Rockford, Illinois

Safe Zone

Safe Zone

Welcome to RVC'S Safe Zone

The "Safe Zone" symbol is a message to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual/transgender, queer/questioning, asexual, intersexual people and their allies. The message is that the person displaying this symbol is understanding, supportive and trustworthy if a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual/transgender, queer/questioning, asexual, or intersexual person needs help, advice or just someone with whom they can talk.

Our Mission

The mission of the Safe Zone Program is to provide a network of safe and supportive allies to the LGBTQAI+ community at Rock Valley College. The goal of this program is to provide a welcoming environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender persons by establishing an identifiable network of supportive persons who can provide support, information, resources, and a safe place for LGBTQAI+ persons within our campus community.


*RVC faculty and staff training only

Participation in Safe Zone is voluntary and entirely free. If you would like to learn more about becoming a Safe Zone ally, please contact the Intercultural Student Services (ISS) Office, 2nd floor Student Center, Main Campus, 815-921-4116. If you are unable to reach someone directly, please send your contact information to l.diab@rockvalleycollege.edu


Safe Zones at RVC

The following is a list of Safe Zone campus contacts at RVC by building. Each person listed is a  trained Safe Zone ally and has chosen to be listed as such (name, room number).

All listed Allies have agreed to:

  • Visibly support the Safe Zone program by displaying the program sticker and responding as an ally to the questions it may prompt.
  • Provide support, information, and referral to individuals who approach a Safe Zone.
  • Continue to gain education about LGBTQAI+  issues.
  • Respect and protect the confidentiality of any LGBTQAI+ person who chooses to share.
  • Welcome and listen empathically to any LGBTQAI+  person who seeks their guidance or support.
  • Monitor individual prejudices and stereotypes about LGBTQAI+ people.
  • Maintain sensitivity to any individual language and actions that might negatively influence LGBTQAI+  people.
  • Maintain sensitivity to institutional practices that might negatively influence LGBTQAI+  people and work to change those practices.
  • Be visible and support LGBTQAI+ -positive activities.
  • Develop a more genuine and realistic professional relationship with LGBTQAI+ students, staff, or friends and family of LGBTQAI+ individuals.
  • Make a professional contribution to improving our campus environment and the lives of our students.

Main Campus

Student Center:

Annette Alatorre, SC 1300
Barbara Cavanagh, SC 2108
Kelly Cooper, SC 2111
Amy Diaz, SC 2110
Mary Foreman, SC 2130
Mike Kravitz, SC 2132
Kerri Langdon, SC 2144
Amanda Lonsway, SC 2318
Luevinus Muhammad, SC 2312
Lynn Perkins, SC 2111Sonia Reising, SC 2301
Howard Spearman, SC 2116
Jennifer Wheeler, SC 1300

Classroom Building II:

Robert D'Alonzo, CLII 242
Crystal Dinwiddie, CLII 201
Danielle Fundora, CLII G07A
Julie Hernandez, CLII 243
Jessica Oladapo, CLII 207
Michelle Rotert, CLII 210
Cristina Szterensus, CLII 244
Becky Tidberg, CLII 111
Tammy Whitehead, CLII G01B


Lisa Adame, ERC 2420
Lisa Mehlig, ERC 2420
Janna Shwaiko, ERC 2348

Karl Jacobs Center for Science and Math:

Amanda Benney, JCSM 2037
Tracy Hazen, JCSM 2035
Matt Oakes, JCSM 2055


Woodward Technology Center:

Karin Blaski, WTC 228
Sharon Cooper, WTC 225

Physical Education Center:

DA Huff, PEC 1024

Support Services Building:

Shurice Hunter, SSB 1205
Robbin Snodgrass, SSB 2216

Learning and Opportunity Center

Will Ashford

Stenstrom Center

Jessica Quisenberry, SCCE 127

Jacqueline Moss, SCCE 223

Bell School:

Tammy Lewis, Bell School Room 6