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 - through 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 allies. 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. These individuals understand some of the issues facing people who are LGBTQ and are aware of LGBTQ resources.
>>View Our Safe Zone Ally Directory
2015-2016 Ally Training Sessions
(Allies are required to complete Safe Zone 101, 201, and 202):
Safe Zone 101: Ally Training - A-1002 In this session, we will discuss the issues that LGBTQ students may experience, identity terms used within the community, the stages of identity development, and the differences between homophobia and heterosexism (and how each is perpetuated by different institutions).
- Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 12 Noon - 1p
- Thursday, September 24, 2015, 8:30a - 9:30a
- Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 12 Noon - 1p
- Thursday, February 18, 2016, 8:30a - 9:30a
Safe Zone 201: Beyond Gay or Straight - A-1002 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-heterosexual communities; and identify concrete ways of supporting students who experience attraction to more than one gender.
- Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 12 Noon - 1pm
- Thursday, October 15, 2015, 8:30a - 9:30a
- Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 12 Noon - 1pm
- Thursday, March 31, 2016, 8:30a - 9:30a
Safe Zone 202: Gender Identity - A-1002 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.
- Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 12 Noon - 1p
- Thursday, November 19, 2015, 8:30a - 9:30a
- Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 12 Noon - 1p
- Thursday, April 14, 2016, 8:30a - 9:30a
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)
>>Request a Student Speakers Bureau Panel
For more information
Coordinator of Student Activities and Holistic Wellness