The Safe Zone Program at the Medical University of South Carolina is designed to reduce homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism by raising awareness of the presence of these “isms” and their potential impact on individuals in our community. A Safe Zone is a place where one can feel free to talk about being marginalized on the basis of their real or perceived sexual or gender orientation without fear of criticism or hatred. The MUSC Safe Zone Program symbol, the upside down rainbow triangle, signifies a safe place to discuss issues that impact people who are marginalized on the basis of their real or perceived sexual or gender orientation and provides information on available resources. It is a place where one can feel supported, affirmed, and valued, not judged. The purpose is not only to say that you know, but asking yourself if you are willing to serve in an advocacy capacity for campus affiliates.
Why is Safe Zone important to health care providers? The Safe Zone Program adds an educational component to the scope of growing resources the Office of Training and Intercultural Programs and offers the MUSC community an increase sensitivity toward, knowledge of, and support for marginalized populations and issues that affect them.
The Office of Training and Intercultural Programs is proud to provide the Safe Zone Program in support of the University’s Strategic Plan and our eight identified values:
- Social responsibility
- Fiscal responsibility
- Cultural competence
The members of the Advisory Committee, Safe Zone Program, trainers, and allies are a team of interdisciplinary students, staff, and faculty within the university and community constituents who are committed to increase awareness and acceptance of people who are marginalized on the basis of their real or perceived sexual or gender orientation. We provide education, training, and support related to diverse issues in order to increase knowledge of the diversity of sexual and gender identity.
Welcome to the Safe Zone!