Each year Sage ALLIES, the college’s all-inclusive safe-zone program, offer a series of mini-trainings/workshops to help educate the Sage community on issues facing our students. This spring we will be offering three trainings. Each training is open to all employees and students of The Sage Colleges but space is limited so make sure to reserve your spot quickly! To RSVP for any or all of the trainings email Jill Grebert at [email protected]
Cultural Diversity Wednesday, February 17th
Come and explore the topic of Cultural Diversity and what it means to the Sage Community and the communities around our campuses. Troy Police Officer and Sage Colleges Alumni, Aaron Collington, will be sharing with us his unique perspective on diversity as a long-term veteran of one of our local police departments.
Body Image & Eating Disorders Wednesday, March 2nd
Science Hall (Troy) 101
A discussion on the various eating disorders affecting people, specifically college students. Learn about the role you play as college faculty and classmates in supporting and promoting the wellbeing of students currently struggling or recovering from this illness. We will discuss tips for identifying, approaching and supporting students.
SafeTALK Wednesday, March 30th
Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. safeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources, such as caregivers trained in ASIST. Since its development in 2006, safeTALK has been used in over 20 countries around the world, and more than 200 selectable video vignettes have been produced to tailor the program’s audio-visual component for diverse audiences. safeTALK-trained helpers are an important part of suicide-safer communities, working alongside intervention resources to identify and avert suicide risks.
- Presentations and guidance from a LivingWorks registered trainer
- Access to support from a local community resource person
- Powerful audiovisual learning aids
- The simple yet effective TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe
- Hands-on skills practice and development
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: Academic Deans, Dean of Students, Disabilities Services, Human Resources, Cultural Enrichment Center, Public Safety, Residence Life and 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 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 protected]) to RSVP.
If you have specific questions or concerns regarding the Sage ALLIES initiative please contact the Director of Recreation and Fitness Jill Grebert at [email protected] or 518-244-2416.