SafeZone - CDGE

Safe Zone Ally Training

The College of Wooster’s Safe Zone Ally Training Program, restarted in the 2012-13 academic year, is a campus-wide program to provide a welcoming environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender persons through the establishment of an identifiable network of individuals who can provide support, information, and a safe place in our community for LGBT persons.

The purpose of this program is to reduce homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism on our campus, making our campus a safer and freer environment for all members of our community regardless of sexual orientation or gender identification.


By agreeing to become a participant in Safe Zone Ally Training Program, you agree to undergo training and to serve as a resource for people seeking clarification of issues of sexual diversity. The three-hour training is for faculty, staff, and students.

To schedule a training session or for more information, contact Nancy Grace.

Upcoming Training Sessions

All the session will take place in Babcock Formal Lounge, these are the dates:

  • Saturday, Sept. 13 from 9 a.m. to noon with Anne Ober and Kevin Lowry
  • Thursday, Oct. 16 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with MarTeze Hammonds and Kevin Lowry
  • Wednesday, Nov. 5 from 9 p.m. to midnight with Trevor Strock and Nancy Grace
  • Tuesday, Dec. 16 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with Trevor Strock and Anne Ober

Learning Outcomes -
Personal Awarness, Knowledge, Skills, and Action

Participants will:

  • Reflect on personal social identities in a social justice context
  • Identify how systems of oppression and cycles of socialization impact their individual ability to act as an ally
  • Develop a working knowledge of LGBTQ terminology
  • Explain key concepts related to LGBTQ and Ally Identity Development Models
  • Define multiple ways to exhibit/demonstrate ally behavior
  • Recognize both subtle and overt instances that perpetuate oppression of LGBTQ people
  • Identify various intervention strategies
  • Assess the impact of various intervention strategies
  • Identify areas of growth as an ally
  • Understand the role the social identities play in ally action behavior

Training Team Members

  • Nancy Grace, Professor, English/Director, CDGE (122 Babcock)
  • MarTeze Hammonds, Asst. Dean of Students for Retention and Academic Engagement/ Associate Director CDGE (112 Babcock)
  • Kevin Lowry, Administrative Coordinator for Development (317 Galpin)
  • Anne Ober, Counselor/Students Wellness Center (Room 405)
  • Trevor Strock, Security Officer (001 Luce)
  • Jillian Yoder, Assistant Chaplain (104 Overholt)

Safe Zone Allies on the Wooster Campus

  • Bryan Alkemeyer, Assistant Professor, Comparative Literature/English (222 Kauke)
  • Lynette Arner, Administrative Assistant to the President (218 Galpin)
  • Kaitlin Banko, Class of 2016
  • Laurie Beam, Nurse (Longbrake Student Wellness Center)
  • Jacob Beckstead, Class of 2016
  • Beth Boser, Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication Studies (103 Wishart)
  • Carolyn Buxton, Sr. Associate Dean of Students (119 Galpin)
  • Grant Cornwell, President (219 Galpin)
  • Peg Cornwell, Associate to the President for Community, Trustee, and Parent Relations (205 Gault Alumni Center)
  • Lisa Crothers, Assistant Professor, Religious Studies/South Asian Studies (Kauke 003)
  • Lauren Cruise, Security Officer (001 Luce)
  • Stephen Flynn, Emerging Technologies Librarian (Andrews Library 158A)
  • Mike Forbes, Visiting Assistant Professor of Africana Studies (001 Kauke)
  • Pam Frese, Professor, Sociology and Anthropology (014 Kauke)
  • Maria Fulan, Class of 2017
  • Bethany Grimes, Security Officer (001 Luce)
  • Shar'da Hammett, Class of 2017
  • Ben Hancock, Asst. Dean of Students and Director of Special Programs (120 Galpin)
  • Angela Johnston, Chief of Staff and Secretary of the College (223 Galpin)
  • Chuck Kammer, Professor of Religious Studies (023 Kauke) 
  • Nicola Kille, Associate Director Off Campus Studies/Asst. Director CDGE (101 Babcock)
  • Stacia Kock, Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology and WGSS (223 Kauke) 
  • Cody Leary, Assistant Professor of Physics (108 Taylor) 
  • Susan Lee, Special Assistant to the President for Diversity Affairs & Campus Climate (203 Lilly)
  • Kevin Lowry, Administrative Coordinator, Development (317 Galpin)
  • Yorgun Marcel, Assistant Dean of Students / Director of International Student Affairs (104 Babcock)
  • Lynette Mattson, Writing Center Intern (Writing Center Andrews Library)
  • Heidi McCormick, Director of Alumni Relations/The Wooster Fund (Gault Alumni Center 206)
  • Dennis Miller, Grounds Department
  • Linda Morgan-Clement, Henry Copeland Chaplain and Director of Interfaith Campus Ministry (114 Babcock & 102 Overholt House)
  • Jill Munro, Director of International Student and Scholar Services (120 Babcock) 
  • Carolyn Newton, Provost (111 Galpin)
  • Jeremy Rapport, Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies (127 Kauke)
  • Terra Roane, Asst. Director of Admissions (205 Gault Admissions Center)
  • Paul Seling, Transcript Coordinator, Registrar/APEX (Gault Library)
  • Lori Stine, Administrative Coordinator, Longbrake Student Wellness Center (Student Wellness Center)
  • Celeste Tannenbaum, Office of Interfaith Campus Ministries (201 Overholt)
  • Barbara Thelamour, Assistant Professor of Psychology (106 Morgan)
  • Ray Tucker, Counselor (Wellness Center 407)
  • Ashnati Wallace, Class of 2016
  • Jahqwahn Watson, Class of 2017
  • Sally Whitman, Exec. Assistant for Presedential Events (222 Galpin)
  • Raymond Windsor, Grounds Department
  • David Yokley, Assoc. Director of Admissions (203 Gault Admissions Center)
  • Kayla Yorko, Security Officer (001 Luce)
  • Marjorie Zeager, Class of 2017