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ALLIES & SAFE ZONES

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Grace Wilson
Student Governance & Advocacy

 

Education is the strongest resource we have to combat ignorance and prejudice in our FSU community and the world. I facilitate Allies & Safe Zones in an effort to support my family, my friends, and my community. I am very passionate about the collaborative learning experiences that happen within the Allies & Safe Zones workshop. These created spaces act as a catalyst for exploration in a safe space, while also engaging participants in a co-constructed learning process that helps them create safe spaces for others. Allyship is about finding your voice and amplifying the voices of others. It’s about understanding the lived experiences of folks who are historically marginalized and gaining perspective. It’s about working together to build a more inclusive FSU community and world.  

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Brooke Schmalhorst
Dean of Students Department

 

I am a facilitator for Allies and Safe Zones because it is important to me that people continue to be educated on a community that experiences so much hate and discrimination all over the world. The LGBTQ+ community is large and diverse and includes a large population of our students, which includes several people who have had a meaningful impact on my life. I believe it is my job and purpose as a hearing officer and student affairs professional to create a space where all students feel secure and that they know they have our support. I believe through education, differences can be celebrated instead of persecuted, and I plan to be an active part of that change.

 

 

 

 

 

Carolyn Harris

Student Governance & Advocacy

 

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.

 

 

 

Christina (Chris) Carroll

International Programs

 

My motivation to be a facilitator for this program is based on a deep personal and professional belief in the importance of promoting acceptance, inclusion, and support for the LGBTQ+ community. Working with this program is particularly important to me because it allows me to take that belief and put it into action here at FSU. For this reason, I relish every opportunity to volunteer for this program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Danielle Morgan Acosta, Ph.D.

Student Governance & Advocacy

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Da’Shaun Scott

Student Governance & Advocacy

 

I decided to be a facilitator for Allies & Safe Zone to help educate people and give them an opportunity to learn about how they can be an ally for the LGBTQ+ community. I want to help people understand the importance of equality, fairness, acceptance, and mutual respect.

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

Felicia Youngblood
Physics; Music

Every person has felt the need for support and safety, on some level, in their personal and professional lives. Facilitating spaces for the creation of allies in these circumstances is particularly necessary on college campuses, where people from diverse backgrounds converge and establish their own identities within the new culture that they are working to create. Recognizing that all people need support and care as they develop and embrace their identities, I provide my time to FSU’s LGBTQ+ community through Allies & Safe Zones with the hopes that this care can extend far beyond FSU.

 

 

 

 

 

Joshua Morgan
The Career Center
               
Members of the LGBTQ+ community deserve a safe campus - and society - where they are valued unconditionally and equitably. As I continue to cultivate my own identity, I would like to share what I have learned with others in a welcoming and evidenced-based manner to promote individual and communal wellness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kelly Clark
University Housing

 

As the Assistant Director for Recruitment and Training for University Housing, it is my job to ensure that our student staff get the most up-to-date and relevant training in order to be the best resources they can be for our students, and one of the ways that I personally feel about being an up-to-date and relevant resource myself is as a Safe Zone Ally. I know that as a campus leader I need to lead the way for others, and one of the best ways I can think to do that is to let those who are marginalized for their identities know that there is someone out there who is willing to lend an ear, be in their corner, and support/advocate for them. I love working at a place that allows people to discover who they are and would love be a part of the celebration of that discovery in any way that I can

 

 

 

Lauren Schoenberger
International Programs

 

I am a facilitator of this program because I appreciate the dedication FSU has made to the LGBTQ+ community and value the importance of educating everyone in our FSU community. Also, providing safe spaces for our students here in Tallahassee and even abroad at our study center locations is important to me. I am honored to be a part of this exceptional program.

 

 

 

 

 

Lily Guerrero
College of Music

 

When we know better, we can do better. Being in the performing arts means that I am always working with members of the LGBTQ+ community and I firmly believe marginalized groups need to show up for each other. Every person should feel included and welcome in any space they enter, and the Allies and Safe Zones program ensures that FSU is a community where we can all find a place to ask questions, discern our identities, and practice love and acceptance.

 

 

 

 

 

Mason Hillis
College of Music

 

The opportunity for me to act as a facilitator for Allies and Safe Zones is not only a chance for me to provide others with a safe space within our community, but it also allows for a natural space for education and growth. It is critical that we approach each other with kindness and respect and I am excited to be able to promote that mindset through 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.

 

 

 

 

Sabrina Smith
College of Social Sciences and Public Policy

 

I am a firm believer that education is the most powerful weapon we have in changing the world we live in. With Allies and Safe Zones, our job as facilitators is to create an environment where we can foster these changes, help encourage healthy conversations and build a safer, more inclusive campus climate. I am passionate about working within the FSU and Tallahassee community and happy to be part of the catalyst for positive, social change. 

 

 

 

 

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.