Mission Statement

Through education and advocacy, the Safe Zone program seeks to make Texas A&M University–San Antonio a more welcoming, safe, and inclusive campus for gender, sexual, and romantic minorities (GSRM), a term that includes but is not limited to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer individuals.

Safe Zone workshops prepare members of the University community to support and advocate for those who identify as gender, sexual, and romantic minorities. Once the session has been completed, participants will receive a Safe Zone certificate, which they can display to signal their status as an advocate.

What is a Safe Zone?

A Safe Zone at A&M-San Antonio is a person who provides a safe space that is highly visible and easily identifiable to the Gender, Sexual, and Romantic Minority Community (GSRM).  A Safe Zone is where support and understanding are key and bigotry and discrimination are not tolerated.

Individuals are Safe Zones, not departments or office work areas. People who are Safe Zones are compassionate, understanding and committed to helping create an open and accepting learning environment for all people on the Texas A&M University-San Antonio Campus and in our community.

Why are Safe Zones Necessary?

GSRM students often find campus environments to be unwelcoming and even hostile. Students whose emotional and physical safety is at risk can experience fear and anxiety, isolation and invisibility, fear of disclosure, and high levels of stress. In turn, these experiences can interfere with academic achievement and personal development. Inhospitable campus settings may also contribute to attrition and turnover among promising GSRM students and staff who fear an oppressive environment.
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For more information on SafeZones you can contact us at SafeZone@tamusa.edu