Support for LGBTQ+ Students

HCC Safe Zone for the LGBTQ+ Community

Look for the Safe Zone Sticker!

LGBTQ+ support available where you find this logo.

Mission

The Safe Zone Committee was created to improve the campus climate and promote equity for LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) students, staff and faculty by:

  1. Providing education to students, staff and faculty that raises awareness about issues facing the LGBTQ+ community (heterosexism, cisnormativity, harassment, etc.),
  2. Developing a network of allies who have been trained in LGBTQ+ issues and care about the emotional, social and physical well-being of the LGBTQ+ community, and
  3. Serving as an advisory board for LGBTQ+ issues on campus, particularly as it relates to advocating for sensitive and inclusive practices and policies.

Video by Julia Schmalz, The Chronicle of Higher Education. September 3, 2015

We believe that a campus environment that celebrates differences in sexuality, sexual identity and gender identity is beneficial to the entire HCC community. For more information about Safe Zone, please contact committee co-chairs Kurt Doan and Jennifer Spencer Heilman.

Kurt B. Doan, MA
Director for Student Activities
HCC – Student Center
443-412-2373 or kdoan@harford.edu

Jennifer Spencer Heilman
Advising, Career & Transfer Services
HCC – Student Center
443-412-2024 or jespencer@harford.edu



Committee Members

Contact information is provided below.

  • Abigail Chapin (BCAT)
  • Dr. Andrew Kellett (BSS)
  • Colleen Webster (Humanities)
  • Dr. Diane Resides (SAIE)
  • Dr. Deb Cruise (SAIE)
  • Gregory Butler (Humanities)
  • Gregory Priebe (eLearning)
  • Jen Spencer Heilman (ACTS)
  • Jennie Towner (Student Success)
  • Jennifer Jacobs (ETS)
  • Jennifer Starkey (Admissions)
  • John Donahue (BSS)
  • Julie Mancine (Library)
  • Kurt Doan (Student Activities)
  • LeAnne Barnhart (BSS)
  • Melissa Harris (eLearning)
  • Sharon Adams (Student Activities)


Training Offerings

The Safe Zone Committee offers two types of educational sessions for the HCC community:

Sensitivity Training is a 30-minute informational session designed to provide basic knowledge about the LGBTQ+ community and is mandatory for all new-hire employees. All employees are invited to sign up for sessions on the Employee Training Calendar.

The Ally Workshop offers a more intensive, interactive experience for employees who wish to become allies for LGBTQ+ individuals. During this 3-hour workshop, participants are provided with more complex information, important resources, and brainstorm solutions to scenarios that were specifically developed to address experiences at Harford Community College. Employees must complete the 30-minute Sensitivity Training prior to attending. Sign-up for this workshop is on the Employee Training Calendar.


Harford Community College Ally Listing

Looking for an ally? You’ve found one! The 'Safe Zone' sticker (shown above) designates an employee who has completed a 3-hour Ally Workshop and is interested in being a resource for LGBTQ+ people here at HCC. The following employees have completed the workshop:

Name

(Click to Email)

Department/ Division
(Office)

Phone Number

Adam Fantom

eLearning
(Library)

443-412-2078

Alison Amato

Academic Affairs
(Chesapeake Hall)

443-412-2384

Andrew Kellett*

Behavioral & Social Sciences
(Bel Air Hall)

443-412-2067

Ann Marie Profili

Behavioral & Social Sciences
(Bel Air Hall)

443-412-2214

Anna Berglowe-Lynch

Advising, Career & Transfer Services
(Student Center)

443-412-2164

Ben Fisler

Visual, Performing & Applied Arts
(Joppa)

(443) 412-2644

Bill Elliott

Advising, Career & Transfer Services
(Student Center)

443-412-2184

Bonnie Sulzbach

Advising, Career & Transfer Services
(Student Center)

443-412-2119

Caitlin White

Student Activities
(Student Center)

443-412-2331

Carine Golden

Visual, Performing & Applied Arts
(Joppa)

443-412-2295

Courtney Gurrera

Learning Center
(Fallston)

443-412-2427

Cynthia Kelley

Behavioral & Social Sciences
(Susquehanna)

443-412-2225

Chris Swain

Public Safety
(Library)

443-412-2179

Dawn Reimer*

Continuing Education & Training
(Darlington)

443-412-2317

Dr. Diane Resides*

Student Affairs
(Student Center)

443-412-2142

Dr. Deb Cruise*

Student Affairs
(Student Center)

443-412-2233

Elizabeth Mosser

Behavioral and Social Science
(Fallston)

443-412-2182

Heidi Neff Chuffo

Visual, Performing and Applied Arts
(Joppa)

443-412-2276

James Karmel

Behavioral & Social Sciences
(Bel Air Hall)

443-412-2265

Janet Mathias

Advising, Career & Transfer Services
(Student Center)

443-412-2431

Janice Cassady

Financial Aid
(Student Center)

443-412-2421

Jennifer Austin

Registration & Records
(Student Center)

443-412-2037

Jen Spencer Heilman**

Advising, Career & Transfer Services
(Student Center)

443-412-2024

Jenn Jacobs

Educational and Transitional Studies
(Bel Air Hall)

443-412-2076

Jennie Towner*

Student Success
(Student Center)

443-412-2149

Jennifer Levinson*

Athletics
(Susquehanna)

443-412-2321

Jennifer MyersSmith

My College Success Network
(Student Center)

443-412-2323

Jennifer Starkey*

Admissions
(Student Center)

443-412-2311

Jenny Jakulin*

My College Success Network
(Student Center)

443-412-2538

JeanMarie Krygowski

Continuing Education and Training
(Joppa Hall)

443-412-2337

Jessica Dahl

Library
(Library)

443-412-2235

Johanna Chase

Student Activities
(Student Center)

443-412-2628

John Donahue*

Behavioral & Social Sciences
(Havre de Grace Hall)

443-412-2375

Julie Mancine*

Library
(Hays-Heighe House)

443-412-2495

Karen Rege

eLearning and Instructional Resources
(Library)

443-412-2145

Katie Lohinski

Humanities
(Havre de Grace Hall)

443-412-2634

Kimberly Hachmann

Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness
(Havre de Grace Hall)

443-412-2366

Kurt Doan**

Student Activities
(Student Center)

443-412-2373

Laquazia Bell

Institutional Research, Planning, and Effectiveness
(Maryland Hall)

443-412-2302

Leslie Manning

Student Affairs
(Student Center)

443-412-2236

Marcia Simonetta

Library
(Library)

443-412-2268

Mark Bandy

Marketing & Public Relations
(Chesapeake Center)

443-412-2213

Mark Brock-Cancellieri

Humanities
(Havre de Grace)

443-412-2296

Melissa Harris

eLearning
(Library)

443-412-2087

Nadine Martinkus

Disability Support Services
(Student Center)

443-412-2402

Nancy Dow

Visual, Performing and Applied Arts
(Joppa)

443-412-2436

Pamela Runge

Learning Center
(Fallston)

443-412-2429

Parita Vithlani

Behavioral & Social Sciences
(Fallston Hall)

443-412-2263

Richard Smith

eLearning
(Library)

443-412-2346

Ruby Burchett

Test Center
(Fallston Hall)

443-412-2476

Sam Saunders-Consroe*

Registration & Records
(Student Center)

443-412-2139

Sharon Adams*

Student Activities
(Student Center)

443-412-2140

Suzanne Gallihue*

Financial Aid
(Student Center)

443-412-2248

Tammy Dennis

Financial Aid
(APG)

443-412-2100

Tom Franza

Computing and Technology Services
(Hickory Center)

443-412-2489

Toni Mitchell

Advising, Career and Transfer Services
(Student Center)

443-412-2357

* = Safe Zone Committee Member | ** = Safe Zone Committee Co-Chair

Inclusive Restroom and Locker Room Statement

  1. It has been, and will continue to be, the policy of Harford Community College that all students, employees, applicants, and other persons dealing with the College will do so in an atmosphere that is free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, veteran, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information or any other status protected by law. This policy includes, but is not limited to, decisions about recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, transfers, social or recreational programs, academic opportunities and enrollment.

    As part of its commitment to non-discrimination and equal employment opportunity, the College prohibits harassment of any kind. The College will not tolerate harassment by anyone-- supervisors, other employees, students, contractors, or other persons under control of the College.
  2. In keeping with HCC’s policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression, every individual has the right to choose which restroom and locker room to use based on their gender identity and comfort.

    • Gender Identity is one's innermost concept of self as male, female, a blend of both or neither – how individuals perceive themselves and what they call themselves. One's gender identity can be the same or different from their sex assigned at birth. See: http://www.hrc.org/resources/sexual-orientation-and-gender-identity-terminology-and-definitions
  3. HCC’s goal is to both follow federal and state guidelines and provide a safe and inclusive environment for every person on campus. To that end, an all-inclusive, single-user restroom is available in most buildings on campus. There are many reasons a person would choose to use an all-inclusive, single-user restroom. For example, these restrooms are not gender specific, ensure accessibility for individuals with disabilities, provide privacy when assisting children and dependents, and allow for personal space and more privacy. Specifically all-inclusive, single-user restrooms are available in these locations:

    • Bel Air Hall (Main Hallway)
    • Belcamp
    • Chesapeake Center (by Kitchen)
    • Darlington Hall (2nd Floor by 215A)
    • Edgewood Hall
    • Joppa Hall (North end near rooms 14 & 15)
    • Maryland Hall
    • Observatory (in lobby)
    • Student Center (lower level, back hall near Globe)
    • Susquehanna Center (near pool)

    Additionally, HCC is committed to include at least one all-inclusive, single-user restroom in new buildings and in buildings undergoing full scale renovations to the extent feasible.
  4. No person can be forced to use a restroom or locker room that does not fit their gender identity, nor can they be forced to use an individual restroom or alternate facilities when others are not required to do so. However, we strive to provide options for privacy for all people. Any action against a person who is using a restroom or other facility cannot be based on their gender expression or gender identity or perceived gender expression or identity. Signs in each building provide information about all-inclusive, single-user restroom locations within buildings.
  5. Restrooms and locker rooms can be a source of discomfort for everyone, not just transgender people. It is crucial that we ensure that all people are safe in the College’s facilities. Anyone misusing locker rooms or restrooms (e.g., to look at members of the opposite sex, or someone trying to look in or access an occupied restroom or stall) must be addressed and reported, as these are behavioral issues and are unrelated to providing people access to the facilities that match their gender identity. Students are reported on the Report Form for Code of Conduct Violation/Concerning Behavior at https://publicdocs.maxient.com/incidentreport.php?HarfordCC, employees are reported to the Human Resources Office, and visitors are reported to HCC Public Safety.
HCC Title IX Coordinator - Approved 12-2-16

Local / Regional Resources

National Resources

  • ACLU's Get Busy/Get Equal: (www.aclu.org) Information and resources to improve the lives of LGBT people.
  • Atticus Circle: (www.atticuscircle.org) Dedicated to educating and mobilizing straight allies to advance equal rights for lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender partners, parents and their children.
  • COLAGE: (www.colage.org) COLAGE is a national movement of children, youth, and adults with one or more lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer (LGBTQ) parent/s.
  • GLSEN: (www.glsen.org) Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network. Organization for students, parents, and teachers that works toward creating positive change in school systems.
  • Human Rights Campaign: (www.hrc.org) America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality.
  • PFLAG: (community.pflag.org) Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) National is the umbrella organization for PFLAG chapters across the country.
  • Straight Spouse Network: (www.straightspouse.org) An international organization that provides personal, confidential support and information to heterosexual spouses/partners, current or former, of gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender mates and mixed-orientation couples for constructively resolving coming-out problems.
  • Trans Family: (www.transfamily.org) TransFamily provides support, education, advocacy, and outreach for the transgendered community, families, friends, partners, and allies of all ages, through meetings, presentations, seminars, media outreach, and an emergency resource hotline.
  • Trans Lifeline: (www.translifeline.org) Trans Lifeline is a non-profit organization dedicated to the well-being of transgender people. The hotline is staffed by transgender people, for transgender people. Trans Lifeline volunteers are ready to respond to whatever support needs members of the community might have.


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