Safe Zone

Logo for Tiffin University Safe Zone

What is a “Safe Zone”

  • The Safe Zone symbol is a message to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual (LGBTQIA) students and colleagues that this is a safe place where one may be open about their identity without fear.  This space herby respects all people including their sexual identity, physical sex and gender identity.  The person displaying the Safe Zone symbol has participated in a training workshop to increase their awareness and sensitivity to LGBTQIA issues and is one who can serve as a referral/resource person.

What is the purpose of “Safe Zone” Trainings?

  • The purpose of the “Safe Zone” training is to reduce LGBTQIA oppression on the Tiffin University campus and in the Tiffin community by educating students, staff, faculty and community members on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual issues. Through this training people can become better systems of support for LGBTQIA individuals. The overall mission of this project is to raise awareness of LGBTQIA issues and pledge a commitment to fostering an environment on campus that is inclusive of one’s physical sex, gender identity and/or sexual orientation.

Why do we need a “Safe Zone” at Tiffin University?

  • The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual (LGBTQIA) community is often the victim of unjustified discrimination and violence.  A “Safe Zone” works to diminish such discrimination by establishing visible places that work to remove stereotypical barriers and promote respect for individuals of all sexes, sexual identities and gender identities.

If you have any questions about Safe Zone or would like to have a Safe Zone workshop presented for your office or organization, please contact Jacob Simon at or 419-448-3421.

Below is a list of faculty and staff members who have been through at least one Safe Zone training and are willing to serve as a support system for students who would like to talk to someone. These individuals are not necessarily trained counselors but are willing to provide a safe space for students.

FirstLastOffice LocationPhone NumberEmail
JenniferBoucherGillmor Student
JillEarlGillmor Student
Ana PaulaFantiniHanson
NoahFoxGillmor Student
MichaelHerdlickGillmor Student
NicholasReinhardGillmor Student
JacobSimonGillmor Student
LeonardReaves IIIHertzer