Rock Valley College

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 on the second floor of the Student Center on the RVC main campus at (815) 921-4116. If you are unable to reach someone directly, please send your contact information to

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

Yvonne Busker, SC 2101
Kelly Cooper, SC 2111
Mary Foreman, SC 2130
Amanda Lonsway, SC 2318
Luevinus Muhammad, SC 2312
Kim Patterson, SC 2102
Jessica Quisenberry, SC 2325
Maureen Taylor, SC 2106

Classroom Building II

Robert D'Alonzo, CLII 242
Danielle Fundora, CLII G07A
Julie Hernandez, CLII 243
Michelle Rotert, CLII 210
Becky Tidberg, CLII 111
Brian Wagner, CLII G09
Tammy Whitehead, CLII G01B

Educational Resource Center

Lisa Mehlig, ERC 2420

Karl Jacobs Center for Science and Math

Amanda Kieper, JCSM 2037
Tracy Hazen, JCSM 2035
Mat Oakes, JCSM 2055

Woodward Technology Center

Karin Blaski, WTC 228
Sharon Cooper, WTC 225
Sylvia Emerson, WTC 230
Stephanie Wascher, WTC 222
Denise Anderson, WTC 252

Spring Brook House

Katie Peterson, SBHS 101

Health Sciences Center

Jacqueline Moss, SAML 223

Bell School

Tammy Lewis, Bell School Room 6