Diversity Advisory Council
Natalie Clark Maggitt, Chair
Mgr. Recruitment, EEO and Diversity
Phone: (815) 280-2427
Email: nclarkma@jjc.edu

Safe Zone Programs 

Safe Zone Logo 

NEW!!!! Safe Zone Student Speakers Bureau

The Office of Student Activities is pleased to announce the formation of the Speakers Bureau - a new program designed to use personal storytelling to promote understanding and respect for LGBTQ people and dispel myths about this community. Members of the Speakers Bureau will visit your classroom or student group 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 in your classroom.

Panels can be tailored to address a particular topic for your class. Examples include:

  • 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)

OSA will begin accepting panel requests for the fall semester. Please complete the Panel Request Form to submit your request.


For more information, contact:

Amy Sims, Coordinator of Student Activities and Holistic Wellness (extension 2202)

Melvin Whitehead, Advisor of GLOW and Assistant Professor, Librarian (extension 2350)

Pam Dilday, Director of the Office of Student Activities (extension 2755)

Safe Zone Allies

View the Safe Zone Ally List Fall 2013 (PDF)

Ally Training Opportunities 2013-2014

September -

Diffusing Inappropriate Behavior on Campus

September 16th, Noon-1:00pm, A-1002



Students Coming Out Series

October 7th, Noon-1:00pm, A-1002


National Coming Out Day

October 11th


The Amason Chorus: Singing Out

October 18th, 7:00pm, K-1001



Transgender Remembrance Day

Sponsored by: GLOW

Guest Speaker: Angelica Ross

November 20th, 6:00pm-8:00pm, Center Bridge



World AIDS Day

AIDS Memorial Quilt Displays

November 12, 13 & 14, Center Bridge


World AIDS Day Drag Show

 November 14th, 7:00pm, Lower Level J



Religion and GLBT Panel

February 3rd, Noon-1:00pm, A-1002



Health and GLBT

March 10th, Noon-1pm, A-1002




April 7th, Noon-1:00pm, A-1002


National Day of Silence

Sponsored by: GLOW

April 11th, 11:00am-1:00pm, Center Bridge



Sponsored by: GLOW

April 4th, 7:00pm-10:00pm, Lower Level of J

For more information contact Melvin Whitehead, 815-280-2350



Safe Zone Assessment - Please watch for Safe Zone Feedback Survey!

Your feedback is important to the development of our efforts 



GLOW meetings take place every Monday from 2:00-3:30pm in J-0007. All are welcome to participate with the exception of the 2nd Monda of every month which is for members only.


Read Safe Zone History:

Where are We at JJC? (PDF)


If you have any questions about the Safe Zone Program please contact Amy Sims at 815-280-2202, asims@jjc.edu or visit the Office of Student Activities in D-1010.

From the musical 'Rent':

We come from all walks of life...We are your daughters, sons, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, grandparents...

We are Biracial, Bicultural, Latino/a American, Asian/Pacific American, African American/Black, American Indian, European American/White

We are rich, poor, middle-class, working class...we are kids, teens, young adults, middle aged, elderly...

We are lawyers, educators, writers, custodians, electricians, doctors, CEOs, pilots, nurses, politicians, social activists...

We come from deaf families and hearing families...we come from all faiths...

We are found in all corners of the earth…Proudly being…who we are...

Mission Statement

Safe Zone's purpose at Joliet Junior College is to reduce homophobia and heterosexism on our campus thus making our campus a safer and freer environment for all members of our community regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.

The Safe Zone program includes training for individuals to serve as a resource referral (allies) for student in our community that identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, ally, asexual, and pansexual (GLBTQQIAAP). Campus allies can be identified by the Safe Zone logo that is placed in their office. These allies have committed that their space is a safe place to talk about issues which impact GLBTQQIAAP students.

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1215 Houbolt Road, Joliet, IL 60431-8938
Phone: (815) 729-9020