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San Diego State University's SafeZones program to celebrate 5 years

SAN DIEGO -- San Diego State University (SDSU) will celebrate the fifth anniversary of its SafeZones program at a special National Coming Out Day event on Thursday, Oct. 10.

SafeZones@SDSU was formed in 2007 in response to a series of homophobic events at SDSU that highlighted a need for programs that actively promoted a safe environment for LGBTQQIA students, faculty, staff, administrators and other members of the campus community. The resulting coalition now provides ally trainings, resource fairs, internships, LGBTQQIA campus programming, and a campus and community-based support network. Almost 700 members of the campus community have received SafeZones training over the past five years.

The celebration, which begins at 4 pm, will include a recognition program at 4:10 pm, followed by a National Coming Out Day panel.

SDSU President Elliot Hirshman is scheduled to attend the event and address the crowd to recognize faculty and staff who were instrumental in the development and implementation of the SafeZones program on campus.

The National Coming Out Day panel presentation will feature Dr. Oliva Espin, Professor Emerita in the SDSU Department of Women’s Studies; Wesley Ortiz, Transgender Affairs Coordinator for the SDSU Queer Student Union and member of Delta Lambda Social Fraternity for Gay, Bisexual and Progressive Men; and Sophia Arredondo, Hillcrest Youth Center Coordinator.

SafeZones@SDSU will also unveil its new logo during the event.

The entire community is welcome to the event which will be held at Scripps Cottage on the SDSU campus.

For more information, contact Dr. Susan Cayleff at cayleff@mail.sdsu.edu or 619-594-5943.