Meet the SafeZone Trainers

Intercultural & Diversity Affairs Trainers

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Daniel Green

Director, Intercultural and Diversity Affairs Center

Office: STU 320A
Phone: 615-898-2831
PGPs: He/Him/His


Additional Trainers


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Christy Sigler

Deputy Title IX Coordinator/Investigator

Office: Cope 220
Phone: 615-904-8054
PGPs: She/Her/Hers

My hobbies include ballroom dancing, gardening, cooking, and traveling. I served 5 years in the Army before finishing college and law school. I spent most of my career as an attorney serving victims of child abuse and neglect, then became an investigator at MTSU. Having been exposed to many individuals’ accounts of mistreatment, I was glad to find that our campus has a SafeZone program to support LGBT+ persons and cultivate a respectful environment here.

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Dylan Ruffra

Area Coordinator - Lyon & Rutledge

Office: Lyon Hall 131
Phone: 615-898-4312
PGPs: He/Him/His

Dylan is an Area Coordinator for the office of Housing and Residence, where he likes interacting with students and helping them getting involved on campus. He graduated with a Bachelors of Science in 2015 and a Master of Science in 2017. One of Dylan’s favorite things about MTSU is the kind and friendly students that we have on our campus. He is passionate about being a SafeZone Trainer so he can be a resource for students who need a person to talk too.

Erin Ritchie

Erin Ritchie

Secretary 3, MTeach

Office: Midget 101
Phone: 615-494-8673
PGPs: She/Her/Hers

Students have a rough enough time in college as it is, so I wanted to make a mark by trying to educate as many university personnel possible on LGBT+ issues as a trainer for the safe zone program. I work with future educators and I also wanted to be a point of contact for the students that will be teaching, so they can be comfortable and knowledgeable with the many ways youth may identify themselves. I’m also working on obtaining my master’s degree in higher education with hopes of being an advisor so I can continue to guide students as they navigate MTSU. 

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 Kerri French-Nelson

Academic Advisor, College of Liberal Arts

Office: Jones Hall 159
Phone: 615-494-7826
PGPs: She/Her/Hers

Kerri French-Nelson is an academic advisor for the College of Liberal Arts, working with English, History, and Africana Studies students.  A North Carolina native, she has lived in Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, and England and holds degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Greensboro, and Boston University.  She is the author of the poetry collection Every Room in the Body, winner of the 2016 Moon City Poetry Award and the North Carolina Poetry Society’s Brockman-Campbell Book Award. Her poetry has been published in Washington Square Review, Copper Nickel, The Journal, BOAAT, Mid-American Review, Barrow Street, and DIAGRAM, among others. She decided to become a Safe Zone trainer in order to have a more active role in building a diverse and inclusive community at MTSU.

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Maigan Wipfli

Assistant Director of Student Programming

Office: STU 340B
Phone: 615-898-2590
PGPs: She/Her/Hers

I enjoy being a Safe Zone Trainer because everyone deserves to be respected and feel valued. Everyone can also learn a lot from a Safe Zone training, whether they know it or not. Feel free to stop in Student Union 340, or make an appointment if you need to talk! It can be about anything (cats, crafts, the Green Bay Packers….) I’m available!

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Natonya Listach

Instructor and Assistant Director of Forensics

Office: Jones Hall 254
Phone: 615-898-5176
PGPs: She/Her/Hers

LGBT+ students deserve to have safe and supportive faculty and staff members to help them navigate their collegiate years. As an ally, Natonya wants to be that place for her students. She also wants to help others learn how to become a safe zone for students who need it.

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Stephanie Alderson

Area Coordinator - Jim Cummings Hall

Office: Jim Cummings Hall 101A
Phone: 615-898-5994
PGPs: She/Her/Hers

Stephanie is the Area Coordinator for Cummings Hall here at MTSU. She received her Bachelor of Social Work from MTSU and her Master of Educational Administration from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. It was during her time in Nebraska that she was able to exercise her passion for the LGBTQA+ community while serving as the graduate assistant for the LGBTQA+ Resource Center on campus. Stephanie is very glad to be continuing her work in the community by being a Safe Zone trainer here at MTSU. She would love to list her hobbies as doing things that are adventurous and daring, but as that would be a lie, she will list them as reading good books, going on walks with her husband and puppy, and adding things to her Netflix queue. 

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William Langston

Professor, Psychology Department

Office: Jones Hall 100
Phone: 615-898-5489
PGPs: He/Him/His

Dr. William Langston is a psychology professor at Middle Tennessee State University. Dr. Langston’s research explores the psychology of belief. As part of his research program, Dr. Langston is a ghost investigator and has visited some of the most haunted places in the world. Dr. Langston is also the advisor to MT Lambda (MTSU’s all-inclusive LGBT+ student organization). Dr. Langston was one of the original MTSU Safe Zone trainers and is a trainer for the program to ensure that every student feels a part of the MTSU community wherever they go on campus.