Geneseo's Safe Zone Program


Safe Zone session availability is still being evaluated for in-person and also for virtual experiences. In-person session opportunities continue to be evaluated per state and campus guidelines and will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Virtual options may be available. Availability is limited when offered. Please email Dr. Alice Rutkowski if you have questions. 


2022 Safe Zone Sticker

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Open Student Training Sessions

Students please register using the buttons below, advanced registration is required.

Spots are limited!


Open Academic and Professional Faculty/Staff Training

We recommend renewing your training if you have not been trained since July 1, 2020. 

Fac/Staff, please register using the button below, advanced registration is required.

Full! Applications Closed - Open Faculty/Staff Training - Thursday, August 24, 2023 from 12-3 pm in Bailey 101

Open Faculty/Staff Training - Thursday, October 19, 1-4 pm in Bailey 101



2017 SafeZone Sticker
If you have this version with a printed date prior to 2019, it's time to update your Safe Zone training!
If you have this version of the sticker, it's time to update your Safe Zone training!

Open training sessions

Several open training student sessions and faculty/staff sessions are made available throughout the semester.  Please check for availability.  For information about how to request a training is also included.

Open Training Sessions

What does it mean to be Safe Zone Trained?

It means these individuals identify themselves as allies and are to the best of their ability understanding, supportive and trustworthy. Safe Zone members are committed to treating everyone with the dignity and respect they are entitled to as human beings, regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, gender, level of ability, national background or religion. These individuals are committed to educating themselves about oppression, heterosexism and homophobia, and to combating it on a personal level. 

At SUNY Geneseo, our core group of college faculty, professional, and staff Safe Zone facilitators are trainers who have undergone extensive training by Out Alliance of the Genesee Valley in order to be able to facilitate workshops for the campus.  Our student facilitators have been trained through the academic Safe Zone Train-the-Trainer course: WGST 288: Exp: Safe Zone Train the Trainer.  Participants are members of the campus community who have taken part in a 3-hour Safe Zone workshop facilitated by our cohort of trainers.

Request a Student Safe Zone Training


For emotional, mental, and physical safety resource information and contacts


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Safe Zone Co-Facilitation for the Open Student SZ course

Safe Zone Program Facilitators and Participants

To see a list of current program facilitators, view Safe Zone Facilitators.

To see an alphabetized list of current Safe Zone-trained faculty and staff, view Faculty & Staff Safe Zone Allies

To see a campus map and participating Safe Zone faculty and staff offices organized by location, view Safe Zone Network Sorted By Location.


2018 WGST 288 Safe Zone Train the Trainer Internship Great Day Presentation

Interested in becoming a Geneseo Safe Zone trainer?

2022 applications are open until Oct 19, 2022.  Click the button below to access the webform application for the course.  Class meets in Spring 2023 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30-10:20am.  


Students interested in becoming involved in the Safe Zone program at SUNY Geneseo as a trainer and/or intern must first take Geneseo’s Train-the-Trainer course (WGST 288). Enrollment in this course is only offered with permission from the instructor and takes place every Fall semester. The course combines elements of queer theory, open discussion, and a Geneseo-specific insider’s view of the Safe Zone program content.  Course content offers an intimate understanding of the program and its contextual application at the college from an academic, awareness, and social justice standpoint.  Class projects and discussions are generally focused and centered around ways to improve the program’s relevance and cultural competence.

Faculty, staff, and administrators at SUNY Geneseo who are interesting in becoming a Safe Zone trainer are welcome to contact the Safe Zone Program or Dr. Alice Rutkowski for more information.

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