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The Safe Zone Project, through education, advocacy, visibility, and skill development, supports faculty and staff to become allies for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students and colleagues. The Project is designed to radically reduce prejudice and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression at Murray State University by creating a safe and affirming campus. The Safe Zone symbol sends a message that the person or unit displaying it has decided to be an active and visible ally, can be trusted to maintain confidentiality, and will respond to the individual with understanding, support, and empathy.  A national program, the "safe zone" project works to spread awareness about the importance of diversity appreciation and tolerance for all people.  If you are interested in participating in the Safe Zone Project or if you have questions about the program, please contact Jody Cofer Randall at 809-5040 or Dr. Josh Adair at 809-4540.


If you are a FACULTY/STAFF member and would like to participate in the Project, please fill out the form

If you are a STUDENT EMPLOYEE and would like to participate in the project, please fill out the form.

Participant Training Sessions:

General Trainings

  • July 18, 2014 - 10:00-11:30 a.m. - Curris Center Barkley Rm - Available for Employees in the Division of Finance and Administrative Services - Register Here
  • August 1, 2014 - 2:00-3:30 p.m. - Curris Center Barkley Rm - Available for Employees in the Division of Finance and Administrative Services - Register Here
  • August 6, 2014 - 4:00-5:30 p.m. - Public Safety Conference Rm - Available for Supervisory Staff in Public Safety
  • August 13, 2014 - 7:30 p.m. - Hart College Conference Room - Available for Hart and Richmond College RDs, RAs, FYLs, and RCCs
  • August 20, 2014 - 1:00-2:00 p.m. - President's Conference Room - Available for Employees in the Office of the President
  • September 26, 2014 - 2:00-3:30 p.m. - Curris Center Barkley Rm - Open to All Students, Faculty, and Staff - Register Here
  • January 30, 2015 - 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Curris Center Barkley Rm - Open to All Students, Faculty, and Staff - Register Here
Roundtable Discussions with Box Lunch Provided (Limited Space)
  • October 17, 2014 - 12:00 p.m. - Curris Center TN Rm - Intersection of Religion and LGBT Identity - Register Here
    This discussion will feature brief remarks at the beginning by Rev. Dr. Renee Meyer, newly installed pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Murray. Rev. Dr. Meyer will then be involved in the subsequent conversation with attendees. Prior to moving to Murray recently, Rev. Dr. Meyer taught for the Center for Religious Studies at the University of Central Missouri. Academically her interests are in the areas of gender and religions, with a sub-specialty in Christianity and the human body, and eighteen to twentieth  century America. Current research centers on the discourse about homosexuality in mainline Protestantism over the last forty years. Some of her research papers include: “Homosexuality Pathologized: Forty Years of Mainline Debate,” “Fred Phelps and the Christian Right: A Shared Rhetoric” and “Body-Mind-Society: Theorizing Homosexuality.” At present she is working on a second doctorate, an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Religious Studies with a sub-specialty in Sociology at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.
  • March 6, 2015 - 12:00 p.m. - Curris Center TN Rm - Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Issues - Register Here

    Safe Zone Project Participants

    (Updated frequently: As of 8/28/14)


    UNIT PARTICIPANTS (all offices/individuals are participants - individuals in these units are not named in the list that follows)

    • Art and Design, Contact: Chair ZB Smetana
    • Division of Student Affairs (Includes: Adventures in Math and Sciences, Campus Recreation, Career Services, Center for Student Involvement, University Counseling Services - Women's Center, Counseling Center, and Testing Center, Dining Services, First Year Experience, Greek Affairs, Health Services, Housing and Residence Life, Judicial Affairs, LGBT Programming, Multicultural Affairs/Mills Center, Post Office, Office of Recruitment, Retention Office, Scholarship Office, Student Financial Aid, Student Government Association, Student Organizations, Student Support Services, Undergraduate Admissions, University Store, and Wellness Center), Contact: Vice President Don Robertson
    • English and Philosophy, Contact: Chair Staci Stone
    • Hart Residential College, Contact: College Head Greg Gierhart
    • Human Resources, Contact: Interim Director Joyce Gordon
    • Psychology, Contact: Interim Chair Paula Waddill
    • Public Safety, Contact: Interim Chief Roy Dunaway
    • Office of the President, Contact: Melissa Nesbitt
    • Regents Residential College, Contact: College Head Squire Babcock
    • Richmond Residential College, Contact: College Head Lissa Graham
    • Study Abroad Office, Contact: Associate Director for Education Abroad Melanie McCallon
    • University Libraries, Contact: Dean Adam Murray


    Last Name First Name Department/Office
    Allen David
    Early Childhood and Elementary Education
    Allen Charley
    University Communications
    Allenbaugh Rachel
    Amundson Kara
    Atkins Caroline
    Training Resource Center
    Balthrop David Theatre
    Barnett Cindy Modern Languages
    Martin Political Science and Sociology
    Beahan Charlotte History
    Beaver Jeanne Art and Design
    Beck Ann Political Science and Sociology
    Bloomdahl Susana Educational Studies, Leadership, and Counseling
    Bodevin Leon Modern Languages
    Bolin Duane History
    Bowland Lea Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA)
    Bradley Matthew
    St. John's Episcopal Church (Campus Minister)
    Brantley Amanda
    Educational Studies, Leadership, and Counseling
    Brookhiser Judy Wellness and Therapeutic Sciences
    Broughton Corky
    Applied Health Science and White College
    Brown Ted Dean's Office, Humanities and Fine Arts
    Byrd Scott  Political Science and Sociology
    Callahan Kathy History
    Campbell Misty 
    Adolescent, Career, and Special Education
    Campoy  Renee College of Education
    Cansler Slone
    Hopkinsville Regional Campus
    Chavis Llena Health Sciences and Human Services
    Chen Si Computer Science
    Choate Gloria Institutional Effectiveness
    Cofer Randall
    Jody Undergraduate Research and LGBT Programming
    Coleman Crystal
    Organizational Communication and           Elizabeth College
    Crocker Jen
    Lowry Center / Library
    Crofton John Physics and Engineering
    Crosier Amy
    Computer Science
    Crouch Lauren
    Training Resource Center
    D'Ambrosio Mike Music
    Davies Robert
    President's Office
    Derting Terry Biological Sciences
    Doering Natalie Health and Physical Education
    Donnelly Rob
    Mathematics and Statistics
    Duffy Cami Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA)
    Duncan Renae Provost's Office
    Dunham Marty Educational Studies, Leadership, and Counseling
    Ebert Reika Modern Languages
    Erikson Debra Early Childhood and Elementary Education
    Evans Jessica
    Institutional Effectiveness
    Evans Misty  Basic Education
    Ferreira Bertus Criminal Justice
    Field-Bartholomew Tana Music
    Freels Mike
    Henderson Regional Campus
    Fuller Claire Biological Sciences
    Ganley Scott
    Hopkinsville Regional Campus
    Garfinkel Sandra Development
    Garrett Mica
    Modern Languages
    Gierhart Greg Early Childhood and Elementary Education and Hart College
    Graham-Schneider Lissa Theatre and Richmond College
    Graves Paige
    Organizational Communication
    Greer Bobbie Continuing Education
    Hansen Jacqueline Early Childhood and Elementary Education
    Hatakeyama Yoko Modern Languages
    Hedges Joe Journalism and Mass Communications
    Hendley Ali
    Political Science and Sociology
    Higginson Bonnie College of Education
    Hilton Marjorie History
    Hobbs Marcia Nursing
    Hoffacker Tom
    Hudspeth Regina
    Organizational Communication
    Jaggers Jason Applied Health Sciences
    Johnsonius Linda Center for Undergraduate Business Advising
    Joiner Lisa
    Hopkinsville Regional Campus
    Jones Jayme
    University Communications
    Jones Matt
    Kearney Barbara Nursing
    Kemp Vicki Institute for International Studies
    King Brandi Early Childhood and Elementary Education
    Lochte Kate WKMS
    Locke Scott Music
    Mateja Sally
    Institutional Review Board
    McCutchen Pat Political Science and Sociology
    Miller Fred MGT/MKT/Business Admin, Global Studies Program
    Mitchell Christopher
    Muenzberg John
    Humanities and Fine Arts
    Mulligan Bill History
    Munke Peggy Social Work
    Murray Lilia
    Faculty Development Center
    Ortega Heidi Theatre
    Patel Samir Educational Studies, Leadership, and Counseling
    Patterson Lynn Early Childhood and Elementary Education
    Pearson Kelly Jeanne Mathematics and Statistics
    Perlow Michael Nursing
    Phillipy Darryl Theater
    Pitman Tiffany
    Training Resource Center
    Pizzo David History
    Rashid Taufiq History
    Rea Stephanie Music
    Reed Mary Tripp Economics and Finance
    Roe Lori
    Institutional Research
    Royalty Jason
    Accounting and Financial Services
    Saint Paul Therese Modern Languages
    Sanders Michele
    Information Systems
    Smith Ramona Comp. Science and Information Systems
    Sneed Tony
    Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA)
    Stanislaw Leigh
    Procurement Services
    Stewart Rachel
    Information Systems
    Stone John
    Hopkinsville Regional Campus
    Swisher Eric Music
    Thomas Elizabeth PR, Advertising, and Social Media
    Thome Edward Mathematics and Statistics
    Tillson Lou Organizational Communication
    Totty Stephanie
    Center for Undergraduate Business Advising
    Traylor Courtney
    Student Assistant, Housing
    Trzepacz Chris
    Biological Sciences
    Utgaard Bentley Office of Regional Outreach
    Wagner Mindy
    University Communications
    Webb Caroline
    English as a Second Language
    Weber Carolyn
    Adolescent, Career, and Special Education
    Wezner Kelly
    Institutional Effectiveness
    Watters Amy
    Bursar's Office
    Williams Jenilee
    Organizational Communication
    Wylie Jeffrey Social Work

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