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

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. 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 (LGBTQ) students by creating a visible network of allies. Allies who have completed the Ally Training Program display the "JJC Safe Zone Ally" sticker in their offices. The​se individuals understand some of the issues facing people who are LGBTQ and are aware of LGBTQ resources.​

2015-2016 Ally Training Classes (Allies are required t​o complete all 3 sessions below):
  • Safe Zone 101: Ally Training - A-1002
    • Wednesday, September 16, 2015, Noon-1pm
    • Thursday, September 24, 2015, 8:30-9:30am
    • Wednesday, February 10, 2016, Noon-1pm
    • Thursday, February 18, 2016, 8:30-9:30am
  • Safe Zone 201: Bisexuality and Pansexuality - A-1002
    • Wednesday, October 7, 2015, Noon-1pm
    • Thursday, October 15, 2015, 8:30-9:30am
    • Wednesday, March 23, 2016, Noon-1pm
    • Thursday, March 31, 2016, 8:30-9:30am
  • Safe Zone 202: Gender Identity/Expression
    • Wednesday, November 18, 2015, Noon-1pm
    • Thursday, November 19, 2015, 8:30-9:30am
    • Wednesday, April 6, 2016, Noon-1pm
    • Thursday, April 14, 2016, 8:30-9:30am
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. Current Safe Zone Allies are strongly encouraged to attend the new Safe Zone offerings (Safe Zone 201 and 202).

>>Register for an upcoming training

Safe Zone Ally List Fall 2014.pdf

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

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

Melvin Whitehead
(815) 280-2350

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