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!
Our April 2016 schedule planning will be underway in early spring, but until then, check out some of the events we held last year, below!
UAA SafeZone is grateful to all of our UAA sponsors who supported our 5th Annual SafeZone Celebration Week in April 2015, and we look forward to working with you all again for April 2016!
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 the April 2015 events that were held at UAA:
April 9, 2015: Launch & FREE Lunch
Join us as we launch our 4th Annual SafeZone Celebration week, featuring:
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)
April 10: Lavender Lunch
Join us for this very special edition of the Lavender Lunch for our SafeZone Celebration, featuring musical artist Jennifer Knapp.
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?”
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
April 13: Free showing of "Training Rules"
Training Rules. Unrated. Running time: 62 minutes
Coach Rene Portland's three rules:
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
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.
Presented by UAA SafeZone and sponsored by Student Activities
Location: Student Union Den
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
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
What'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.
April 16: Documentary Showing: The Worst Place in the World to Be Gay
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.
Time: 7:00 pm (start)
April 17: Day of Silence
The 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
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)
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:
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.
April 17: Night of Noise
Help us wrap up the National Day of Silence with a Night of Noise!
Time: 6-9pm with photo booth 6:30-8:30pm
Location: Student Union