Malinda Y. Carter
Executive Director, Human Resources
Joliet Junior College - A3110
Phone: 815-280-2515

Deborah Albert

Special Assistant to the President
Joliet Junior College - A3107
Phone: 815-280-2660

Safe Zone Programs


The purpose of the Safe Zone Ally Project is to make Joliet Junior College a safer environment for all members of the campus community - regardless ​of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression - th​rough training allies. An ally is someone who works to end oppression ​through support and advocacy for an oppressed population. ​Since 2009, The Office of Student Activities has trained over 170 Safe Zone Allies.

​​​​>>Read more about the history of Safe Zone at JJC​

Ally Training ​Program

The Ally Training Program is a campus-wide program that is designed to foster a ​more welcoming and affirming environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning​ (LGBTQ) students by creating a visible network of a​llies. ​Those who complete all of the training sessions will receive a Safe Zone Ally logo for their office, a Safe Zone Ally pin, and documentation for your employee records. The​se individuals understand some of the issues facing people who are LGBTQ and are aware of LGBTQ resources.​​

Safe Zone Ally List May 2017.pdf

2017 - 2018 Ally Training Sessions​

​​(Allies are required t​o complete Safe Zone 101, 102, and 103​​):​​​​ ​


Safe Zone 101: Introduction to Safe Zone/Ally Training ​​

​In this session, we will discuss the issues that LGBTQ students may experience, identity ter​ms used within the community, the stages of identity devel​opment, and the differences between homophobia and heterosexism (and how each is perpetuated by different institutions).​ ​ 

​Thursday, September 21, 2017​D-1018​8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
​Thursday, February 15, 2018​D-1018​8:30 - 9:30 a.m.


Safe Zone 102: Beyond Gay or Straight 

Participants will reach a basic understanding of terminology related to sexual orientations other gay and heterosexual; discuss the construction of sexuality as a spectrum; discuss how biphobia manifests in heterosexual and non-​h​eterosexual communities; and identify concrete ways of supporting students who experience attraction to more than one gender.

​Thursday, October 19, 2017​D-10188:30 - 9:30 a.m.
​Thursday, March 15, 2018​D-1018​8:30 - 9:30 a.m.


Safe Zone 103: Gender Identity​​​ 

​​In this session, participants will reach a basic understanding of the terms and concepts associated with gender identity and transgender people, identify concrete issues of discrimination and oppression that transgender and gender non-conforming people face, articulate ways to affirm and support transgender and gender non-conforming students, and discuss the ways in which societal gender norms impact everyone.

​Thursday, November 16, 2017D-1018​8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
​Thursday, April 19, 2018​D-1018​8:30 - 9:30 a.m.


Safe Zone Ally Social:  Transgender Film Screening, "America in Transition"

All JJC faculty, staff and students are welcome to join other Safe Zone Allies to view and discuss the film, "America in Transition."
​Wednesday, September 20, 2017​A-1002​12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
​Thursday, September 28, 2017​A-1002​12:30 - 2:30 p.m.


Safe Zone Ally Social:  Student Panel

All JJC faculty, staff and students are welcome to join other Safe Zone Allies for a student panel discussion about issues that affect the LGBTQ community.

​Thursday, March 1, 2018​A-1002​12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Register for a Training Session

    To register for an upcoming session, please complete our Registration Form​. After completing the registration form, please write down the date, time, and location that you signed up for or add it to your personal calendar. Staff and faculty are strongly encouraged to add the session to their Outlook calendars. 

Student Speakers Bureau Program

The Student Speakers Bureau is designed to use personal storytelling to promote understanding and respect for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) people and dispel myths about these communities. Members of the Student Speakers Bureau visit classrooms and student groups to share their personal stories and experiences as they relate to sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or gender expression, and lead effective and engaging discussions.

Panels can be tailored to address a particular topics, including:

  • ​​​​Intersection of LGBTQ identities with other social identities (race, religion, disability, etc.)
  • Gender identity/expression​
  • Working with LGBTQ patients in a medical setting (for nursing students)

For more informa​​tio​n

Amy Sims​​
​Coordinator of Student Activities and Holistic Wellness
(815) 280-2202