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.





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.







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.








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.





Carlo Morante
Center for Leadership and Social Change
I have a commitment to diversity and inclusion and the transformation of our societies for the better. Being a facilitator allows me to pair this commitment with my passion for education and community development. There is so much value in having an Allies and Safe Zones program because there is still so much work to be done and many pockets of FSU to reach.








Danielle Morgan Acosta, Ph.D.

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!






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.









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.








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.







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.