Program Coordinators

Becky Norton
Faculty/Staff Coordinator
Office: 508.830.5000 x2238

Maya Stephani, Cadet 1/C
Student Coordinator

Elizabeth Benway
Dean of Human Resources
Office: 508.830.5086

Michael Ortiz
Associate Director, Office of Intercultural Engagement
Office:  508.830.5133

Get Involved

Who can participate?

Anyone in the MMA community can be a Safe Harbor participant, including students, faculty, and staff. It is hoped that community members of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions will become participants.

How do I become a Safe Harbor participant?

Anyone can request a Safe Harbor symbol by contacting Mike Ortiz at After becoming familiar with all of the materials that are sent with the Safe Harbor symbol, you will be prepared to post the symbol in a visible location so that community members know that you are informed about and sensitive to LGBTQ issues and concerns.

What is expected of Safe Harbor participants?

Participants are asked to display the Safe Harbor symbol in a visible location in their office, cubicle, room, etc. The Safe Harbor symbol identifies you as someone who is a supporter of LGBTQ community members and someone who is committed to creating an environment free of homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, heterosexism, and bias. As a Safe Harbor participant you should read through the Resource and Education Guide so you are comfortable when LGBTQ community members approach you to talk about LGBTQ-related issues. You should be familiar with the resources outlined in the guide and on the website so that you are prepared to refer LGBTQ people to these resources if necessary.

By participating in the Safe Harbor program, you agree to:

  • Be a visible ally to members of the LGBTQ community
  • Provide a safe space for LGBTQ students, staff, and faculty such that they can speak freely without fear of discrimination, oppression, or ridicule based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.