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Four Foundations of Safe Zone 

"When I belong, I have a seat at the table, and I have a voice that is heard!"

Kansas State University commits to maintaining academic, housing, and work environments that are free of discrimination, harassment, and sexual harassment. K-State policies prohibit discrimination based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, ancestry, disability, genetic information, military status, veteran status. Faculty, staff, and students benefit from knowing and understanding of when negative issues face individuals in their daily lives. Of special concern, we advance the understanding of those historically excluded, misrepresented, and underreoresented identities on campus, in community, in the state, and internationally. 

Four Foundations of Safe Zone

Health & Wellness 

Safe Zone promotes the understanding and implementation of health and well-being practices on physical, emotional, social, and occupational Levels.

  • Mental Health Services - Information on Campus Resources

  • Body Positivity

  • mindfulness

  • JED Foundation Practices

  • Recognizing the Mental Health Needs of Trans College Students

  • Understanding Signs of Depression and Anxiety 

Intercultural Confidence

Safe Zone workshops help to develop deeper understanding of systemic issues critical to promote equitable representation of under-represented and historically excluded student populations in higher education.

  • Biases - Implicit and Explicit

  • Aggressions

  • Language that Further Separates

  • Culture and Cultural Patterns

  • Historical Exclusionary Laws and Policies 

  • Trans-competency

  • Sexual and Gender Expression

  • Sexuality and Gender Identities 

Educational Development

Safe Zone strives to provide in-depth information on various topics to further understanding of the conditions, laws, and policies that lead to and support exclusion of understanding of the conditions, laws, and policies that lead to and support exclusion of underrepresented populations.

  • The History of Stonewall Riots

  • Historical Significance of the Land Acknowledgement

  • Trans and Identity History

  • Language that Further Separates

  • Black History at K-State

  • Historical Exclusionary Laws and Policies 

  • Displaced populations - People who leave their homelands by forcibly displaced.

Student Support

Safe Zone works to collaborate with campus partners to Advise on all available resources and opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and community partners.

  • Student Life - Student of Concern Procedure

  • Counseling Center - Mental Health Support

  • PowerCat Financial - Financial Resources

  • Other Campus Service based workshops

 

Safe Zone Educational Series - Not necessarily ally-training Workshops. Here we offer information for furthering your understanding of the conditions, laws, and policies that lead to and support exclusion of certain populations.

  • The History of Stonewall Riots
  • Historical Significance of the Land Acknowledgement
  • Trans and Identity History
  • Language that Further Separates
  • Black History at K-State
  • Historical Exclusionary Laws and Policies 
  • Displaced Populations - People who leave their homelands by forcibly displaced

Vision: As a program of K-State, Safe Zone envisions academic and social environments where students, faculty, and staff possess senses of belonging and experience thriving conditions.

Output: Safe Zone workshops focus on building capabilities and skills centered on erasing the barriers to acquiring college degrees and thriving in global economies for out students.

Intended Long-Term Outcomes:

  • Students report feeling safe and supported by faculty, staff, administration, and other students
  • Faculty, staff, and administration members report feeling safe and supported by one another
  • Safe Zone Allies report knowing with whom or what campus entity to connect when faced with situations where students or colleagues offer an account of feeling threatened or unsafe 
  • Safe Zone Allies report increased understanding of exclusionary laws, policies, and practices that socialize societal members to assign hierarchies to human value.