About the Celebration:

SafeZone Celebration Week is a time to celebrate UAA and the Anchorage communities' Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Queer and Ally (LGBTQA) populations. Through the launch we hope to showcase UAA's inclusive community and the great work that the Anchorage community is doing. It's also a time to show the great partnership between UAA and outside entities. The programs will be both educational and social in nature, giving UAA staff, faculty, students and community members an opportunity to learn, support and shine! 


UAA SafeZone is grateful to all of our UAA sponsors for supporting this event:

Diversity & Compliance

 Student Union & Commuter Student Services | Surculus Studios | Diversity & Compliance

Emerging Leaders Program | Multicultural Center | Student Activities 

UAA Parking Services | Residence Life | Margo Sorum

University Housing, Dining & Conference Services | UAA Athletics

Residence Hall Association | The Family | Spirit Path Wellness & Yoga Center

Dean of Students Office | Student Access, Advising & Transition | Dr. Bruce Schultz



Scroll down for a complete list of events:

 

April 9: Launch & FREE Lunch

Join us as we launch our 4th Annual SafeZone Celebration week, featuring:

  • FREE BBQ Hamburger Lunch & Dessert
  • Keynote Speaker: Jennifer Knapp
  • Student Speaker: Maria Crouch
  • Mistress of Ceremonies: Marva Watson
  • And more!

Presented by UAA SafeZone and sponsored by Student Union & Commuter Student Services, Residence Life, and the Office of Campus Diversity & Compliance.

Time: 12pm-2pm

Location: Student Union Cafeteria

Parking: This event features free parking in the South Parking Lot (in front of the Student Union) and Sports Complex NW lot (to the side of the Wells Fargo Sports Complex) from 11:30am-2:30pm only, courtesy of UAA Parking Services.

 

 

April 9: Jennifer Knapp Lecture

Join us for a FREE lecture featuring SafeZone Launch Keynote speaker Jennifer Knapp.

Presented by Student Activities with UAA SafeZone

Time: 7pm (start)
Location:  Student Union Den, 1st Floor
Parking:
This event features free parking in the South Parking Lot (in front of the Student Union) and Sports Complex NW lot (to the side of the Wells Fargo Sports Complex), beginning at 6:30 pm, courtesy of Parking Services.

 

April 10: Lavender Lunch

Laveder Lunch headerJoin us for this very special edition of the Lavender Lunch for our SafeZone Celebration, featuring musical artist Jennifer Knapp.

Lavender Lunches are informal discussions that take place at UAA throughout during the academic year. Events range from presentations to informal talks on a variety of topics related to GLBTQA issues. Anyone interested may attend these free discussions. Bring your own "lavender bag" lunch or Subway sandwich cards will be provided.

Presented by UAA SafeZone, Student Activities & Student Union & Student Commuter Services

Time: 12-1pm
Location:
Student Union Leadership Lab, 2nd Floor
Parking: Free Parking on Fridays

 

April 10:  Jennifer Knapp Concert

Highly recognized as a premier artist in the Christian Contemporary Music genre, Jennifer Knapp chose to confront long-held speculation with a very public “coming out” in 2010. From interviews with CNN, The Advocate & Christianity Today, to countless Internet blogs and a featured appearance on Larry King Live, the main question on everybody’s lips was “Can you be Gay and Christian?”

Jennifer conversationally tells her story, revealing an intimate side that adds newfound depth and meaning to her music and lyrics. It is the story of an honest, vulnerable and questioning soul, living out a journey of life, love and faith.

Join Jennifer in concert as she weaves her narrative with her music.

Visit UAATix.com to purchase tickets.

Presented by Student Activities with UAA SafeZone.

Time: 7pm (start)
Location:
  Lucy Cuddy Hall, UAA campus

Contact Information: 
UAA Student Activities
907-786-1219
events@uaa.alaska.edu

Ticket Information: 

  • General Public: $7

  • UA Staff/Faculty: $5

  • Youth (under 12) $5

Other Information:Only UAA students can use UAA student tickets. Each ticket holder must have a valid UAA ID and present it at the show. UAA Students are limited to 2 tickets. Both tickets must be for UAA Students taking 6 credits or more.

Parking:  Free on Fridays

 

April 11: Skinny Raven Superhero Showdown Prep

Whether you plan to run the Super Hero Showdown 5K or just watch, join us in the Gorsuch Commons, part of UAA's residential community, for a little face painting and glitter first!

For more race details, visit Superhero Showdown.

Time: 9:30am (Race starts at 10:20am)
Location for Face painting: Gorsuch Commons Grand Hallway, 3700 Sharon Gagnon Lane

 

April 12: The Family Lunch

Meet The Family, UAA's LGBTQ+ student club, for lunch! Meet new people, connect with campus resources, and with club officer elections later in April, learn how you can become involved!  Food and beverages provided.

Time: 12-1pm
Location: Leadership Lab, 2nd Floor, Student Union
Parking:
Free on weekends
 

 

April 12: The Family & SafeZone Campus Cleanup

Join The Family, UAA's LGBTQ+ student club, and UAA SafeZone for a campus-clean up.  Trash pickers, gloves and safety vests will be provided.

Time: 1-3pm
Location: Meet outside, in front of the UAA Campus Bookstore
Parking: Free on weekends

 

 

April 12: Yoga & Ho'oponopono Meditation

Join us for a 1 hour yoga/meditation class in support of SafeZone celebration week! New and experienced yogis are welcome. Bring a yoga mat if you have one, and all other props will be provided.

This healing practice includes the repetition of the 4 phrases of Ho'oponopono for self-healing: “I'm Sorry” “Please Forgive Me” “I Love You” “Thank You” While holding gentle yoga postures, students will be encouraged to practice using the phrases. This practice can have amazing effects.

Featuring instructor Margo Sorum, RYT. Margo's extensive resume reflects 17 years of yoga study with a large diversity of mentors and disciplines.


*FREE for UAA students who present a student ID
*A $5 suggested donation for community members to benefit the SafeZone program.

Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Spirit Path Wellness & Center, Galerie North Center (in front of the University Center)

Parking: Free

Presented by UAA SafeZone and Spirit Path Wellness.

 

April 13: Transparency & TV

Some dramas and comedies are very transparent when it comes to LGBT issues. Free refreshments available courtesy of the the Daily Den program.

Presented by UAA SafeZone and sponsored by Student Union & Commuter Service Services SUCSS-Logo-Web-Banner

Time: 12-3pm
Location:
Student Union Den

 

April 13: Free showing of "Training Rules"

Training Rules. Unrated. Running time: 62 minutes

Coach Rene Portland's three rules:

  1. No Drinking
  2. No Drugs
  3. No Lesbians

Training Rules examines how women's collegiate sports, caught in a web of homophobic practices, collude in the destruction of the lives and dreams of many of its most talented athletes. Features an opportunity for discussion after the film.

Click here to view the trailer.

Presented by UAA SafeZone and sponsored by UAA Athletics

Time: 7-9pm
Location: Alaska Airlines Center Auxiliary Gym
Parking: This event features free parking in the Alaska Airlines Main Lot beginning at 6:30pm, courtesy of Parking Services.

 

April 14: Free Showing of "The Imitation Game"

The Imitation Game.  Rated PG-13. 114 minutes. 

The Imitation Game is a 2014 historical thriller directed by Morten Tyldum, with a screenplay by Graham Moore loosely based on the biography Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the British cryptanalyst Alan Turing, who helped solve the Enigma code during the Second World War and was later prosecuted for homosexuality.

This event is free and open to all.  Free snacks and beverages will  be provided.

Presented by UAA SafeZone and sponsored by Student ActivitiesStudent Activities

Location: Student Union Den
Time: 7pm (start)

Parking:
This event features free parking in the South Parking Lot (in front of the Student Union) and Sports Complex NW lot (to the side of the Wells Fargo Sports Complex), beginning at 6:30 pm, courtesy of Parking Services.

 

April 15: Transparency & TV

Some dramas and comedies are very transparent when it comes to LGBT issues. Free refreshments available courtesy of the Department of Residence Life.

Presented by UAA SafeZone and sponsored by the Department of Residence Life

Time: 12-3pm
Location: Gorsuch Commons, UAA On-Campus Living community

 

April 15: SafeZone's Sequins & Suits Drag Show

Come join us as we continue SafeZone Celebration Week with an amazing drag show. Watch the performers strut their stuff at the UAA Student Union. Find out information about upcoming activities taking place during the week. There will also be other goodies throughout the night. Donations will go to UAA SafeZone and The Family - UAA's LGBTQ+ Student Club to help support the University's LGBTQ+ community.

Featuring DJ Spencer Lee & free mocktails courtesy of the Diversity collateral and Alcohol, Drug & Wellness Education.

Time: 7pm (start)

Location: Student Union Cafeteria

$5 for community members

$2 for students with any valid student ID 

 

April 16: SafeZone Ally Trainings

SafeZone, UAA, GLBTQA, training, Ally, Allies, Students, Staff, FacultyWhat's GLBTQA? Gay, Straight, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, Asexual or Ally, etc.  UAA is comprised of a diverse population of students, staff and faculty. Help us be more inclusive and join us for a SafeZone Ally training!

UAA SafeZone offers a visible message of inclusion, support, and advocacy through 2-hour Ally trainings, taking participants through a variety of activities aimed at expanding horizons and cultivating thoughts. Ally trainings  help participants examine their thoughts and views while prepping them to become better allies for the GLBTQA community. Join us for this fun and eye-opening event! 

Registration: To register, or if you have questions about this event, please email SafeZone@uaa.alaska.edu.

2 Times to choose from:  1-3pm (Training #1) or 4-6pm (Training #2)
Location
: Lyla Richards conference room #103, Student Union

 

April 16: Documentary Showing: The Worst Place in the World to Be Gay

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The Worst Place in the World to Be Gay

Scott Mills travels to Uganda where the death penalty could soon be introduced for being gay. The gay Radio 1 DJ finds out what it's like to live in a society which persecutes people like him and meets those who are leading the hate campaign.  A discussion will follow.

Presented by UAA's Multicultural Center and Student Activities in partnership with UAA SafeZone

Time: 7:00 pm (start)
Location: Multicultural Center, Rasmuson Hall, Suite 106

 

April 17: Day of Silence

DayOfSilenceBannerThe National Day of Silence is a day of action in which students across the country vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools.

Founded in 1996, the Day of Silence has become the largest single student-led action towards creating safer schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. From the first-ever Day of Silence at the University of Virginia in 1996, to the organizing efforts in over 8,000 middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities across the country in 2008, its textured history reflects its diversity in both numbers and reach.

Join us in action--be silent or choose to be a vocal ally for the Day of Silence!

Location: Campus-wide

 

April 17: Day of Silence Meditation

Day of Silence is a national day of action in which students across the country vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools.

Bring a blanket and pillow and learn how to turn 15-20 minutes into a valuable tool for "resetting" and quieting the mind with Yoga Nidra.  Participants will be led through a brief, guided meditation for relaxation and will have an opportunity to reflect on the value of compassion and self-expression. All abilities welcome.

Presented by UAA SafeZone and sponsored by UAA Residence Life

Time: 11:20-12pm (please arrive by 11:20 so as to not disturb participants)
Location:
Gorsuch Commons

 

April 17: Gatekeeper Training

Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training. Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention is a brief educational program designed to teach "gatekeepers"--those who are strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide (e.g., parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, coaches, caseworkers, police officers)--the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond by following three steps:

  • Question the individual's desire or intent regarding suicide
  • Persuade the person to seek and accept help
  • Refer the person to appropriate resources

This 2-hour training is delivered by certified instructors and covers (1) the epidemiology of suicide and current statistics, as well as myths and misconceptions about suicide and suicide prevention; (2) general warning signs of suicide; and (3) the three target gatekeeper skills (i.e., question, persuade, refer). The training provides standardized role-play dialogue for use in a behavioral rehearsal practice session.

Presented by UAA SafeZone

Time: 1-3pm
Location:
Lyla Richards Conference Room, 1st Floor, Student Union

 

April 17: Night of Noise

Help us wrap up the National Day of Silence with a Night of Noise!

Join us for this very special end to the day with music, food, fun and a photo booth!

Presented by UAA SafeZone and sponsored by Student Union & Commuter Student Services, The Family student club and the Residence Hall Association.

Time: 6-9pm with photo booth 6:30-8:30pm

Location:  Student Union