Campus enacts safe zones
By Kari Toland
Safe Zones will be expanded on campus beginning Nov. 16.
A safe zone is a place where students can go if they are dealing with domestic violence, mental health or LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) issues.
Thirty trained staff and faculty members are available to interact with students.
“An individual will be able to go just about anywhere on campus and locate a safe zone rep,” Carla Rabe, assistant campus dean and Safe Zone advisor, said.
Program representatives can be located by a Safe Zone logo posted outside their office for students to obtain resources.
“If you are down by the field house and need assistance with anything, Pam Massey’s office is right there,” Rabe said.
A Safe Zone representative’s role is to listen to the student’s issue and decide which outside resource would aid the individual.
Representatives are specifically trained to guide individuals to the best place for help, such as campus counseling services or in the community.
Safe Zones at UW-Fox have partnered with locations like Harbor House and Harmony Café in downtown Appleton.
“The reason Harmony Café exists, why we were created, was to provide a safe zone in our community.
“Our safe zone values are spelled out in our ‘Check It At The Door’ declaration, which is posted, taught and upheld at each location,” Shannon Kenvan, program team leader of Harmony Café, said.
Sessions with Safe Zone representatives are free and confidential.
“Safety is a basic human need like food, water, and air. Some people, for a variety of reasons, feel safe almost anywhere. Others don’t, and so it is important that safe zones exist,” Kenvan said.
“If someone comes into our office, we want them to know that their issue is no different than the next. It is really important to us that they receive the help they need,” Rabe said.
Sophomore Dana Curry is an advocate the Safe Zones program at UW-Fox.
“As a social work major, I think it’s a great idea to have places for someone to go [for immediate assistance]. I think the advisors should go around to classes and inform students about the new safe zones so more people are aware,” Curry said.
To get involved with the Safe Zones program, contact Carla Rabe or Pam Massey.
Additional training seminars for the program are scheduled for spring 2012.