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

Yvonne Busker, SC 2101

Meaghan Cassinelli, SC 2212

Mary Cobb, SC 2330
Kelly Cooper, SC 2111
Amy Diaz, SC 2110

Jenn Dyer, SC 2200
Mary Foreman, SC 2130

Brooke Johnson, SC 2126

Mike Kravitz, SC 2132
Amanda Lonsway, SC 2318
Luevinus Muhammad, SC 2312

Cara Patterson, SC 2323

Kim Patterson, SC 2102

Jessica Quisenberry, SC 2126
Sonia Reising, SC 2301
Howard Spearman, SC 2116

Maureen Taylor, SC 2106
Jennifer Wheeler, SC 1300

Classroom Building II
Robert D'Alonzo, CLII 242
Crystal Dinwiddie, CLII 201

Julien Ehrenkonig CLII 211
Danielle Fundora, CLII G07A
Julie Hernandez, CLII 243
Jessica Oladapo, CLII 207
Michelle Rotert, CLII 210
Cristina Szterensus, CLII 244
Becky Tidberg, CLII 111

Brian Wagner, CLII G09
Tammy Whitehead, CLII G01B

Educational Resource Center
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
Denise Anderson, WTC 252

Karin Blaski, WTC 228
Sharon Cooper, WTC 225

Sylvia Emerson, WTC 230

Stephanie Wascher, WTC 222

Physical Education Center
DA Huff, PEC 1024

Spring Brook House

Katie Peterson, Spring Brook House 101

Support Services Building
Shurice Hunter, SSB 1205

Robbin Snodgrass, SSB 2216

Learning and Opportunity Center

Will Ashford

Stenstrom Center

Amanda Smith, SCCE 237

Jacqueline Moss, SCCE 223

Bell School

Tammy Lewis, Bell School Room 6