Safe Zone Advocate 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.

Advocate Training Schedule - Summer 2023

Date and TimeFacilitator(s)
Tuesday, May 9th | 1:00pm - 3:00pmJacqueline Granado
Wednesday, June 14th | 3:00pm - 5:00pmAngie Lapiana Urrutia & Rhesia Lewis
Thursday, July 20th | 1:00pm - 3:00pmValerie Morgan, Giovanna Tello, Kathy Pita
Thursday, August 10th | 3:00pm - 5:00pmChristian Rodriguez
Friday, August 18th| 2:00pm - 4:00pmAdri Pinera-Cruz

*All trainings take place over Zoom. Details will be communicated after sign up on

Safe Zone Advocates

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 some of our Safe Zone Advocates:

Name / Contact infoPronouns
Abbie BernetShe/Her/Hers
Adriana MedinaShe/Her/Ella
Albert PereraHe/Him/His
Alex CandiaHe/Him/His
Alex GutierrezShe/Her/Hers
Alex Pipitone SchwornShe/Her/Hers
Alina QuintanaShe/Her/Hers
Alliete AlfanoShe/Her/Hers
Amanda Clarkshe/her/hers
Amanda L. NiguidulaShe/Her/Hers
Andres TremanteHe/Him/His
Andrew GreenHe/Him/His
Angela M. MedinaShe/Her/Hers
Angie LapianaShe/Her/Hers
Ariana Olivero RodriguezShe/Her/Hers/Ella
Ashlee JacksonShe/Her/Hers
Ashley Floyd KuntzShe/Her/Hers
Ayelen Ferrer-QuinoaShe/Her/Hers
Barbara KingShe/Her/Hers
Belinda Caballero FernandezShe/Her/Hers
Belky PerezShe/Her/Hers
Bianca BovoShe/Her/Hers
Brandon IsahackHe/Him/His
Breny DaParre GarciaShe/Her/Hers
Brittny FreireShe/Her/Hers
Carla LlorcaShe/Her/Hers
Carla MayorgaShe/Her/Hers
Carlota ValdesShe/Her/Hers
Carol GalladianShe/Her/Hers
Cassandra OteroShe/Her/Hers
Catherine BusattoShe/Her/Hers
Chanadra Young WhitingShe/Her/Hers
Chanel GomezShe/Her/Hers
Cherise WatsonShe/Her/Hers
Christina SchettiniShe/Her/Hers
Christina VelazquezShe/Her/Hers
Christopher ChamorroHe/Him/His
Cindy LopezShe/Her/Hers
Claire JosephShe/Her/Hers
Clara BarmanShe/Her/Hers
Clara-Meretan (Tani) KiahShe/Her/Hers
Courtney GlassShe/Her/Hers
Danilo CastilloHe/Him/His
Darren GregoryHe/Him/His
Dav EvraShe/Her/Hers
David DugardHe/Him/His or She/her/Hers
Dawn FagnanShe/Her/Hers
Delver RetanaHe/Him/Hers
Derrick GlymphHe/Him/His
Diamond CurtisShe/Her/Hers
Diana ArcentalesShe/Her/Hers
Diana ZunigaShe/Her/Hers
Ebonie ParrisShe/Her/Hers
Ebony BrooksShe/Her/Hers
Edith Vanessa WeissShe/Her/Hers
Eileen RodriguezShe/Her/Hers
Elana KarshmerShe/Her/Hers
Elisabeth "Lisa" SimpsonShe/Her/Hers
Elizabeth ScarbroughShe/Her/Hers
Elizabeth Terry-RoisinShe/Her/Hers
Emma LamShe/Her/Hers
Emma PerezShe/Her/Hers
Ena UrbinaShe/Her/Hers
Enrique ObandoHe/Him/His
Enrique RosellHe/Him/His
Enzu CastellanosHe/Him/His
Erin LoebShe/Her/Hers
Eymi CastilloShe/Her/Hers
Gabriel MayoraHe/Him/His
Giovanna TelloShe/Her/Hers
Grey FernandezThey/She/He
Indee WilliamsShe/They
Isabella AmaroShe/Her/Hers
Jaclyn CoelloShe/Her/Hers
Jacob BurnsHe/Him/His
Jamel ShorterHe/Him/His
Janelle Nunez-CastillaShe/Her/Hers
Jayati SinhaN/A
Jeannette CruzShe/Her/Hers
Jeffrey ZinesHe/Him/His
Jenille LopezShe/Her/Hers
Jennifer AbeloffShe/Her/Hers
Jennifer CooperShe/Her/Hers
Jessica AlemanShe/Her/Hers
Jessica Amores DiazAll pronouns welcome
Jessica ArmenterosShe/Her/Hers
Jessica BermudezShe/Her/Hers
Jessica L. GonzalezThey/Them/Theirs/She/Her/Hers
Jessica LewisShe/Her/Hers
Jessica R. HerreraShe/her/hers
Jessica RodriguezShe/Her/Hers
Jessy AbouarabShe/Her/Hers
Joel ArancibiaHe/Him/His
Joel E. PaulaHe/Him/His
Joel VillariniHe/Him/His
Joerg ReinholdHe/Him/His
Johana PerezShe/Her/Hers
Jordan QuintanaShe/Her/Hers
Jorge ValdesHe/Him/His
Justin CarmelHe/Him/His
Kaila JospitreShe/her/hers
Kathy PitaShe/Her/Hers
Kimberly TaylorShe/Her/Hers
Kristie ReyesShe/Her/Hers
Kristyn WilczekShe/Her/Hers
Larissa JamesShe/Her/Hers
Laura HoelscherShe/Her/Hers
Laura PacchioniShe/Her/Hers
Lauren RodriguezShe/Her/Hers
Lauren SmitShe/Her/Hers
Leonardo CarbajoHe/Him/His
Lisa BoskovicShe/Her/Hers
Lorena SilvaShe/Her/Hers
Madelaine BarberizShe/Her/Hers
Maikel AlendyHe/Him/His
Marie WrayShe/Her/Hers
Marissa LandgrafShe/Her/Hers
Markus ThielN/A
Matthew BendetHe/Him/His
Melanie GomezShe/Her/Hers
Melissa ArgumosaShe/Her/Hers
Melissa McCartneyShe/Her/Hers
Melissa ValdesShe/Her/Hers
Melissa VasalloShe/Her/Hers
Melissa Wardshe/her/hers
Merary NievesShe/Her/Hers
Michelle KamekaShe/Her/Hers
Michelle OdaiShe/Her/Hers
Michelle TrocheShe/Her/Hers
Mike HamptonHe/Him/His
Mohammad A. QureshiHe/Him/His
Naomi LopezShe/Her/Hers
Nate RabnerHe/Him/His
Nelly LeonShe/Her/Hers
Nicholas VagnoniHe/Him/His
Nuria C RodriguezShe/Her/Hers
Oren HertzHe/Him/His
Pedro PalominoThey/Them
Phillip Lloyd HamiltonHe/Him/His
Rachel RitchieShe/Her/Hers
Randal SilbigerHe/Him/His
Rebecca MojicaShe/Her/Hers
Rhesia LewisShe/Her/Hers
Roberto Fernandez, IIIHe/Him/His
Rocío Rodríguez FonteShe/Her/Hers
Rodrigo E. MartinezHe/Him/His
Rokeshia Renné AshleyShe/Her/Hers
Roniel VallejoHe/Him/His
Rosa (Rosy) Cellucci She/Her/Hers
Rosario LozadaShe/Her/Hers
Rossana Maria QuintanaShe/Her/Hers
Rossly RochaShe/Her/Hers
Roxane TimonShe/Her/Hers
Rozeena TaylorShe/Her/Hers
Sacha PerezShe/Her/Hers
Samantha LippelShe/Her/Hers
Sandhya AppunniShe/Her/Hers
Sanyo MathewHe/Him/His
Sasha MaldonadoShe/Her/Hers
Scott HarveyHe/Him/His
Selena S. SifontesShe/Her/Hers
Shannon PrudenShe/Her/Hers
Shari LittleShe/Her/Hers
Sharon MonrabalShe/They
Shed BorenHe/Him/His
Shirley VazquezShe/Her/Hers
Sophie Braga de Barros LoureiroShe/Her/Hers
Stefannie AguilarShe/Her/Hers
Stephanie BelloShe/Her/Hers
Stephanie FernandezShe/Her/Hers
Stephanie GomezShe/Her/Hers
Tahimi RodriguezShe/Her/Hers
Tahmina UrmiShe/Her/Hers
Tania Cepero LopezShe/Her/Hers
Thomas GilesHe/Him/His
Tim Dugan BirrittellaHe/Him/His
Tom MooreHe/Him/His
Trina SandersShe/Her/Hers
Valerie MorganShe/Her/Hers
Vanessa FazShe/Her/Hers
Vanessa VazquezShe/Her/Hers
Vicenta M. ShepardShe/Her/Hers
Wendy RuizShe/Her/Ella
William NewburryHe/Him/His
Yaimara Roman GonzalezShe/Her/Hers
Yan VazquezHe/Him/His
Yania YanezShe/Her/Hers
Yasmine CampbellShe/Her/Hers
Yenisleidy Simon MenganaShe/Her/Hers
Yesim AnterShe/Her/Hers
Yoana CorroShe/Her/Hers
Zachary PietrantoniHe/Him/His