall campus community's understanding and awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) issues 
  • To provide a greater sense of safety for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender student community  
  • To offer information to straight allies in positions where they may be in contact with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people (as classmates, roommates, friends, residents, students, staff, faculty, etc.)  
  • To act as a resource of information regarding homophobia, heterosexism, transphobia and LGBTQ issues on the WU campus and the surrounding Washburn community.

Training and Event opportunities for Washburn Allies

  • Ally Safe Zone Basic Training:  Washburn Faculty, Staff and Students have the opportunity to learn and experience current, relevant, and necessary information regarding awareness, safety, and available resources for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning students.  After the completion of a 3 hour Basic Training session, participants have the opportunity to become a Washburn Ally, declaring their office to be a Safe Zone.
  • Beyond the Basics -The purpose of Beyond the Basics is to continue the dialogue and learning opportunities for Washburn Allies.  It is recommended but not required that participants attend an Ally Safe Zone training prior to attending a Beyond the Basics program.

To register for an Ally Safe Zone Basic Training or a Beyond the Basics event please email

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Washburn University prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, veteran status, or marital or parental status. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Dr. Pamela Foster, Equal Opportunity Director/Title IX Coordinator, Washburn University, 1700 SW College Ave, Topeka, Kansas 66621, 785.670.1509,

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