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Allies & Safe Zones Facilitators


Facilitators for Allies & Safe Zones serve the Florida State University community through voluntarily sharing their perspectives and backgrounds into contributing to the 101 workshops. They represent many departments and individual identities, in doing so the program strives to create a space where all participants have the opportunity to engage with Allies & Safe Zones with someone that may have ties to their own.

 

 

 

 

Alan Acosta

Dean of Students Department

 

I chose to be an Allies & Safe Zones facilitator because I believe it is imperative for me to support the LGBTQ+ community in any way I can, including through the education of others through this program. Allies & Safe Zones provides an opportunity for people to learn, grow, explore, and critically reflect on their own identity and the identities of other people. I feel making our campuses more inclusive for all students, faculty, and staff is my primary responsibility, and volunteering as a facilitator helps me accomplish that goal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carolyn Harris

Student Government Association

 

Being a Allies and Safe Zones facilitator has been a part of my professional role since I began my work in Student Government Association in the summer of 2013. My initial ties and passion for the work of educating others about LGBTQ+ issues stemmed from my direct connection to folks in my family who identify as LGBTQ+. As I learn and grow in my ally development, I continue to do this work because I know how important it is for students, faculty, and staff in the FSU community to understand, accept, and support members of the LGBTQ+ group. Through this program, we have created a community of care that extends even beyond this campus. We are a community that has worked hard to learn from and understand differences and it has been a great pleasure to continue to do this important work with colleagues that care.

 

 

 

 

Danielle Morgan Acosta

Student Government Association

 

I appreciate the opportunity to facilitate, create, and participate in learning opportunities about topics that I am so passionate about. The Allies & Safe Zones program really seeks to share information so that we can all be better professionals, peers, and members of society. I continue my participation because I not only believe in the program, but am called to support and continue learning myself to serve as a resource and better support students and the institution.

 

 

 

 

Estee Hernández

Center for Leadership & Social Change

 

Despite the victories the LGBTQ+ community has had in recent history, there is so much more work left to be done. Health and income disparities, hunger and homelessness, and violence, in particular, still affect large sects of the community. It is incumbent upon us here at FSU to do our part to educate our community members about these issues and how they may ally from their standpoint. I hope, too, that our FSU family members can see me as a resource and a source of support!

 

 

 

 

Gabriel Marenco-Garcia

Oglesby Union

 

I want to continuously provide spaces for individuals to come as they are, whoever they are, however they identify. I do this work so that individuals know that they can count on someone to support and advocate for them as well as validate their lived experiences.

 

 

 

 

 

Hope Young

Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement

 

As a graduate student at Florida State, I have the opportunity to work with people from all across campus and take witness to the institution's efforts to promote inclusivity and diversity. I chose to be an Allies & Safe Zone facilitator to continue educating Florida State’s students, faculty and staff on issues that pertain to the LGBTQ+ community, while finding ways to support that very same community. As more social issues in our country come to the forefront, there becomes a greater need for members of the Florida State community to come together to learn about identities that might not align with their own and reflect on how they can use that information to better this institution, to better our city, and to better our society.

 

 

 

 

 

Josh Kinchen

Student Government Association

 

In being a facilitator and coordinator for the Allies & Safe Zones, I'm striving to fulfill the internal promise that our campus community will be one where anyone can express themselves fully without fear of ignorance, prejudice, or violence. I'm fortunate to be at an institution where a program such as Allies & Safe Zones has a great deal of support from many quarters. This creates an environment where everyone, though especially those in the LGBTQ+ community, can learn, grow, and work in a safer, more accepting and supportive environment.

 

 

 

 

 

Kori Pruett

Center for Health Advocacy and Wellness

 

After attending the training three years ago, I knew I wanted to be involved in creating a space where folks can unpack their experiences and apply various lens to explore those experiences. Creating safe spaces where LBGTQ+ community members thrive should be a core value of our institution.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kristin D. Zaideman

Career Center

 

I became an Allies and Safe Zone Facilitator because I feel it is important for our campus and the Tallahassee community to spread knowledge, awareness, and support for the LGBTQ+ community. I find a lot of satisfaction in advocating for the LGBTQ+ community and enjoy volunteering my time for this program.

 

 

 

 

 

Mecia Lockwood

Student Government Association

 

Knowledge can open the door to really understanding and becoming an ally to a community. For me, it is important to be involved in the process of educating others so that we can create safe spaces for the LGBTQ+ community at FSU. By having open and honest dialogue, we can start the movement of taking action towards being an effective ally.

 

 

 

 

 

Miguel Angel Hernandez

Center for Leadership & Social Change

 

Serving as a Safe Zone facilitator for the past 12 years at various institutions aligns with my personal and professional goal of working toward creating diverse and inclusive communities. I aim to focus my efforts as an administrator on developing culturally responsive practices reflected in our policies, procedures, and decision making. Finally, serving as a resource throughout our FSU and Tallahassee is one way I choose to serve my community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trinity Gonzalez

Oglesby Union

 

I am a facilitator for this wonderful program because human rights are extremely important to me, and I want to live in a world where everyone is free to live their lives without fear of discrimination and hate. Additionally, I enjoy the opportunity to educate the FSU community on LGBTQ+ issues so that more of us are actively engaged in creating safe, inclusive, and welcoming environments for our students.