Safe Zone: Ally Development Training

The Safe Zone: Ally Development Training program at the University of Michigan-Dearborn provides an avenue through which all people can actively show their support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning+ (LGBTQ+) people.  Safe Zone: Ally Development Training occurs on a request basis. If your department, office or student organization would like to take part in a training, please contact to submit a request.  

Safe Zone: Ally Development Training program program participants that are faculty or staff can be identified by their displayed UM-Dearborn Ally placard in their work/office space. Students that have completed the training can be identified by their displayed Safe Zone Trained button. By displaying the placard, they are visually representing that they are committed to providing a safe haven, a listening ear, and support for anyone dealing with issues related to sexual orientation and/or gender identity.  Students, staff and faculty will know that it is safe to be themselves and to talk about issues involving this aspect of their lives.

In order to be a UM-Dearborn Ally, interested persons must attend this training which includes information about the Safe Zone: Ally Development Program. This training explains what it means to be an ally, identifies campus and community resources available to LGBTQ+ people, and offers a plethora of knowledge terminology, definitions & concepts pertaining to the LGBTQ+ community. The session emphasizes that this program is not meant to be a substitution for the Counseling and Disability Service Office, nor are allies being trained as counselors.  The UM-Dearborn Safe Zone: Ally Development Training Program is designed as a resource and referral program only.

For more information about the Safe Zone: Ally Development Training program, or to have a training conducted for your office, department or student organization, contact the Office for Student Engagement at (313) 593-5390 or email at: