[Sage ALLIES logo]
The mission of The Sage College’s All Inclusive Safe Zone Program, Sage ALLIES, is to advocate for, listen to, learn with, include, empower and support members of the Sage community through education, engagement, and deliberate dialogue in order to provide an affirming & inclusive environment for all students, faculty and staff regardless of any human condition, characteristic, or circumstance.
Sage ALLIES Door Decal
Faculty, Administrators, and Staff who have successfully gone through the Sage ALLIES Safe Zone training will be given a specially designed logo to go on their office door. This logo (represented above) is a way for students and other members of the Sage community to identify individuals who have been trained to act as a resource for those who may feel oppressed due to their race, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, gender identity, religion, capability/disability, sexual orientation, geography or economic status. Moreover, anyone who is a victim of discrimination, harassment, sexual assault, bias incident or a hate crime can have a safe and affirming network of Sage community members who are prepared and able to assist them.
If you are dealing with any kind of issue and are seeking assistance please know that you can go to anyone with a Sage ALLIES Safe Zone decal on their door and the following offices for additional support:
- Dean of Students
- Disabilities Services
- Human Resources
- Cultural Enrichment Center
- Public Safety
- Residence Life
- Wellness Center
What is a Safe Space/Zone?
For many students, the presence of allies to whom they can turn for support—or even the simple knowledge that they exist—can be a big factor in developing a positive sense of self, building a community, coping with bias, and working to improve school climate. Safe Space programs increase the visible presences of students and adult allies who can help to shape a school culture that is accepting of all people regardless of differences.
Why should someone take part in the Safe Space/Zone Program?
All students deserve to learn in an environment that’s supportive and friendly, regardless of their identity. As you learned above, bias affects the school performance, school experience, and mental and emotional health of the students who experience it.
How does the program work?
The main purpose of a Safe Space/Zone program is to visibly mark people and places that are “safe” for all students. When students and staff put stickers on their doors, lockers, backpacks, binders, or office doors, it stands out as an affirmation of all people and lets others know that they are a safe person to approach for support and guidance. Often the idea behind safe space stickers (and the stickers themselves) get passed around by word of mouth and there is no organized program within the school. Ideally, however, each participating school should have a Safe Space team made up of students and staff that publicizes the program, hands out materials, provides basic training to allies who wish to be involved, and educates the larger school community about the meaning of the stickers and importance of building safe spaces for all students.
How is Sage ALLIES different?
Sage ALLIES is an “All-Inclusive Safe Space.” Traditionally, Safe Spaces/Zones are put in place within an educational institution for the benefit of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning) students. Sages' All Inclusive Safe Zone is a place where a person can feel safe regardless of any human condition, characteristic, or circumstance that they may have. The Sage ALLIES Safe Zone Program is designed to be a network for all students and does not focus on one oppressed group within our community. This "All-Inclusive Safe Space" is an intentional aspect that fits with The Sage Colleges size, design and demographics.
Upcoming Sage ALLIES Base-Line Training
Interested in becoming a a member of Sage ALLIES? Contact your supervisor or advisor to be recommended to the program.
Sage ALLIES Comprehensive Day-Long Training -
Wednesday, September 26, KCC 224, Albany, 9am to 4pm
Upcoming Sage Community Workshops
The Mini-Focus Workshops are a great way for currently trained Sage ALLIES to refine their skills while simultaneously allowing those within the Sage community who are not trained to attend and receive additional information about topics that interest them. The Mini-Focus Workshops are free and open to the entire Sage community including Staff, Faculty and Students. If interested in attending please email Jill Grebert (email@example.com) to RSVP.
Information about Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 Workshops is posted below:
Focus Workshop I: Alcohol & Addiction -
Wednesday, October 24, KCC 105, 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Trena Harrington, LCSW-R, CASAC
Mental Health Counselor
Trena is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and will lead the Alcohol & Addiction Workshop. She received her Masters in Social Work from Syracuse University. In addition, she is a Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor. Her training included a Family Systems Theory approach and she is skilled in a number of short term interventions. Trena specializes in helping students deal with stress, relationship or roommate situations, depression, anxiety, addiction and many other issues.
Focus Workshop II: Body Image & Eating Disorders -
Wednesday, November 28, SCA Kahl Campus Center Multicultural Center, 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Laurel Burns, Schenectady Center for Psychotherapy and Eating Disorders
Join us as we take an indepth look at eating disorders and the impact poor body image can have on individuals. Laurel Burns will show us how to advocate a healthy lifestyle which includes: acceptance of the natural diversity of body shapes, lifelong exercise, balanced meals, a balance of recreation, spiritual and personal development, satisfying work, and healthy personal relationships.
Laurel will be discussing a broad range of prevention, education, intervention and treatment services.
Focus Workshop III: Stalking & Domestic Abuse -
Wednesday, March 27, Science Hall 101 RSC, 1:00pm to 3:00pm
YvonneMasse Domestic Violence Systems Response Coordinator at Equinox Inc.
Join us as we take an in-depth look at stalking and domestic abuse. Equinox provides comprehensive treatment, services, and support to over 5,000 people each year at 11 different locations throughout Albany County.
Equinox is a nonprofit community organization in the Capital Region with a staff of more than 200 dedicated employees.
For more than 40 years, Equinox has reached out to people who need us most with innovative and effective programs that truly change lives, allowing us to fulfill our purpose of helping those we serve move forward on their paths to recovery, healing, and independence.
It is the mission of Equinox to enhance the mental, emotional and physical welfare of youth, adults, and families in our community.
Take Back The Night Rally & March Against Sexual Violence
Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 4:30pm (Pre-Rally), 6:00pm (March)
Sage College of Albany Campus Quad Lawn
32nd Annual Take Back The Night rally and march against sexual violence. The pre-rally events will begin at 4:30PM at Sage College of Albany campus quad and will feature a tabling of various community service providers, live music, food vendors, dance performances and more! The rally and march will begin at 6:00PM, where participants will receive a free t-shirt and march from the campus quad of Sage College, down New Scotland Avenue area and back to the college for a survivor speak-out and candlelight ceremony. This year the Slidin’ Dirty food truck will be joining us from 4-7:30pm for food service and will be donating 10% of their proceeds from the event back to the TBTN mission. B’yond style hair salon will also be joining us to provide the teal hair extensions to participants, and we will have a kids table as well.
The Mini-Focus Workshops are free and open to the entire Sage community including Staff, Faculty and Students.
If interested in attending please email Jill Grebert (firstname.lastname@example.org) to RSVP.
Please note that we highly encourage currently trained Sage ALLIES members to attend these workshops. In addition, these Mini-Focus Workshops are open to the entire Sage community and allows those who are not trained to learn more about various topics and issues.
If you have specific questions or concerns regarding the Sage ALLIES initiative please contact the Director of Recreation and Fitness Jill Grebert at email@example.com or 518-244-2416.