LGBTQIA+ Events


Cinnamon Rolls, Not Gender Roles

Tuesday, Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30  | 1 p.m. | Safe Zone Resource Center (2418 Student Center)
(Educational Engagement/Social Enrichment)

The Safe Zone Resource Center will host its weekly Cinnamon Rolls, not Gender Roles program for individuals of all identities to come together, eat pastries and discuss topics concerning gender identity and performance in our current culture and climate. For more information, contact the Safe Zone Resource Center at safezone@ua.edu.


Rainbow Connection

Friday, Nov. 5, 12, 19 | 2-3 p.m. | Intercultural Diversity Center (2100 Student Center)
(Cultural Exploration/Social Enrichment)

The Safe Zone Resource Center hosts this weekly support and dialogue group for LGBTQIA+ identified students and their allies. The group provides an opportunity to form supportive friendships with other group members, learn resilience skills and strategies for self-care, and set personal goals. For more information, contact the Safe Zone Resource Center at safezone@ua.edu.


The Trans Workers in Schools Survey Project: Challenges and Contributions

Thursday, Nov. 11 | 3-4 p.m. | Virtual

Dr. Mario Suarez
Dr. Mario I. Suárez

Dr. Mario I. Suárez, assistant professor of cultural studies at the Emma E. Jones College of Education and Human Services at Utah State University, will report on the survey instrument development process and the descriptive characteristics of a non-representative sample of 321 trans-identified school workers in the U.S. and Canada. The survey was sent via social media and targeted affinity groups and listservs (e.g., Trans Educators Network). This project, currently the largest survey of trans workers in education to date, provides a more robust snapshot of the lives of trans school workers and their needs in the workplace. Insights and reflections on the process used in the design of this survey and its implementation have the potential to shift how survey research is conducted in educational settings with trans workers. This study aims to give schools, administrations, and other stakeholders a better understanding of how to support a population they may not be best serving currently. The event is sponsored by the College of Education’s Department of Educational Studies. Registration is required.


Transgender Awareness Week

Monday, Nov. 15-19 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Safe Zone Student Lounge (2418 Student Center)
 (Educational Engagement/Cultural Exploration)

For Transgender Awareness Week, Safe Zone will host a visibility campaign on social media with posts about Trans-inclusive resources and media. Information on the Trans community will also be available in the information displays, and Trans and Nonbinary pride flag print buttons will be available for students in the center to allow them to promote awareness for their identities. For more information, contact the Safe Zone Resource Center at 205-348–7297 or safezone@ua.edu.


Inclusion, Belonging, and a Growth Mindset: Revising the Syllabus Webinar

Friday, Nov. 19 | Noon-1 p.m. | 3104 Student Center
(Cultural Exploration/Social Enrichment) 

Inclusion, Belonging and Growth Mindset workshop informationThis lunch-hour workshop is about creating a sense of inclusion, belonging and a growth mindset for students in the classroom. Focusing in particular on syllabus (re-)design, the workshop consists of small group discussion and peer workshop of syllabi. Participants will be able to design or revise their own course syllabi during the workshop. This workshop is a continuation of the DEI-sponsored webinar “Inclusion, Belonging, and a Growth Mindset: Reconsidering the Syllabus,” held on Oct. 7. Participation in the previous webinar is not a requirement for the current event. Lunch will be provided. For more information on this workshop, contact Dr. Cassander L. Smith, UA Provost Faculty Fellow, clsmith17@ua.edu.


Trans Day of Remembrance Vigil

Friday, Nov. 19 | 6 p.m. | Student Center Lawn | Refreshments in Safe Zone Student Lounge after the vigil
(Cultural Exploration)

The annual Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) Vigil allows the community to come together to remember the lives lost due to Transphobic violence in the previous year. Members of the community will stand together as we read out the list of names of those lost in the previous year and reflect on the day. TDOR is typically observed on November 20, but the center will host the vigil the Friday night prior. For more information, contact the Safe Zone Resource Center at 205-348-7297 or safezone@ua.edu.


Home for the Holidays

Monday, Nov. 22 | 5-6 p.m. | Safe Zone Resource Center (2418 Student Center)
(Cultural Exploration/Social Enrichment) 

Person lighting candles photo by cottonbro from PexelsSafe Zone’s Home for the Holidays event is a discussion and community building event that takes place before students head home for the semester. This program offers students, faculty and staff an opportunity to explore going home for the holidays and navigating family, friends and community dynamics. Individuals who participate will have an opportunity to explore how to set boundaries, have critical conversations, and celebrate the holiday season safely with individuals in their lives. Students will gather under the guidance of the counseling center. The center will provide snacks to attendees. For more information, contact the Safe Zone Resource Center at 205-348-7297 or safezone@ua.edu.