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.

2014-2015 Schedule:  Training Sessions

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


  • Saturday, April 18 from 9 a.m. to noon
  • Tuesday, March 10 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with Nancy Grace, Anne Ober, Kelsey Hicks, and Scott McLellan
  • Tuesday, Dec. 16 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with Trevor Strock and Anne Ober
  • Wednesday, Nov. 5 from 9 p.m. to midnight with Trevor Strock and Nancy Grace
  • Thursday, Oct. 16 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with MarTeze Hammonds and Kevin Lowry
  • Saturday, Sept. 13 from 9 a.m. to noon with Anne Ober and Kevin Lowry

SAFE ZONE ALLY TRAINING 2.0:  "Sex, Gender, and Living Together"

2.0 provides participants with the opportunity to learn more about gender expression and identity through focused discussions of legalities and policies, daily queer life, and campus life / local specificities, including LGBTQ health issues and trans individuals.  The training will engage participants in practicing Ally Skills, particularly features of empathetic listening.  Participants must have completed our 1.0 training or have comparable experience in order to take the 2.0.
Registration is limited, so sign up as soon as possible.  We will schedule additional trainings based on the response to this call.

  • Tuesday, April 14 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Monday, April 13 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Learning Outcomes -
Personal Awareness, 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

  • Shaquez Dickens, Exec. Asst. for VP of Finance and Business (207 Galpin)
  • Nancy Grace, Professor, English/Director, CDGE (112 Babcock)
  • Kelsey Hicks, Program Coordinator for Campus Life, Lowry Center, and Student Activities (G16 Lowry)
  • Kevin Lowry, Administrative Coordinator for Development (317 Galpin)
  • Scott McLellan, Student '15, from West Salem, Ohio
  • Anne Ober, Counselor/Students Wellness Center (Room 405)
  • Trevor Strock, Security Officer (001 Luce)
  • Jillian Yoder, Assistant Chaplain (104 Overholt)


"I have attended innumerable trainings on this topic (I teach in Queer Studies and am the former co-chair of the Society of Lesbian & Gay Anthropologists). As an "insider" of sorts, I was really impressed by the SafeZone Training Wooster offers through CDGE when I took it last Fall. It provided excellent resources about being an ally to students on campus (as well as colleagues), and a wealth of additional information that I have found useful in the classroom, such as exercises for thinking productively about identity that go far beyond sexual orientation & gender identity, questions to get students thinking about (straight) privilege, and a comprehensive list of terminology that are useful in scholarly discussions of gender & sexuality. Although I am the first to admit that such "trainings" are often not the best use of faculty time, I found the three hours I spent with this to be quite useful and hope many of you will as well."
- Christa Craven, Assistant professor of Anthropology and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

"I first heard about the Ally Training from one of our students and again from our staff committee. Wanting to become more involved within our campus community, I signed up for the training. The part of the training I found most helpful was the section on terminology. I would like to see another training session developed because the volume of information is hard to cover in one meeting."
- Dennis Miller, Campus Grounds

"I found the training session was well put together and was relieved that it was a very small group instead of a full "Lecture Hall" session. The interaction between everybody was great. The most useful part I found was learning all the different "Gender Identities" there are in the LGBTQ community. I was always under the impression there was only two, "gay" and "straight." I admit the first time I heard of all of them it was a bit confusing, but after reading the manual over a few times I'm starting to get a grasp of them. I feel this is a great training session, and I wish that more people on campus would take advantage of this. It has really helped open my eyes to the LGBTQ community and the struggles they face, even in our small "bubble" that is the Wooster campus."
- Raymond Windsor, Campus Grounds

"Thank you for an excellent Safe Zone Ally training session on Tuesday. You did a fantastic job. I appreciated the environment of openness and ease you all fostered for discussion and I hope I can emulate your example in future conversations with peers and students."
-Melissa Young Schultz, Web Communication