Safe Zone Program


A-B Tech is a participant in the Safe Zone program, which seeks to create a climate of safety for all members of the College community. When you see the Safe Zone symbol, you will find an individual who is empathetic and informed about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) issues and who is willing and able to provide support and information.

Safe Zone Locations

Safe Zone Members and Locations

Community Resources

LGBTQIA+ Friendly Community Resources

All-Gender Bathrooms

All-Gender Bathrooms on the Asheville Campus 

Preferred First Names

Preferred Name Request Form

Questions? Contact Us! Safe Zone Committee Members:

Elisabeth Green Geyer (Chair) – elisabethfgeyer@abtech.edu

Laura Haire – lauralhaire@abtech.edu

Michele Hathcock – michelechathcock@abtech.edu

Ron Layne – ronaldplayne@abtech.edu

Marshay Proctor-Bates – marshayaproctorbates@abtech.edu

Darryl Rhymes – darrylsrhymes@abtech.edu

Kenna Sommer – kennaksommer@abtech.edu

Student Organization: Queer the Way

Queer the Way society was formed to develop community among A-B Tech students to provide a positive atmosphere and influence for LGBTQIA+ students and allies.  The society encourages networking, education, and awareness to promote healthy relationships and general wellbeing. For more information, contact Porscha Orndorf at porscharorndorf@abtech.edu.