Ball State University is often credited as the first university in the nation to found a campus Safe Zone program, in 1992. At that time, the program was known by two names “Safe on Campus” and “Staff, Administration, and Faculty for Equality on Campus” and was run by the Lesbian, Bisexual, and Gay Student Association. Since that time Safe Zone programs have been established on college campuses throughout the country and internationally. In the Spring of 2002, two students at the University of Alabama, Eli Strong and Amanda Schuber, started what would go on to become the UA Safe Zone program. These students created a training program that was designed to increase awareness and knowledge of important issues affecting LGBTQA+ faculty, staff, and students.
Currently, UA Safe Zone is an initiative of the University of Alabama’s Division of Student Affairs. It is run collaboratively by a committee of faculty, staff, and graduate students. The Ally Training program in use today was first developed in the summer of 2007 and has been continuously revised, most recently in the summer of 2014, to ensure the accuracy of the information presented. In the Fall of 2014, the University of Alabama opened the Safe Zone Resource Center in room 2419 of the Ferguson Student Center. The goal of the Safe Zone Resource Center is to provide ongoing educational opportunities and resources to the University of Alabama community.