2021 Safezone TrainersSafezone 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 rutkowsk@geneseo.edu if you have questions.  

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.


What does it mean to be Safezone Trained?

It means these individuals identify themselves as allies and are to the best of their ability understanding, supportive and trustworthy. Safezone 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 Safezone 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 Safezone Train-the-Trainer course: WGST 288: Exp: Safezone Train the Trainer.  Participants are members of the campus community who have taken part in a 3-hour Safezone workshop facilitated by our cohort of trainers.

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

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Safezone Program Facilitators and Participants

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

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

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

To see a list of students who are currently trained in the Safezone Network, visit Safezone Network-Trained Students. Current Geneseo students can access other students' email addresses by using the "Directory" on the Geneseo homepage, logging in with your username and password, and searching for a student. Out of respect for students' privacy, their campus address and contact information are not listed.

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Interested in becoming a Geneseo Safezone trainer?

2021 applications were open until Oct 18, 2021 and are now closed.  


Students interested in becoming involved in the Safezone 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 Safezone 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 Safezone trainer are welcome to contact the Safezone Program or Dr. Alice Rutkowski for more information.

Is there something you'd like to see on this website that is missing? E-mail Daniel Jacques at jacques@geneseo.edu