Safe Zone Training

Get Safe Zone trained today!

Safe Zone trainings are opportunities for Faculty and Staff to earn professional development credit for taking the initiative to learn about LGBTQIA+ identities, genders, and orientations, and examine prejudice, assumptions, and privilege.

LGBTQIA+ people sometimes question whether they will feel safe, welcomed, or supported in new environments. Faculty and staff who get trained in the Safe Zone curriculum receive Safe Zone stickers and signature icons which, when displayed, communicate to others a commitment to making and creating inclusive environments for LGBTQIA+ people.

The University Safe Zone program follows a tailored curriculum adapted from The Safe Zone Project. This curriculum is updated bi-annually to ensure the curriculum stays relevant to current scholarly knowledge and trends occurring within the community.

Sign up

The Safe Zone training program is accessible for sign up through FIU Develop. Navigate to FIU Develop, sign in with your FIU credentials, then search for "Safe Zone." Enroll in the course and you will be provided with information about how to sign up for one of the upcoming training sessions listed below.

Note: Based on the coronavirus pandemic, training will be conducted via Zoom until further notice.

Training Schedule - Spring 2024

Date and TimeFacilitator(s)
Friday, January 12 | 1:00 - 3:00 pmAngie Urrutia
Wednesday, January 24 | 3:00 - 5:00 pm*TBA
Wednesday, February 7 | 12:00 - 2:00 pm Carol Galladian
Thursday, February 22 | 3:00 - 5:00 pmTBA
Tuesday, March 12 | 1:00 - 3:00 pmTBA
Monday, March 25 | 3:00 - 5:00 pm*TBA
Monday, April 8 | 12:00 - 2:00 pmCarol Galladian
Thursday, April 25 | 3:00 - 5:00 pm TBA

*These trainings take place in the GC 217 Conference Room. The rest take place over Zoom. Details will be communicated after sign up about a week before the scheduled training date on

Safe Zone Participants

Looking for a brave space to be yourself on campus? Want to talk to a faculty or staff member who has completed the training recently? Below are just some of the faculty, staff, and student employees who have been Safe Zone trained in the last 2 years:

Name / Contact infoPronouns
Alex CandiaHe/Him/His
Alexis LainoffShe/her/hers
Amanda Rodriguezshe/her/hers
Barbara KingShe/Her/Hers
Belinda Caballero FernandezShe/Her/Hers
Carla PaganShe/Her/Hers
Carol GalladianShe/Her/Hers
Chelsea LopezShe/Her/Hers
Christian D. RodriguezHe/Him/His
Cindy LopezShe/Her/Hers
Claire JosephShe/Her/Hers
Courtney GlassShe/her
Dana McMakinshe/her/hers
Darwin Rodriguezhe/they/she
Diamond CurtisShe/Her/Hers
Diana ZunigaShe/Her
Ellen G. CohnShe/her/hers
Emily FornarisShe/They/Ella
Emma Lamshe/her/hers
Ernest DailyHe/Him/His
Evan WordenHe/They
Jacqueline Evansshe/her/hers
Jessica AlemanShe/Her/Hers
Jessica Amores DiazShe/Her/They/Them
Jessica ArmenterosShe/Her/Hers
Justin Carmelhe/him/his
Kaitlyn N. SaariShe/Her/Ella
Kathy PitaShe/Her/Hers
Kirsten WoodShe/her/hers
Kristina QuiñonesShe/Her/Hers
Kristyn WilczekShe/Her/Hers
Laura SerbusShe/Her
Lauren RodriguezShe/Her/Hers
Lazaro QuinteroHe/Him
Ligia Collado-VidesShe/Her/Hers
Lilliane FarinazoShe/Her/Hers
Lu LiangShe/Her/Hers
Maria Jose Rodriguez MoraShe/Her/Hers
Markus Thiel
Maureen C KennyShe./Her/Hers
Melanie GomezShe/Her/Hers
Melissa McCartneyshe/her
Melissa ValdesShe/Her/Hers
Melissa Wardshe/her/hers
Nadja Schreiber CompoShe/her/hers
Natalia Giordanoshe/her/ella
Paloma Pedraza RodriguezShe/Her/Hers
Paloma Pedraza RodriguezShe/Her/Hers
Rachel Ritchieshe/her/hers
Roberto Fernandez, IIIHe/Him/His
Rocío Rodríguez FonteShe/Her/Hers
Rosa “Rosy” CellucciShe/Her/Hers
Rosemary San Nicolasshe/her/hers/ella
Samuel NeelyHe/Him/His
Shivani Kaushikshe/her/hers
Stacy Fraziershe/her/hers
Steven ResnickHe/Him/His
Valeria GonzalesAll Pronouns
Victoria GrayShe/Her/Hers
W. Ryan JamesHe/Him/His
Yania YanezShe/Her/Hers
Zachary Pietrantonihe/him/his