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Howard Community College Safe Zone

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What is Safe Zone?

Safe Zone is a network of allies committed to providing a welcoming, supportive and safe environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students, faculty and staff that aims to foster an affirmative climate of civility, safety, and support for all members of the campus community.  Its members serve as allies, educators, resources, and advocates.

What are the Safe Zone Values?

  • Respect                                                                           
  • Empower 
  • Support 
  • Promote acceptance
  • Educate
  • Celebrate
  • To be an ally

How Does Safe Zone Work?
Safe Zone provides training to allies who will then provide visible support through the display of the SAFE Zone Logo.  These allies attend a comprehensive training, receive a manual and agree to be supportive of LGBT students and employees.

What is a Safe Zone Ally?
A Safe Zone ally is someone who can provide the following for the LGBT community:

  • Chooses to support and advocate
  • Is informed with accurate and current information
  • Creates a safe and supportive environment
  • Respects confidentiality concerning questions
  • Is open about answering questions
  • Knows about the services available
  • Will continue to learn about issues
  • Will challenge discrimination 

What are the Goals of Safe Zone?

1. Train individuals to become Safe Zone allies so they may serve as resources and support for the LGBT community.

2. Create safe spaces on campus within each department that are highly visible where support, acceptance and understanding are forefront.

3. Create a Safe Zone advisory committee that meets regularly, reviews training materials and plans events.

LGBT Research

  • Nine out of ten students reported hearing at least one derogatory remark regarding their sexual orientation either frequently or often.
  • 37.8% of students experienced physical harassment based on their sexual orientation.
  • LGBT students were found to be five times more likely to skip school due to safety concerns.
  • The average GPA for LGBT students who reported being physically harassed frequently was half a grade lower than LGBT students who experienced less harassment (a GPA of 2.6 compared to 3.1).
  • A recent review of literature suggests that the rate of suicide among LGB youth is 20-40%higher than non-LGB youth.
  • One study found that LGB youth ages 14-21 were significantly more likely to report depression and anxiety than their heterosexual peers.

What is Safe Zone at HCC?
HCC Safe Zone educates members of the college community about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues to create a network of allies and a community of full inclusion for all its citizens. HCC offers the following to the LGBT community:

Where Can I Find Safe Zone Allies on Campus?


Clark Library (CL)

Crocetta Argento
443-518-4485
International Education
CL 113
 
Christele Cain
443-518-4148
International Education
CL 113
 
Victoria Lappen
443-518-3208
Wellness Center
CL 178
 
Tara Rupp
443-518-4640
Wellness Center
CL 178
 
Zack Kukulies
443-518-4246
Plant Operations
CL 050
 

Duncan Hall (DH)

Claudia S. Dungan
443-518-3416
English
DH 232
 
Ryna May
443-518-4195
English
DH 243
 
Zachary Pajak
443-472-7874
English
DH 210
 
Angela Wood
443-472-4864
English
DH 335
 

Health Sciences (HS)

Nancy Calder
443-518-3048
Health Sciences
HSB 210
 
Leigh Giles-Brown
443-518-3424
Health Sciences
HSB 229
 

Hickory Ridge Building (HR)

Althea Augoustatos
443-518-4709
Continuing Education
HR 100
 
Stephanie Lemghari
443-518-4729
slemghari@howardcc.edu
Continuing Education
HR 100
 
Becca Swick
443-518-4108
Continuing Education
HR 100
 
Andrew L. Brown
443-518-3309
Math
HR 344
 
Robert Ryan
Math
C/O HR 300
 

HVPA Building

Renee Barger
443-518-4089
Arts & Humanities Dance
HVPA 210B
 
Harvey Jackson
443-480-2052
Arts & Humanities
HVPA 200
 
Valerie Lash
443-518-4959
Arts & Humanities
HVPA 200B
 

McCuan Hall (MH)

Louis Garcia
443-518-4031
Arts & Humanities
MH017
 
Brandon Bellamy
443-518-4769
Student Support Services
MH 258
 
Kimberly McNair
443-518-4454
Student Services Office
MH 261
 
Nursing Building
David Jordan
443-518-3801
Human Resources
N100
 

RCF Building

Courtney Sales
443-518-4139
Academic/Student Support Services
RCF 314
 
Jay Coughlin
443-518-4032
jcoughlin@howardcc.edu
Counseling and Career Services
RCF 335
 
Eileen Diggs
443-518-3044
Counseling and Career Services
RCF 302
 
Kassy Hargadon-Zester
443-518-4428
Counseling and Career Services
RCF 331
 
Sheri Hawes
443-518-4679
Counseling and Career Services
RCF 309
 
Ann Kukulies
443-518-4009
Counseling and Career Services
RCF 310
 
Joy Stephens
443-518-4288
Counseling and Career Services
RCF 336
 
Kathy McSweeney
443-518-4606
Disability Support Services
RCF 301-5
 
Ronni Uhland
443-518-4656
Disability Support Services
RCF 301-3
 
Elizabeth Moss
443-518-4837
Finance
RCF211B
 

Science & Technology Building (ST)

Kathy Lilly
443-518-3550
Science and Technology
ST 251
 

Student Activities (SA)

Llatetra Brown
443-518-4766
Student Life
SA 201
 
Schnell Garrett
443-518-4109
Student Life
SA 201


For more information please visit The Wellness Center or Counseling and Career Service