IWU Safe Zone
Many Illinois Wesleyan community members are unaware of the facts about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals. Some LGBT students and employees may feel that to be honest and open would result in their being treated differently than their peers. The result is that these individuals may experience a sense of isolation. When they need to discuss personal issues with peers, supervisors, or professors, they may not know whom they can trust. Conversely, allies may not know how to show support to LGBT individuals. IWU Safe Zone provides LGBT students and employees with easily identifiable and supportive spaces to feel comfortable and safe in a confidential environment.
Once individuals have completed a Safe Zone training, they will receive an official IWU Safe Zone logo decal. Posting the IWU Safe Zone logo provides a visible and non-threatening way for students, faulty, and staff members to make a statement that understanding and support is offered in their space, and that homophobia, heterosexism, and LGBT hostility will not be tolerated.
The following documents are found within the IWU Safe Zone manual. These documents may be printed and copied. For more information about these materials or IWU Safe Zone, please contact the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at (309) 556-3412 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
IWU Safe Zone Committee
Matthew Damschroder, Assistant Dean of Students for Campus Life
Annorah Moorman, Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Counseling & Consultation Services
Alex Shockey, President of IWU Pride Alliance
Qualities of a LGBT Ally (pdf)
Levels of Being an Ally (pdf)
Riddle Homophobia Scale (pdf)