The K. Della Ferguson Womyn’s Resource Center
Alane Varga has been at Utica College for 33 years, working with the Womyn’s Resource Center since its beginnings. Alane first served as a counselor in Academic Support Services, and is currently the Dean for Diversity and Student Development. Her personal philosophy is: “It is necessary to teach by living and speaking those truths which we believe and know beyond understanding…for it is not difference which immobilizes us but silence.”-Audre Lorde
Interns at the Womyn’s Resource Center
Hermina Garic is the Administrative Intern at the Womyn’s Resource Center. She is a junior majoring in Sociology and Political Science. She hopes to end with a career path that allows her to stand up for social justice. She started working at the Center because she passionately believes in its principles and wishes to continue advocating for women’s rights like she did in high school. Her favorite quote is “The only cure for perpetual political wrongs are inalienable rights.”-Al Rocci
Kendal Santiago is a Programming Intern at the Womyn’s Resource Center. She is a senior majoring in Journalism. Kendal is aware that there are serious issues affecting women and minorities within America. Joining the Womyn’s Resource Center is her next step, it is her way of taking action to help bring awareness to these issues and potentially solve them. Her favorite quote is “The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer.”
Sung Jang is a Programming Intern at the Womyn’s Resource Center. He is a junior majoring in Government & Politics. He joined the Womyn’s Resource Center to tackle issues of inequality of status from the perspective of women’s rights and their place in society. He also seeks to educate people about the achievements of women in politics, war, and history. His favorite quote is “The cheese will be served when I want it served, and I want it served now.”-Olenna Tyrell from Game of Thrones
Programming Assistants at the Womyn’s Resource Center
Marjorie Tetteh is a senior majoring in International Studies. She joined the Womyn’s Resource Center because she was inspired by the Center’s events that she attended during her first year at UC. Joining the Center to Marjorie meant that she was going to get out of her comfort zone as an international student from Ghana and meet new people on campus, while also making a difference in their daily lives through activism. Her favorite quote is “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” – Maya Angelou
Mikal Saxon is a senior majoring in Communication Arts. He joined the Womyn’s Resource Center because he wanted to surround himself with empowering women that he knows will help him make a change in the UC community. Mikal also wanted to join the Center in order to shed light on women’s accomplishments, because he believes that these accomplishments are rarely recognized in society. His favorite quote is “The past is the past.”
Brittany Arensman is a junior majoring in Psychology. She joined the Center because she believes in the mission of the Center and wants to help further spread that mission to the community. Her favorite quote is “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” – Alice Walker
OFFICE OF STUDENT LIVING AND COLLEGE ENGAGEMENT
The Gay Alliance
The SafeZone program was created to develop, enhance and maintain environments in workplaces, schools and other social settings that are culturally competent and supportive to LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning) individuals, as well as straight, cisgender people who care about diversity, equality and inclusion.
What is a SafeZone?
A safe zone or a safe space is a place where all people feel welcome and safe. It may be a room, a car, or an entire college campus. The Gay Alliance SafeZone program aims to increase the awareness, knowledge, and skills for individuals and address the challenges that exist when one wants to advocate for their LGBTQ peers, family members, friends and co-workers. Creating safe zones or safe spaces is a proactive step that schools, agencies and corporations can take to create welcoming, inclusive spaces so that all people are empowered to reach their full potential.
Contact Dean of Diversity and Student Development Alane Varga at avarga
for more information or how to become SafeZone Certified