Safe Zone Program

Faculty and staff members displaying a Safe Zone placard indicate that their work space is a safe space for gay, lesbian and bisexual students. These faculty and staff are willing to work with students on a variety of issues, regardless of their sexual orientation.

If you're interested in participating in this program, contact the Dean of Students Office or email Mary Beth Mackin at

A SAFE ZONE is a place where all students can feel comfortable, whether they are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or heterosexual. Our purpose is to create an environment committed to diversity and mutual respect, where students can feel "safe" in discussing issues that shape and individualize us, regardless of orientation, political perspective, or religious belief.

The first Rainbow Flag was designed in 1978 by Gilbert Baker, a San Francisco artist. It contains 6 strips, each color symbolizing something different.

  • Red: Sexuality
  • Orange: Healing
  • Yellow: Sun
  • Green: Nature
  • Blue: Art
  • Purple: Spirit

This symbol is being slowly adopted as the symbol for the gay community.

The pink triangle was worn by prisoners in Nazi Germany whose only "crime" was being homosexual. It has been adopted by the gay and lesbian movement in both memory of oppression in the past and as a symbol of hope for a better present and future.