Programming and Student Development
Programs that help you beat stress and make better choices
Our office is dedicated to the personal development and education of all Utica College students. Programming and informational materials are 2 of the tools we use to reach as many students as possible. It is our mission to offer you programs which will help to give you the knowledge and opportunity to grow and succeed both at UC and throughout your life.
We offer programs on topics such as:
- stress management/relaxation tips
- healthy relationships
- making responsible choices in the college environment
- how to have a difficult conversation with a friend or family member
- how to go to a party or go out on a date safely
- ways to improve your concentration/develop stronger study habits
- how to help a friend in need
- tips on how to overcome social anxiety
- career guidance/support surrounding job related stress
Suggest a program
We are always looking for new ideas as well as input on what topics students are interested in exploring. If you have an idea for a program or feel that classmates or members of the UC community may benefit from learning more about a topic, let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support to staff/faculty
Additionally, we are here to support staff/faculty learn ways to more effectively support, communicate and/or work with difficult or struggling students.
Please contact Alison Franklin, Director of Counseling, for more information or to refer a student to our services.
Information / Appointments
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Please call (315) 792-3094 or
email the office at
Fax: (315) 792-3700
Please Note: While email is private, it is not confidential. If you would like to discuss a personal concern, we request that you contact us either in person or by telephone.
Refer a Student
Staff Alison Franklin, LCSW
Brittany Higgins, M. Ed
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.
What does mean?
If you see this symbol next to a staff member's name or an office door, it means that they have completed the SafeZone training. They have additional knowledge regarding LGBTQ related concerns.
Sponsored by the Diversity Committee