Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Ally (LGBTQA) Affairs

Safe Space Ally Development Network

Mission Statement

The Safe Space Ally Development Network at Wright State University dares to transform the campus environment for LGBTQA+ students, staff and faculty. Through the Safe Space Ally Development Network, individuals and offices are identified that provide a network of support for the emotional, psychological, social and physical well-being of our LGBTQA+ community.

Through its bold skills-based training that focuses on Social Justice Allyship & active bystander intervention skills, individuals and offices are identified that can provide a network of support for the emotional, psychological, social and physical well-being of our LGBTQA+ community.


The Safe Space Training is a comprehensive 3 hour Ally Development training that teaches potential new allies skills on how to serve and support the LGBTQA+ community at Wright State University. Allies attending the entire 3 hour training will have the option of completing a Safe Space Ally Action Plan and listed on this site as someone who is part of the Safe Space Ally Development Network.  Allies completing the Ally Action Plan will be provided with the Safe Space emblem (sticker or magnet) to display inside or outside of their offices and/or bags, computers, etc.

In an effort to make the Safe Space trainings as accessible as possible the videos utilized in the training are closed captioned and the Office of LGBTQA Affairs will provide ASL interpreters when requested by participants for the Safe Space training's. We also pre-povide the powerpoint slides that we use in the training. If you have additional suggestions on how we can improve the accessability of the trianing's please email the Director for the Office of LGBTQA Affairs at


Training Dates

If you are interested in registering for the 3 hour Safe Space training on one of the dates listed below, please complete the registration form available by clicking below.

Wright State Trained Allies

Name (chosen first & last) Affiliation Office/Department Location of where your sticker or magnet is displayed Date you attended Safe Space Training (if you do not remember the exact date please list semester and year)

Jessica White Graduate Student   Office April 2015
Mary White Faculty Population and Public Health Sciences My office door, Bio Sci 251c Feb 2016
Maralee Leonard Staff SOPP File Cabinet Winter 2016
Thanh Dang Undergraduate Student ANA Center laptop Spring 2016
Rachel Negrey Undergraduate Student KNH Franklin Highschool Health classroom Fall 2015
Patrick Schmalstig Undergraduate Student Not Applicable Home. Once I get a good camera, will put on my safe space website. Spring 2016
Klodi Abazi Staff CECS DESK Spring 2016
  Graduate Student Clinical Psychology My fridge Spring 2016
Sommer Todd Staff Office of the Provost On the outside of my office door 02/04/2016
Daniela Linnebach Burnworth Staff Counseling and wellness services On my office door Co-Trainer for Safe Spce 
Sarah Callihan Alumnus n/a Didn't receive one Fall 2015
  Undergraduate Student CPH/Rho Gam training Currently on my desk Summer 2016 Rho Gam training
Jason Deibel Faculty Physics 248 Fawcett Hall 10/13/2016
Destinee Biesemeyer Staff Counseling and Wellness Services-Health Promotion Door frame outside office February 2016
Denise Porter Staff College of Nursing & Health Outside door frame for my office Winter 2016 
Holly Jackson Staff University Libraries My cubicle in 228 Dunbar Spring 2016
  Staff Disability Services In front of my door, on my name plate. 11/19/15
Kim Stephens Staff First-Year Programs, UC Front window and inside the office next to office name plate August 2016
  Staff Lake Campus File Cabinet and Door Spring 2016
  Staff Human Services Name Plate on cubical and magnet on desk Spring 2016
  Staff Office of Student Activities Office Door Fall 2008 - Spring 2015
Darci Gerber Staff CEHS - Student Services Outside my office door 02/04/16
  Staff Student Legal Services Outside office door 3/23/16
Megan Rúa, PhD Faculty Biological Sciences Room Number Decal 13 October 2016
  Staff Equity and Inclusion Outside office door Fall 2015
  Community Member     10/13/16
Patricia Schiml Faculty Department of Psychology 313B Fawcett and 105 NEC Summer 2016 and Spring 2016
Courtney Browning Graduate Student   Leadership Studies Department Spring 2016
Karen Lahm Faculty Sociology/Anthropology by my office name plate 11/2015
  Undergraduate Student N/A On my fridge 3/23/2016
Jessica Kelbley Staff University College Desk September 26, 2016
Denise Anderson Staff University College Office 9/26/16
Sonia Hackathorne Staff University College In office September 26, 2016
  Staff University College Advising One on front of desk, by student chair, one on magnetic pole in office September 26 2016
Deanna Springer Staff and graduate student Office of Disability and Veteran Services Front of office door and the white board in back of my office. I wear the pin on my purse. Summer 2016
Angie Clayton Faculty EES Office Door Spring 2016
Nichole Arbino Staff University College Academic Advising On the side of the shelf, just inside my door. Fall 2016
Adrienne Traxler Faculty Physics Office door October 13, 2016
Gina Keucher Staff Office of Student Activities My doorway August 23, 2016
  Faculty Lake Campus Office Door Fall, 2014 or Fall, 2015
Amber Phillips Undergraduate Student student binder Fall 2016
Patricia Wolf Undergraduate Student   Name plate of Bedroom at lake campus houseing; my laptop Fall 2015 ;Spring 2016
Nate Tymes Faculty Dwyer 236 By my office door Aug 19, 2016
Dave Hochstein Faculty Psychology - Lake Campus Office Door Fall 2009
Heather Dorsten Staff Connect2Complete Lake Campus Door frame Summer 2016
  Staff University College Office fall 2016
  Staff Lake Campus Student Services 114 Dwyer Hall, Lake Campus 1/22/10; 5/2013
Dalila Bennett Staff Career Center Outer door frame September 22, 2015
Brooke Copeland Undergraduate Student Education ? Spring 2016
  Staff Lake Campus Student Services Office Nameplate & Office File Cabinet Summer 2016
Amanda Herbe Staff Pre-Health Program, COSM Door Frame multiple since 2010
Jennifer Lobo Staff Tutoring Services, Academic Success Centers, University College office door most recent: 07/21/16
  Graduate Student SOPP/Active Minds No office at time being, have magnet for future display.

Spring semester 2016

Dr. Dawn Wooley Faculty  Associate Professor of Virology inside office most recent: 05/01/2018


In 2005, the Rainbow Alliance launched an initial Safe Space Campaign by creating a Safe Space manual and Ally Sticker to encourage our allies in Wright State University’s faculty and staff to identify themselves on campus by putting visible Safe Space symbols on their office doors.  By displaying the Safe Space symbol, they would let GLBTQ (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning) students know that those faculty and staff were people they could turn to who believed in equality, would be supportive of GLBTQ student needs, could give advice, or just be someone with whom they could talk to and feel safe and comfortable.

As of the 2008-09 academic year, a new Core Team came together to revitalize the Wright State Safe Space Program by updating the 2005 manual, instituting a comprehensive ally training program for faculty, staff and students, creating a website, and renewing the Safe Space Sticker Campaign. 

As of September 2015-2016 academic year, The Office of LGBTQA Affairs is now coordinating and facilitating the recalibrated Wright State Safe Space Ally Development Network. We are working to update the manual and are providing a new skills based curriculum for the 3 hour training!  

Active Allyship

53 Ways to be an Ally on the Wright State Campus

For All
  1. Change your language to be as inclusive as possible.
  2. Try not to assume someone's sexual orientation or gender identity.
  3. Take time to think through your personal feelings about LGBTQA people.
  4. Avoid tokenizing LGBTQA individuals.
  5. Work to ensure the safety of LGBTQA individuals. This safety includes physical and psychological safety, as well as the ability to act without fear of stigma, oppression, or violence.
  6. Report bias-related incidents to the Wright State Bias Incident Response Team (see so that the university community can record and address these incidents.
  7. Challenge heterosexist and homophobic statements (e.g. “That’s not funny…”) not because it’s politically correct to do so, but because it builds a safer, more inclusive campus.
  8. Bring a Safe Space panel to your classroom, student organization, or residence hall.
  9. Support the creation and use of gender-neutral restrooms and single user restrooms. Avoid starting or attempting to label people’s gender identity in the restroom.
  10. Donate to, or organize a fundraiser for, the LGBTQA student scholarship at Wright State.
  11. Attend a Rainbow Alliance meeting or event.
  12. Volunteer for one of Rainbow Alliance’s special annual events.
  13. Follow up with a student or colleague who publicly takes a stand on LGBTQA issues. Support these individuals publicly and privately.
  14. Include LGBTQA students and colleagues in all informal group outings for classes and departments.
  15. Make it your personal policy to not “out” people, regardless of how open they are, unless you have their permission.
  16. Make it your personal policy to resist introducing people (either in person or in conversations) as your “gay friend” or “lesbian colleague” unless their sexual orientation is relevant or unless you also introduce your “straight friend” or “straight colleague.”
  17. Make it your personal policy to not automatically assign characteristics to people based on their perceived or actual gender identity. Notice how your interactions with others change when you do this.
  18. Offer to be part of someone’s support network as s/he is coming out.
  19. Remind others that individuals who are coming out are more than their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. Affirm the human dignity of all.
  20. Learn more about community resources such as PFLAG.  Attend an event and then tell others widely about your attendance, just as you would about other aspects of your life.
  21. Invite LGBTQA students to provide feedback about whether they feel included on your floor, department, or classroom. Provide opportunities for ongoing feedback.
  22. Challenge yourself to not buy into stereotypes.
  23. Engage in friendly discussions of LGBTQA concerns.
  24. When updating on current events, include LGBTQA news, events and happenings.
  25. Show your support by wearing LGBTQA pins, bracelets, or t-shirts.
  26. When you hear someone ask, “What’s LGBTQA mean?,” stop and explain.
  27. Avoid guessing who is LGBTQ and who is not.
  28. Commit to being an ally all day, every day, regardless of whether anyone is witness to your acts.
  29. Educate yourself and others about how to be an ally.
  30. Attend an Office of LGBTQA Affairs program, event, or educational workshop.
  31. Familiarize yourself with the materials and resources available in the LGBTQA Resource Room. Visit the space!
  32. Visit the website
  33. Join the Allies listserv for the latest in news as well as and local and campus happenings.
For Faculty & Staff
  1. Prominently display your Safe Space sticker on your office door or at the entrance to your workspace.
  2. Designate your classroom as a Safe Space. Add a disclaimer to your syllabus and enforce it.
  3. Ask LGBTQA constituents for feedback about how your office might better support or serve them. Ensure that there are ongoing opportunities for feedback.
  4. Revise your syllabus to include LGBTQA films, articles, or other readings.
  5. Join Allies, the LGBTQA staff and faculty organization.
  6. Support LGBTQA issues in department meetings; speak up and voice your support so that your LGBTQA colleagues are not the only voices for equity.
  7. Ensure that Wright Way Policy 4001—which includes protections for sexual orientation and gender identity/expression—is upheld.
  8. Respect the request of transgender individuals to go by their preferred names and pronouns.
  9. Add a variety of partner status options in your unit’s paperwork.
  10. Health service providers, sexual violence prevention educators, student affairs advocates, and counselors, among others, should be comfortable with sexual health issues and terminology for LGBTQA individuals.
  11. Include LGBTQA stories and materials in publicity for your unit.
  12. Be open and prepared to discussing how LGBTQA issues affect students’ financial aid, career options, relationships with family, etc.
  13. If you are not able to answer a question or help an  LGBTQA student or colleague, be ready to ask for assistance from the Safe Space Core Team.
  14. Invite partners (not spouses) to join in departmental social outings.
For Resident Assistants
  1. Normalize LGBTQA issues by bringing them up in your first floor meeting.  Insist that all individuals are welcome on your floor. Have everyone introduce themselves with their name and pronouns. 
  2. Plan a program (spectrum session or our voice panel) or make a bulletin board about LGBTQA issues.  The Office of LGBTQA Affairs staff would be happy to provide resources and ideas!
  3. Check in with your known LGBTQA residents to ensure that they feel included and welcome on your floor. 
  4. If their assigned roommate refuses to live with them, give LGBTQA students options and a voice in how the complaint is addressed.
  5. Make a special effort to connect new WSU students to on-campus resources such as the Office of LGBTQA Affairs, Rainbow Alliance, and the LGBTQA Community Engagement Room.
  6. Leave your door decs blank so your residents can fill in the name they want their peers to use and have space to add their pronouns. 

Register for Training

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Please use "Other" if you are attending a specially planned Safe Space.
Please indicate the gender pronoun you wish to be referred by. Some examples include He/Him/His, She/Her/Hers, Ey/Em/Eir, or Ze/Zir/Zirs