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The Safe Space training program relies on a group of dedicated members of the Emory community to volunteer their time. Below is information about our current facilitators. We accept applications for new facilitators each spring and summer, and you can view the position description here. If you are interested in applying to become a Safe Space facilitator, please contact Danielle Steele at or fill out the form here. You may read more about the position here.

Michael Michael D. Shutt

Michael is the Assistant Dean for Campus Life and Director of the Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Life at Emory University. He began his work at Emory in June 2008. Originally from Angola, Indiana, he received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Administration from Michigan State University and his Doctor of Philosophy in Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia. 

As the Director of the Office of LGBT Life, Michael creates and enhances educational, social, and support programs and services for students regarding issues of sexual and gender identities. He directs the strategic planning efforts; prioritizes programs and services; manages all budgets; coordinates fundraising and grant activities; creates and implements program and service assessments; supervises student and professional staff; and advises individual students and student groups.

In addition to his work in the Office of LGBT Life, Michael serves on several committees on campus including the Transforming Community ProjectSteering Committee; the President’s Commission on Sexuality, Gender Diversity, and Queer EqualityEmory Facilitator Network; Diversity Officer’s Council; Emory Chapter of the National Coalition Building Institute; and theCampus Life Assessment Committee. Michael is also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Counseling and Human Development at the University of Georgia’s College of Education and serves on the Executive Board of the National Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals.

Michael and his husband live in Atlanta with their two dogs and a cat.

Danielle Steele

Danielle M. Steele

Danielle is the Assistant Director of the Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Life at Emory University.  Previous to her start at Emory University in June 2010, Danielle received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Tennessee in her hometown of Knoxville.  For her graduate work, Danielle attended the University of Maine in Orono where she received her Master of Education in Student Development in Higher Education.

As Assistant Director, Danielle works with the Director of LGBT Life to maintain and enhance educational, social, support, referral, and resource programs and services for students regarding issues of sexual and gender identities.  She plans, coordinates, and evaluates special events; organizes and supports programs including the Pride Awards; advises student groups; provides support and leadership to the Emory Safe Space Program and other training programs; and hires and supervises student staff.

Danielle is thrilled to join the Emory University community and work with the many talented students who frequent the Office of LGBT Life.  In her spare time, Danielle enjoys traveling, visiting amusement parks, appreciating the arts, and sharing good food with great people.

Tia Williams

Tia N. Williams

Tia N. Williams is the Undergraduate Program Coordinator in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Emory University. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Education in College Student Affairs Administration. Working in Student Affairs, Tia has developed a passion for empowering young people around social justice issues and bringing cultural awareness to those around her. Over the years, she has worked with many different Safe Space Programs and Social Justice workshops and trainings. Through being a Safe Space Facilitator, she hopes to assist in providing a supportive environment for LGBTQIA members of the campus community.

Lauren Braun

Lauren Braun

As Assistant Director for the Office for Undergraduate Education, Lauren is responsible for running the central advising center in White Hall. She works closely with the OUE deans, training newly hired and current advisors about ECAS policies, procedures and practices. She moderates OUE Advising Listservs, connecting students with other campus resources. She also moderates the student concern list, and is currently serving as the interim advisor for Emory College’s Dual Degree Program with Georgia Institute of Technology.

Prior to joining the OUE at Emory College, Lauren served as the International Student coordinator at Valdosta State University’s Center for International Programs.  As a Valdosta State alum, Lauren graduated in 2003 (with honors) and a BA in history. She then went on to study at Duke University in Durham, NC and received her MA in Liberal Studies. While at Duke, Lauren served as program and event coordinator for various interdisciplinary and international programs, including: the Center for Leadership and Public Values (with James A. Joseph, former US Ambassador to South Africa), the Focus Program (a living learning program for first year students) and the Duke University Islamic Studies and Middle Eastern Studies Centers. She also served as a Trinity College academic advisor and international student advisor.

When she’s not busy advising students, Lauren spends her spare time running, hanging out with friends or her family in Georgia (baby-sitting her niece and nephew conveniently located in Dunwoody), and spending quality time with her English Setter Bear. She also loves watching her Duke Blue Devils during ACC basketball season!


Malcolm J. Robinson

Malcolm is the Program Intern in the Office of Multicultural Programs and Services (OMPS) as well as the Community Engagement Intern in the Center for Community Engagement and Leadership (CCEL). In OMPS, he supervises the Crossroads Program alongside the Interim Director of the Office, DeLa Sweeney. In CCEL, he works closely with Volunteer Emory, Alternative Breaks, and co-advises Project SHINE alongside the Assistant Director for Community Engagement, Courtney Jones-Stevens. Malcolm is passionate about holistic student development and an aspiring Student Affairs professional. He hopes to incorporate all of his takeaways from much of the identity work being done at Emory in his future positions. Through being a Safe Space Facilitator and as a member of the LGBT community, he hopes to continue raising awareness about LGBT identities and working with various communities to increase advocacy and allyship across campus.

Malcolm was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Emory University and is currently very excited to participate in a graduate program next year. Outside of Emory, Malcolm likes to cook, explore downtown Atlanta and spend time with loved ones.


Ambra Yarbrough

Ambra Yarbrough serves as the Assistant Director for New Student and Transition Programs within Campus Life.  She is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Education in Student Affairs Leadership at the University of Georgia.  In her spare time, she enjoys traveling to visit loved ones, fitness classes, dinner parties, and reading for pleasure.  Her favorite daily activity is walks with her pup, Riley, who is a 2-year-old Goldendoodle.  She believes that ultimately, love wins, every time.


Tiffany Del Valle

Assistant Director, Center for Women

Tiffany Del Valle, is the Assistant Director at the Center for Women. As the Assistant Director, she assists in the development and implementation of program initiatives focused on gender based education, women's leadership, and institutional transformation. Some of Tiffany’s responsibilities include: event coordination, budgeting, marketing and publicity, and program assessment. She also works with her amazing students to bring their ideas and projects to life. Tiffany is also the co-advisor of the Centro Latino Advisory Board at Emory and facilitates workshops and discussions around gender, diversity, and social justice.

Tiffany earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature, with a focus in Women's Literature from Georgia State University. She is currently a graduate student at the University of Georgia studying Education. Tiffany always takes a pedagogical approach to any project she undertakes and is committed to fostering a respectful, inclusive, and safe environment for all students at Emory. In her spare time, you can most likely find her with her nose in a book, thrifting for goodies (usually more books), or exploring the many restaurants of Atlanta.  She also loves crafting, writing short stories, and video chatting with her three adorable nieces.

The Safe Space Program expanded to include Oxford College in 2014. Below are the Oxford College facilitators:

Lyn Pace

Lyn Pace

Lyn is originally from South Carolina and joined Oxford College as college chaplain in 2009. He and significant other, Ami Hernandez, have one son, Sam who just turned two as well as a dog (Abby) and cat (Callie). They live in the city of Oxford where Lyn has served on the city council since January of 2012. At Oxford College, Lyn facilitates the work of the ten religious and spiritual life clubs on campus, assists with leadership programs, offers care and counsel for the college community, and is pleased to join Michele Hempfling in coordinating the Safe Space program. Prior to coming to Oxford, Rev. Pace was the associate chaplain, director of service learning, and director of the Bonner Scholars Program at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. From 2002-2003, he served as a minister in the British Methodist Church on the Isle of Wight in England.

Lyn earned his BA degree in religion and history from Wofford College (Spartanburg, SC) in 1999 and received the Master of Divinity degree from Emory's Candler School of Theology in 2002. Currently, he is working on his Doctor of Ministry degree at Candler School of Theology and hopes to graduate in May 2017. Lyn likes to help students engage in meaning making as well as how they understand community both on and off campus. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, running, reading, traveling, and going to Jimmy Buffett concerts.


Michele Hempfling

Michele is originally from Ohio and came to Oxford College in 2010 to what she believes is the perfect job. She is the Director of Residential Education & Services/Assistant Dean of Campus Life where she is blessed to have the opportunity to serve the students and share in their collegiate journey. In her position, she directs the RES department to provide a residential experience that is conductive to learning and optimal for student success. As a Safe Space Facilitator, Michele will be dedicated to the Oxford campus and is very excited to bring this program to the Oxford faculty, staff, and students.

Michele attended Muskingum University to obtain her Bachelor of Arts in psychology and theatre, Loyola University Chicago for her Master of Education in counseling, and is currently working on her dissertation at Ohio University for her Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education and Leadership. Her research interests are work engagement and happiness. She loves making people laugh and seeing students accomplish their goals. When she’s not at work, you can find her trying to play the ukulele, reading, and learning how to do house projects.

Chi Nwokah

Chi Nwokah

Chi is the Residence Life Coordinator for Fleming Hall, as well as the Diversity Coordinator at Oxford College. In her role as Diversity Coordinator, she works closely with all cultural and special interest student organizations, including Oxford Pride. Through her engagement with Oxford Pride especially, as well as Emory’s Office for LGBT Life, Chi is able to aid in the support of campus programming and initiatives that promote awareness of and sensitivity to issues faced by the LGBTQ community.

Originally from northern Indiana, Chi received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Indiana University Bloomington, and her Master of Social Work from Clark Atlanta University. Although her journey through student affairs has been nontraditional, she enjoys working with college students most of all and attributes this to her varied educational and professional experiences. Chi is thrilled to be a Safe Space Facilitator for Oxford’s campus and anticipates that this opportunity will help her take a more active role in optimizing the collegiate experiences of a very diverse student body.

Kasey Robinson

Kasey J. Robinson

Kasey is originally from Newnan, Georgia and came to Oxford College in 2012.  She is the Assistant Director of Student Development where she is overjoyed to have the opportunity to do something she loves and believes in everyday: helping college students build confidence in who they are, where they are going, and how they can positively impact others. In her position, she focuses on two main areas of the college student journey: First Year Experience and Community Engagement.  She develops and implements the Freshman Seminar program and oversees the Peer Assistant Leaders (PALs), who are orientation leaders for new student orientation and instructors for Freshman Seminar.  She also coordinates Oxford College’s community service initiatives, such as Volunteer Oxford, Alternative Breaks, and MLK, Jr. Day of Service.   As a Safe Space Facilitator, Kasey is grateful to be able to assist in providing this great program to Oxford College faculty, staff, and students.

Kasey attended Mercer University in Macon, Georgia to obtain her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature.  Following her graduation from Mercer, she served with an AmeriCorps program in Atlanta working on education, awareness-building, and policy-review for domestic sex-trafficking.  She obtained her Master of Science in College Student Personnel from the University of Tennessee in 2012, where she also served as a Graduate Assistant working with orientation, leadership development, student activities, and community service.  While at the University of Tennessee, she was a “Safe Zone” Facilitator and volunteer at the OUTreach Center.   She loves laughing, hiding under desks to scare her colleagues (and sometimes students), and getting to see the joy in students’ faces when they have those “ah ha!” moments in their journey of self-awareness.  When she is not at work, you can find her dancing, crafting, video-gaming, traveling, and crossword puzzle-ing with her partner!

Natalie Raymond

Natalie Raymond

Natalie is the Residence Life Coordinator for Haygood Hall. As the RLC of Haygood Hall, it is her responsibility to make sure all residents are experiencing life and learning at Oxford College in the best and safest way possible. She values the opportunity to empower students to write their own stories and create lives that they are proud of. Natalie also serves as the Student Conduct Coordinator at Oxford College. As Student Conduct Coordinator, she works closely with the Peer Review Board to hear minor conduct violations and support students in their journey through the conduct system. Natalie is thrilled to join the Safe Space family and looks forward to educating and empowering Oxford’s campus while growing herself.

Natalie is originally from Huntsville, Alabama. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology/Sociology at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and her Masters of Education in College Student Personnel Administration from James Madison University. She came to Oxford College in 2014 and immediately fell in love with the Oxford community. Natalie is a dog-lover, flea-market-enthusiast, avid concert-goer, Scrabble champion, try-anything-once kind of person.