Safe Zone & Safe With Me

The Safe Zone program was implemented by the Inclusion, Diversity & Equity Committee as a way to welcome and support individuals in the LGBTQIA+ community at Lake Land College and the surrounding area.

Safe Zone

What is a Safe Zone?

A Safe Zone is a safe place in which all individuals are encouraged and reassured they can be their authentic selves and feel safe, welcomed and included. These are areas on and around campus where supportive faculty and staff can provide information and work toward the elimination of myths, misconceptions, and stereotypes. Those who have participated in this training will receive a Safe Zone sticker or window cling to display in their area.

Why is this important?

  • 92% of LGBTQIA+ youth say they hear negative messages at school and on the internet about being LGBTQIA+.
  • 4 in 10 LGBTQIA+ youth say the community in which they live is not accepting of LGBTQIA+ people.
  • LGBTQIA+ youth are twice as likely as their peers to say they have been physically assaulted.
  • 26% of LGBTQIA+ youth say their biggest problems are not feeling accepted by family, trouble at school/bullying, and a fear to be out/open.

Important Note

Those who participate in the training are not required to self-identify as a Safe Zone member. Participants are welcome even if they are only interested in information. Participation will not be disclosed without the participant’s consent.

Contact Mercury Bowen at with questions or to schedule Safe Zone training.

Safe With Me

What is the Safe With Me training?

Learn how to provide a safe space at Lake Land College for your LGBTQIA + classmates/friends.

“Anyone, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity can be an ally.  Allies are some of the most effective and powerful voices of the LGBTQIA+ movement. Not only do allies help people in the coming-out process, they also help others understand the importance of equality, fairness, acceptance and mutual respect.” –

Throughout this training, students will learn why there is an important need for being an ally, discussed in sections 1 and 2, and how to be an ally, discussed in section 3.

Those who complete the training will receive a “Safe With Me” sticker to place on their belongings in an effort to spread awareness about the program and the need for allyship.

Self Register for the canvas “Safe With Me” course

This program is sponsored by the Lake Land College PRIDE Club; Inclusion, Diversity & Equity Committee and Student Activity Board.

Those interested in the Lake Land College Student Pride Club can contact Marcy Satterwhite at or 217-234-5359.