Safe Space

The WIT Safe Space program increases the visible presence of student, faculty, and staff allies to create an accepting and welcoming culture regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.  This program will train allies on issues affecting the campus LGBT community while also reviewing resources available both on campus and in the Boston area. 

Safe Space 1 Training

Training will help students, faculty and staff answer questions like “How can I best support our LGBT students”, “What does LGBTQ even mean??”, “What do I do if someone tells me they are gay”. The training is an interactive hour-long presentation in which you will gain invaluable tools and resources for continuing to support our LGBT community at Wentworth. It is a great opportunity to expand your own knowledge and understanding about the LGBT community and the “coming out” process. Afterwards, you will be given an official Safe Space sticker to display within your own workspace, office, residence hall room, etc. to help others know you are an Ally on campus.

Safe Space 2 Training

For those who have participated in Safe Space 1, we are excited to announce Safe Space 2, which dives deeper into the issues facing the LGBT community with an emphasis on the trans* community. We will cover basic definitions (and why there is an “*” after the word trans*), common myths within the community, and practical ways in which we can better serve the trans* community at Wentworth. This is another step in the journey of being an ally and we hope that you will participate in upcoming trainings. 

Request a training

You can request Safe Space 1 or 2 any time by emailing diversity@wit.edu

The following individuals have completed the Safe Space Training(s) and have committed themselves to serve as an ally to the LGBQT community.

Faculty/Staff

  • Carlo Fierimonte, Admissions
  • Rachel Freedline, Admissions
  • Tina MacDonald, Admissions
  • Julie Dutcher, Annual Fund
  • Amanda Hattaway, Applied Math
  • Don Filan, Applied Math
  • Dwight Horan, Applied Math
  • Emma Smith Zbarsky, Applied Math
  • Gary Simundza, Applied Math
  • Ophir Feldman, Applied Math
  • Ann Pitt, Architecture
  • Carrie Yates, Architecture
  • Garrick Goldenberg, Architecture
  • Ingrid Strong, Architecture
  • Jennifer Lee Michaelizyn, Architecture
  • Manuel Delgado, Architecture
  • Marc J Neveu, Architecture
  • Mark Klopfer, Architecture
  • Mark Pasnik, Architecture,
  • Priscilla Saul, Architecture
  • Rob Trumbour, Architecture
  • Robert Cowherd, Architecture
  • Weldon Pries, Architecture
  • Angel Ayres, Athletics
  • Bobby Desilets, Athletics
  • Daniel Russo, Athletics
  • Danielle Ferrara, Athletics
  • Erin Phillips, Athletics
  • Evin Giglio, Athletics
  • Katie Lane, Athletics
  • Matthew Phippard, Athletics
  • Steven Studley, Athletics
  • Susan Walley, Athletics
  • Vicki Cupper, Business Services
  • Andrea Leong*, Career Services
  • Bridget Aureli, Career Services
  • Marcia Sailor*, Career Services
  • Mary Federico*, Career Services
  • Peter Cochrane, Career Services
  • Robin Slavin*, Career Services
  • Bridget McNamee*, Center for Wellness and Disability Services
  • David Byers*, Center for Wellness and Disability Services
  • Judy Moss*, Center for Wellness and Disability Services
  • Leah Berkenwald*, Center for Wellness and Disability Services
  • Maura Mulligan*, Center for Wellness and Disability Services
  • Sarah Lowell*, Center for Wellness and Disability Services
  • Nadine Stecher, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Vanessa St. Laurent, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Christine Bettendorf, College of Professional and Continuing Education
  • Mallory Pernaa*, Commuter Student Programs
  • Joey Lawrance, Computer Science and Networking; College of Engineering and Technology 
  • Karina Assiter, Computer Science and Networking; College of Engineering and Technology 
  • Justin Benson, Division of Technology Services
  • Michael Mattera, Division of Technology Services
  • Christine Kane, Electrical Engineering and Technology; College of Engineering and Technology 
  • Eric Crumrine, Housing and Residential Life
  • Greg Mantolesky*, Housing and Residential Life
  • Jen Casavant, Housing and Residential Life
  • Matt Heiser, Housing and Residential Life
  • Phil Bernard*, Housing and Residential Life
  • Rachel Toft, Housing and Residential Life
  • Alan Whittemore, Institutional Research
  • Ron Frattura, Learning and Development
  • Kat Berry, Library
  • Rhonda Postrel, Library
  • Frank Caserta, Mechanical Engineering and Technology; College of Engineering and Technology 
  • Robert Lind, Mechanical Engineering and Technology; College of Engineering and Technology 
  • Emily Smedick*, New Student Programs
  • Heather Miller*, New Student Programs
  • Carissa Durfee*, Office of Campus Life
  • Jen Cheng*, Office of Campus Life
  • Linda Bernazzani*, Office of Campus Life
  • Joe O'Farrell, Office of Campus Life (Men's Rugby)
  • Annamaria Wenner*, Office of Student Affairs
  • Jesse Correia*, Office of Student Affairs
  • Peter Fowler*, Office of Student Affairs
  • Chris Haigh*, Office of Student Affairs (Diversity Programs)
  • Chuck Hotchkiss, Office of the Provost
  • Susan Paris*, Office of the Provost
  • Russ Pinizzotto, Office of the Provost
  • Lisa Sanford, Public Safety
  • Greg Sirokman, Sciences; College of Arts and Sciences 
  • James O'Brien, Sciences; College of Arts and Sciences 
  • Silvia Lopez, Student Financial Services
  • Micaela“Mikki" Vega, Student Service Center
  • Iraz Topalogu, Career Services
  • Yasmil Montes, Career Services
  • Micheal Feemly, Library
  • Chris Scanlon, Campus Life
  • Phil Hammond, CPCE
  • Keith Lewandski, CPCE
  • Christine Bettendorf, CPCE
  • Edgar Pizarro, CPCE
  • Jenna Klaes, CPCE
  • Cristina Mastria, CPCE
  • Vikram Bhoyrul, CPCE
  • Ryan Lunenfeld, CPCE
  • Liem Tran, CPCE
  • Jonathan Small, CPCE
  • Pauline Foley, CPCE
  • Edie Waldsmith*, Physical Plant
  • Kendall Kelly, Atheletics
  • Jessie Koffman, Athletics
  • Erin Phillips, Athletics
  • Nate Derbinsky*, Computer Science and Technology
  • Caitlin Luquet, Athletics
  • Connor Erickson, Athletics
  • Tony Moschetto, Athletics
  • Jay Pecora, Athletics
  • Arlen Galloway, Athletics
  • Mike McKean, Athletics
  • Bernadine DeSanges, Diversity Programs Intern
  • Mario Fernandez, Wellness
  • Janel Juba*, Career Services

*denotes having also completed Safe Space 2

Students

  • Adrian Hall, BSM 2016
  • Alain Therrien, BELM 2014
  • Alex Young, BEET 2016
  • Andre Medeiros, BELM 2014
  • Andrew Estes, BSA 2015
  • Anthony Matera, BSCM 2015
  • Ashley Stowe, BINT 2014
  • Benjamin Peterson, BCET 2016
  • Beverly Farris, BBME 2015
  • Brandon Conforti, BSA 2015
  • Brian Ferullo, BSA 2017
  • Christopher Kipp, BSA 2014
  • Cory Graham, BCOT 2016
  • Dan Bailey, BBME 2017
  • Dante Christofori, BSCE 2015
  • Dariel Nunez, BEET 2016
  • Deborah Massaro, BSA 2014
  • Decia Splaine, BINT 2014
  • Devin Richard, BELM 2014
  • Devin Woolhouse, BSCN 2015
  • Devinn Doherty, BSCM 2016
  • Dylan Melnik, BSAM 2015
  • Erik Shaw, BLEM 2016
  • Gabriel Lozano, BMET 2014
  • Griffin Sacco, BFPM 2017
  • James Drum, BSCE 2017
  • Jenai Dalton, BMET 2016
  • Jenny Tran, BEET 2016
  • Jerry Chan, BCOS 2016
  • Jimmy Yee, BSAM 2016
  • Joseph Salecky, BSME 2016
  • Josh Corson, BSAM 2015
  • Joshua Cunningham, BINT 2014
  • Julie Azzinaro, BFPM 2015
  • Kellie Messer, BSCE 2017
  • Kendra Kerr, BSM 2014
  • Kevin Crowe, BSME 2015
  • Kevin Huang, BCOS 2016
  • Kristen Horan, BCET 2014
  • Lewis Liu, BSME 2016
  • Linda Chen, BMET 2014
  • Marina MacDonald-Soccoio, BBME 2017
  • Matthew Heise, BSM 2017
  • Nathaniel St. Jean, MARC 2014
  • Nick Ottomaniello, BSCE 2016
  • Nick Torres, MARC 2014
  • Nicole McColgan, BBME 2016
  • Obadiah Rankin, BSCM 2014
  • Pablo Rivera, BSA 2015
  • Paul Cooke, BSME 2017
  • Pheu Parisien, BCMT 2014
  • Raul Centeno, BCIS 2016
  • Ryan Andrews, BELM 2014
  • Sam Kim, BCOS 2016
  • Sam Mcmanus, BSCM 2016
  • Sean MacNab, BIND 2017
  • Shannon Cain, BEET 2016
  • Shannon Ponce, BINT 2015
  • Victoria Armishaw, BSM 2015
  • William Yu, BCOS 2016
  • Darian Rivas, BSCE 2017
  • Sovatha Sar, CIVE 2017
  • Michael Young*, BEET 2016
  • Dontell Lofton*, CIS 2015
  • Alexandria Pearse*, BSME 2017
  • Griffin Sacco, FM 2017
  • Greg Confessore, MECH 2017
  • John Ryan, MECH 2016
  • Sean Farrell, CM 2016
  • Ryan Coakley, FM 2016
  • Dillon Lynch, BCOT, 2015
  • Heather Pinkston, MECH
  • Haley Patton, BMED
  • Kendra Denault, CM 2016
  • Katerina Stassen, ARCH 2017
  • Kevin Pepin, BFM 2016
  • Beau Burgau, BELM 2016
  • Kellie Messer, BSCE 2017
  • Zach Bernier, BSME 2016
  • James Drum, CIVE 2016
  • Emily Jodoin, BMED, 2018
  • Ryan Motyl, BMET 2016
  • Dan McSolla, BSCE 2018
  • Patrick Hopkins, BSME 2018
  • Paul Arsenault, CM 2018
  • Ben Kizel, BM 2018
  • Alex Schwarzkopf, BELM
  • Benjamin Peterson, CIVT 2016
  • Susan Needleman*, BCNS 2016
  • Bethy Dihabana*, BCOS 2017
  • Jacqueline Horner*, BSM 2017
  • Esther Shapiro, ARCH 2018

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