Safe Zone

NDSCS: A Place for Everyone

All students, faculty and staff deserve to learn in an environment that’s supportive and friendly, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

Safe Zone is a program designed to:

  • Educate people about sexual orientation and gender identity/expression issues.
  • Create a visible network of Allies to provide support to the NDSCS lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) community.
  • Provide accurate information about sexual orientation and gender identity/expression issues and resources within the community.
Safe Zone
Look for the Safe Zone Symbol

Anyone displaying the Safe Zone symbol has committed to being an understanding, supportive and trustworthy Ally for LGBTQ members of our College community. This person can also be counted upon to provide accurate information about sexual orientation and gender identity issues.

NDSCS Allies

The Safe Zone program is growing at NDSCS – check often to see our updated list of allies. Also, the Student Advocate is available in Old Main and coordinates the Safe Zone program.

Safe Zone Allies are not personal counselors, but they offer a safe place for LGBTQ individuals to be themselves. An ally listens. An ally respects confidentiality. An ally offers support, personally and through outside resources and referrals. An ally understands!

NDSCS Ally List

Dana Anderson
Haverty Hall 216, English/Humanities

Nicole Ashe
NDSCS-Fargo 183F, Enrollment Services


Marquisia Bashir
Wahpeton, Student

Kathryn Beherns
Haverty 223, English/Humanities

Sandra Benedict
Hektner Student Center, Dining Services

Adam Berg
Forkner Hall 241, Residential Life

Aaron Bertens
Wahpeton, Student

Isaac Blazek
Wahpeton, Student

Shelley Blome
Haverty Hall 101, Financial Aid


Karen Dahlgren
Old Main 230, Student Success

Nicole Davis
Haverty Hall 101, Financial Aid

Hannah Devine
Wahpeton, Student

Karla Dickerson
Haverty Hall 101, Registrar's Office

John "Matt" Diischer
Riley Hall 137, Residential Life

Sheila Dolan
Haverty Hall 101

Thomas Dryburgh
Bilkre Activities Center 190, Athletics Department

Kassie Dumont
Robertson Hall 131, Residential Life


Gary Furness
Patterson Maintenance, Facilities Management


Jason Gallaher
Wahpeton, Student

Chantel Ganser
Wahpeton, Student

Sandi Gilbertson
Haverty 126, Human Resources

Allison Gomes
Old Main 110A, Student Success


Alissa Herbranson
Riley Hall 130, Residential Life

Melanie Herding
Riley Hall 113, Student Health and Counseling

Liza Hinrichs
Riley Hall 130, Residential Life

Kijia Homes
Old Main 340, Student Success

Alyssa Hunter
Wahpeton, Student

Rj Hutcherson
Wahpeton, Student


Jessica Johnson
Wahpeton, Student

Erin Johnson
Old Main 130E, Student Success

Melissa Johnson
Riley Hall 130, Student and Residential Life

Jim Johnson
Twin Cities, Enrollment Services


Maria Kaduc
Old Main 140A, Academic Services

Joseph "Joe" Khalifa
Wahpeton, Student

Kerri Kava
Student Center 148, Student Life


Crystal Lovik
Haverty Hall 101, Financial Aid


Sara Mack
NDSCS-Fargo 183C, Student Success

Ronda Marmam
NDSCS-Fargo 161, English and Humanities

Francis Martinson
Fargo, Student

Bethany Mauch
Riley Hall 107, Student Health and Counseling

Tamara Metzen
Old Main 130D, Student Success

Samantha Meyer-Perales
Wahpeton, Student


Ashley Olson
Wahpeton, Student


Jane Passa
Blikre Activities Center 190, Athletics

Daniella Perez
Wahpeton, Student

Ashley Pfeiler
Wahpeton, Student

Vince Plummer
Riley Hall 113, Student Counseling

Sybil Priebe
Haverty Hall 223, English/Humanities

Fidelia Przymus
Wahpeton, Student


Heather Retzer
Old Main 340C, Student Success


Char Schuler
Old Main 436, Social and Behavioral Science

Fern Sessing
Riley Hall 130, Residential Life

Alissa Sherven
Hektner Student Center 146, Student Life

Taylor Sonaram
Wahpeton, Student

Jaclyn Steenblock
Old Main 130, Student Success


Mindy Tayer
Old Main 110B, Student Success

Cloy Tobola
Hektner Student Center 162A, Information Technology Services


Jane Vangsness Frisch
Old Main 340D, Student Success

Victoria Vertin
Wahpeton, Student

Georgia Vosberg
Old Main 230, Student Success


Davis Waldron
Wahpeton, Student

Adrianna Winter
Wahpeton, Student

Lisa Wixo
Old Main 340B, Student Success


Colby Youngquist
Robertson Hall 131, Residential Life

Safe Zone Training
Level 1: Becoming an Ally

The goal of this introductory training session is to provide basic information about sexual orientation, especially as it relates to NDSCS students, faculty and staff. Topics addressed include an overview of relevant terminology, the coming out process and how to be an ally for someone who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer. Participants at this training session will have an opportunity to make a personal commitment to becoming an NDSCS Safe Zone Ally - however, becoming an ally is not a requirement of this Level 1 training session.

Upcoming Level 1 Training

Wahpeton Location: All trainings held in the Hektner Student Center - Plains Room from 12-1 p.m.

  • September 17
  • November 19
  • January 23
  • March 25

Fargo Location: All trainings are held from 12-1 p.m.

  • September 12 - Room 105
  • December 4 - Room TBD
  • February 27 - Room 105
Level 2: Gender Identity

This training session includes a terminology refresher, along with new material and is designed specifically for current allies. While continuing education is important, you do not have to participate in Level 2 to be an ally or continue allyship.

Upcoming Level 2 Training

Wahpeton Location: All trainings held in the Hektner Student Center Plains Room from 12-1 p.m.

  • October 16 (Refresher Training + Level 2)  
  • December 5 (Refresher Training + Level 2) 
  • February 20 (Refresher Training + Level 2)
  • April 22 (Refresher Training + Level 2)

Fargo Location: All trainings are held in Room 105 from 12-1 p.m.

  • November 7 (Refresher Training + Level 2)
  • March 26 (Refresher Training + Level 2)