We offer interactive Safe Zones programs and trainings for students, faculty, or staff focusing on a wide variety of topics related to the experiences of individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, aromantic, pansexual and more (LGBTQIAP+).
Started in 1993, UNH Safe Zones is an educational program to raise awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, aromantic, pansexual and other (LGBTQIAP+) issues and contribute to a campus climate of inclusion at UNH. This is achieved through the implementation of our many programs and trainings geared towards various intersecting topics. Our goal is to prepare members of the UNH community to support LGBTQIAP+ faculty, students, and staff and take active steps toward reducing and preventing harassment, discrimination and violence based on sexual orientation, romantic orientation and gender identity or expression. UNH Safe Zones is an intersectional organization and seeks to do the same in regards to race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, ability, weight, socio-economic status, age and more.
What we Offer
We can bring Safe Zones programs to your student organization, residence hall, classroom, department student staff training, off-campus organization, etc.
For faculty and staff
We offer department-specific trainings, and some trainings that are open to mixed groups of faculty and staff from various departments.
History of the Safe Zones sticker
Our current Safe Zones symbol, a diamond shape with a rainbow UNH wildcat paw inside, was designed by a UNH student in 2006 and selected by committee following a campus-wide sticker design contest. This is the second UNH Safe Zones symbol.
The first sticker was a green bordered circle shape with a pink triangle and a black triangle in the center, with the words "UNH" on the top and "Safe Zone" below.
The first UNH Safe Zones symbol was first used in 1993, coinciding with the launch of the UNH Safe Zones program.
In the 1970s, the Pink Triangle was adopted by many gay rights groups as a symbol of pride and solidarity, while acknowledging current and historical oppression against gay people. The pink triangle was used by the Nazis in concentration camps to identify and shame homosexuals, and female prisoners who were considered "anti-social" or "deviant" (including homosexual) were made to wear a black triangle.