Wayne Southerland serves the RIT community as the Public Safety Department Residence Hall Community Patrol Officer. Born and raised in Rochester, NY, he received the Urban League Black Scholarship, and a PSAT National Merit Scholarship. While studying Political Science and Afro-American Literature, Wayne volunteered at the Genesee Street Boys and Girls Club in Rochester. He joined the Public Safety Department in 1991 and has worked in a variety of roles within the department. Wayne has a total of 26 years public safety experience. He has held positions in the Leadership team for over a decade during his career, and he holds the role of the Coordinator of Diversity Initiatives, since, 2011.