September 2022


Safe Zone Family Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 1 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Safe Zone Student Lounge
(Cultural Exploration/Educational Engagement/Social Enrichment)
*Open only to UA students 

The Safe Zone Resource Center will host a Family Meeting to discuss the expectations and norms of its Student Lounge with students. Students will learn about intersectional inclusion and healthy communication skills. They will be able to collaboratively create the norms and expectations of the space together. Catering will be provided for attendees and there will for prizes. For more information, contact Safe Zone at safezone@ua.edu.


Rainbow Connection

cartoon-like people of various colorsFriday, September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 | 2-3 p.m. | Safe Zone Lounge
(Cultural Exploration/Educational Engagement/Social Enrichment)
*Open only to UA students 

The Safe Zone Resource Center will host its weekly support and dialogue group for LGBTQIA+ identified students and their allies, Rainbow Connection. This 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 at safezone@ua.edu.


Cinnamon Rolls Not Gender Roles

pink background with event infoTuesday, Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27 | 1 p.m. | Safe Zone Student Lounge
(Cultural Exploration/Educational Engagement/Social Enrichment)
*Open to UA students, faculty and staff

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 the current culture and climate. Registration required. For more information, contact Safe Zone at safezone@ua.edu.


Education Abroad: Study Abroad Pop-Up Advising

Tuesday, Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27 | 2-3 p.m. | Safe Zone Resource Center
(Cultural Exploration/Educational Engagement)
*Open only to UA students 

The Capstone International Center will host weekly information sessions on studying abroad. These information sessions will provide advising on the overall process and timeline for studying abroad, dispelling myths about Education Abroad, and program searching. For more information, please contact the Study Abroad office at studyabroad@ua.edu.


New Faculty & Staff Ally Training Program

Thursday, Sept. 8 | 2-4:30 p.m. | 3700 Student Center Forum
(Cultural Exploration/Educational Engagement)
*Open to UA students, faculty and staff

sky with rainbow elephant logo and tree topsThe Division of Diversity Equity and Inclusion will host the Ally Training Program, which provides a visible network of allies for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) individuals. The training will be lead UA Safe Zone and Safe Zone Allies will distribute information about sexuality, gender identity, campus and community resources, and methods for reporting harassment and/or discrimination.

The Safe Zone Ally Training Program is a two-hour training session that allows participants to develop a working knowledge of appropriate and respectful LGBTQIA+ terminology; recognize the impact that campus climate has on individuals who identify as LGBTQIA+; and identify areas of personal growth as a member of the UA community. Following the training program, participants are invited to sign up to serve as UA Safe Zone Allies. Registration is required. For more information, contact the Safe Zone Resource Center at 205-348-7297 or safezone@ua.edu.


Sex Ed Bingo: Safer Sex for Everyone

Tuesday, Sept. 13 | 6-8 p.m. | 3111 Student Center
(Cultural Exploration/Educational Engagement/Social Enrichment)
*Open only to UA students 

black background with colorful bingo thingsThis program is a segment of a multipart sex education series. In this session Safe Zone will partner with Five Horizons Health Services to discuss safer sex practices and offer STI testing for participants. Attendees can play Bingo for prizes and pizza and drinks will be provided. Register for this event. For more information, contact the Safe Zone Resource Center at safezone@ua.edu.


AIDS Quilt Exhibit for National HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

black background with phots of the AIDS quiltMonday, Sept. 19, 2022 | Noon-3 p.m. | Intercultural Diversity Center
(Educational Engagement)
*Open to UA students, faculty and staff, UA System

The Intercultural Diversity Center and Five Horizons will host a special observance of National HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, which is recognized on Sept. 18. The day brings attention to the growing number of people living long and full lives with HIV and to their health and social needs. This program will feature AIDS Quilt panels shipped from California. The National AIDS Memorial, through a partnership with AIDS Quilt Touch, brings all 50,000 panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt to people all around the world to experience each panel’s story, beauty and love that represents one of the largest acts of activism and social justice. Register for the event. For more information, contact the Intercultural Diversity Center, 2100 Student Center, at ua_idc@ua.edu.


Bisexual Awareness Week

Sept. 19-26 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Safe Zone Student Lounge
(Cultural Exploration/Educational Engagement/Social Enrichment)

Safe Zone Resource Center will have information on the bisexual community and resources available in the Student Lounge. Bisexual pride flag print buttons will be available for students, faculty and staff who want to celebrate their identities. Bisexual Awareness Week will wrap up with Bi Pride Day on Sept. 23. Safe Zone Staff will lead a discussion on the nuances of bisexual identity from 3-4 p.m. in the Safe Zone Student Lounge (Student Center 2418). Register for Bi Pride Day. at https://tinyurl.com/deiprograms. For more information, contact the Safe Zone Resource Center at safezone@ua.edu. 


Hispanic-Latinx Heritage Film: “Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado”

Wednesday, Sept. 21 | 6-8 p.m. | Heritage Room, 3300 Student Center
(Cultural Exploration/Educational Engagement/Social Enrichment)
*Open to UA students, faculty and staff

Black background with man dressed in white sitting among starsFor Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month, Safe Zone Resource Center will host a screening of “Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado” along with an astrological chart-making event. The film follows the story of Walter Mercado, a gender nonconforming, cape-wearing psychic whose televised horoscopes reached 120 million Latinx viewers a day for 30 years before he mysteriously disappeared. After the film, attendees will have an opportunity to complete their own astrological chart and discuss the film. Catering and door prizes will be provided. Register for this event. For more information, contact Safe Zone Resource Center at safezone@ua.edu.


Bi Pride Day

Friday, Sept. 23 | 3-4 p.m. | Safe Zone Student Lounge

Bi Pride Day is the culmination of Bisexual Awareness Week. Register for Bi Pride Day. For more information, contact the Safe Zone Resource Center at safezone@ua.edu. 


close-up of a plate of fruitLunch and Learn: Coming Out as Latinx

Wednesday, Sept. 28 | Noon-1 p.m. | 2408 Student Center
(Cultural Exploration/Educational Engagement)
*Open to UA students, faculty and staff

Safe Zone Resource Center will host a panel discussion featuring the experiences of LGBTQIA+ Hispanic and Latinx individuals. A catered lunch will be provided. Register for this event. For more information, contact the Safe Zone Resource Center at safezone@ua.edu.