IWU Safe Zone LogoThe IWU Safe Zone Program creates an opportunity for Illinois Wesleyan community members to reduce homophobia and heterosexism on campus. IWU Safe Zone empowers students, faculty, and staff members to serve as resources for members of the campus community who are interested in becoming more knowledgeable about sexual orientation and gender identity. IWU Safe Zone also provides LGBT students and employees with easily identifiable and supportive spaces to feel comfortable and safe in a confidential environment.

Safe Zone Workshops

Safe Zone certification requires completion of an online course and attendance to one, 2-hour introductory workshops. The workshop explores lesbian, gay and bisexual identity, culture ,gender, gender identity and the experiences of transgender people.  Workshops are scheduled for 2 hours, and participants must complete the entire session for it to count towards certification.  Additional Safe Zone Xtra workshops continue to expand the knowledge of Safe Zone members by providing additional topics that intersect with LGBT identities.  It is expected that Safe Zone members will attend at least one Safe Zone Workshop in each academic year to maintain certification.  

Upcoming Workshops

The following workshops have been scheduled.

Step 1: Complete online certification for LGBTQ for students prior to attending workshop here http://www.kognito.com/illinois/ 


Step 2: Sexual Orientation, Gender, and Sex (email lgbtq@iwu.edu to RSVP)


  • Wednesday, September 24, 4-6 PM SFH 122
  • Tuesday, September 30, 7-9 PM SFH 122
  • Wednesday, October 22, 7-9 PM SFH 122 
  • Tuesday, October 28, 4-6 PM SFH 122
  • Tuesday, November 11, 7-9 PM SFH 122
  • Wednesday, November 12, 4-6 PM SFH 122


  • Wednesday, January 14, 2015 7-9 PM SFH 122
  • Tuesday, January 20, 2015 4-6 PM SFH 122
  • Tuesday, February 3, 2015 7-9 PM SFH 122
  • Wednesday, February 4, 2015 4-6 PM SFH 122
  • Tuesday, February 24, 2015 4-6 PM SFH 122
  • Wednesday, February 25, 2015 7-9 PM SFH 122

Safe Zone Mailing List

Safe Zone members are added to an email list.  Information distributed through the Safe Zone mailing list includes: announcements about campus diversity events and programming; invitations to participate in Safe Zone events and workshops; educational materials; and local, state and national news that pertains to LGBT culture and people.  Safe Zone emails are sent out approximately two times each week during the academic year.