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Safe Zones

Safe Zone is a program designed to: 

  • Educate people about sexual orientation and gender identity/expression issues.
  • Create a visible network of Allies to provide support to the WSC lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) community.
  • Provide accurate information about sexual orientation and gender identity/expression diversity, issues, and resources within the community.
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DEI Committee
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Committee 

We strive to serve the mission of WSC through focus on efforts towards the advancement of inclusion for diversity. These initiatives support various communities on our campus, provide education and information, and maintain rich partnerships with similar programs/organizations/initiatives in the surrounding Williston community and beyond.

We collaborate with campus departments, student organizations, university administration, and community groups to advocate for the needs and concerns of diversity on our campus. 

How Can I be an ALLY?

Learn. Attend our Safe Zone Ally training sessions to learn more about gender and sexual diversity. We offer 3 levels of training throughout the year with opportunities to sign a pledge to be an WSC Safe Zone Ally.  Find more information by clicking the link for Training Descriptions to the left. 
Speak Out. Voicing your support for the LGBTQ people is powerful. Whether you are challenging a stereotype, correcting a misrepresentation or merely voicing your support for a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender friend, relative or colleague, you can make change happen.
Become Active in a local, state or national LGBTQ organization. The Safe Zone website includes listing of many local, regional, and national organizations that you can join to keep current on important issues facing the LGBTQ community - and how you can be an Ally.
Be A Good Listener. Many LGBTQ people feel isolated and alone, and would greatly benefit from having someone to talk to. Being vocally supportive shows others that you are open to having further dialogue.
Get Involved. There are many ways to get involved with LGBTQ community at WSC and in the Williston community. Contact us for more ideas.

Ally Levels

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Becoming an ALLY–Level One
The goal of this introductory training session is to provide a basic information about sexual orientation, especially as it relates to WSC students, faculty and staff. Topics addressed include an overview of relevant terminology, the coming out process, and how to be an ally for someone who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer. Participants at this training session will have an opportunity to make a personal commitment to becoming an WSC Safe Zone Ally - however, becoming an ally is not a requirement of this Level 1 training session. Please note: attendance at Level 1 is a pre-requisite for eligibility to attend additional levels of training.
 
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Gender Identity/Expression– Level Two
The goal of this advanced training session is to explore in greater depth the experiences of those who identify as transgender. Attendees will leave this session with a broader understanding of gender identity and expression, both as they relate to institutional policy and to the lived experiences of transgender youth. Please note: Level 1 is required before attending this training.
 
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Upstander– Level Three
The goal of this training program is to provide an interactive, engaging learning opportunity that allows those who are Safe Zone Allies to further develop their skills and comfort levels as Allies. Topics addressed in this training encourage Allies to move from being passive bystanders to active Upstanders within our campus community. Please note: you must attend Levels 1 & 2 before attending this training.

Further Student Resources

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Roommate Matching

WSC has a roommate matching program for anyone in the LGBTQ+ community and allies. If interested, please fill out this survey to be matched for your on-campus housing.

 

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Inclusive Restroom Map
WSC has three all gender bathrooms on campus. One is in Stevens Hall between the Teton Lounge and the Nursing area. The other two are in the Western Star Building, with one in the welding bay and the other in the petroleum bay.

 
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Name Change Information

Name Changes & Gender Change Information 

Students will log into Campus Connection and click on the eForms tile as shown below to access the Legal Name Change Request Form.  Click on Legal Name Change Request Form on the left side of the page.  Students should monitor their WSC email for any communication about the completion of the form.
Previous students who do not have a Campus Connection login should use the guest homepage and click on 'Campus Solutions Guest Page'

Name Changes 

A student's "name of record" at Williston State College is defined as the legal name under which the student was admitted to WSC. "Legal name" is defined as that name verified by a birth certified date, marriage certificate, passport, or court order. Students wishing to change their name in their official academic record from the name of record under which they were admitted to the university must submit a Legal Name Change Request in eForms within Campus Connection and provide the legal documentation stating their new legal name.
Upon receipt and verification of this documentation, the registrar will change the student's name in the student's official academic record. "Official academic record" in this section is defined as the academic and biographical information of an individual student contained within WSC’s computerized student information system (Campus Connection). In addition, minor changes in the name (e.g., spelling corrections) may also be made. In such instances, the student may be expected to provide documentation such as a current driver's license with photo, passport, or resident alien card.
Preferred Name
Students can set a preferred name in Campus Connection.  Instructions are found on the Academic Records page.
Legal Name will appear:
  • Transcripts (official & unofficial)
  • 1098T Documentation
  • Scholarship/Financial Aid Processing
  • National Student Clearinghouse
  • Visas/Immigration Documents
  • Username/Network ID
Preferred Name will appear:
  • ID card
  • Blackboard
  • Class Roster/Grade Roster
  • Advisement Report
  • Online Directory
  • Diploma
  • Student Center
  • Email
  • Navigate

Gender Changes 

A student's official academic record reflects the gender the student identified him- or herself as to the university when he or she applied for admission to WSC. Students who subsequently wish to change the gender designation in their official academic record must provide the registrar with a "good faith" statement from the student to request a gender change. "Official academic record", in this section, is defined as the academic and biographical information of an individual student contained within WSC’s computerized student information system (Campus Connection).
Note: WSC transcripts and diplomas do not specifically reference gender.
 
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Suggested Syllabi Language
Suggested Course Syllabi Language
Do you have an example of a "welcoming and inclusive" statement that I can put in my course syllabus?
We have used the following statement on course syllabi. Feel free to copy and/or edit this statement to best fit your needs:
Because this class requires us to talk about aspects of our lives and those around us, a high level of respect for yourself and others is required. The use of discriminatory words and terms will not be allowed within this classroom. As students you are expected to have an open mind in this class and to expand your perspectives of the world around you. Remember to keep your sense of humor as there may be cases of disagreement and sensitive topics. Listen respectfully to one another and reserve judgment. Anyone who is unwilling to follow these guidelines will be asked to leave the class.
This course deals with subjects that many people find sensitive and highly charged.  Some of the readings contain strong language and graphic descriptions of violence and sexual situations, and some of the authors take political stances with which you might personally disagree.  Please keep an open mind both to the readings and to the views of your classmates with whom you might have differences.  Please remember that in a university classroom, you must be able to differentiate between emotions and personal opinions on the one hand, and reasoned analysis of the course material on the other.
 
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Financial Resources
  • COLAGE Lee Dubin Scholarship - for people with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender parents.
  • Point Foundation - The Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential - despite the obstacles often put before them - to make a significant impact on society.
  • The League Foundation- The LEAGUE Foundation provides financial resources for America’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender high school seniors entering their first year of  institutions of higher learning
  • Additional scholarships available to LGBTQ students in a variety of academic and professional tracks can be found at the Human Rights Campaign website at: http://www.hrc.org/resources/entry/scholarship-database.
PFund Foundation
  • PFund Foundation was started in 1987 in response to the AIDS crisis; as people in the LGBTQ community experienced isolation, stigma and ignorance, our community came together to provide for itself and ensure such obstacles could be confronted.
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Other Resources
i.     Transgender Law Cente
ii.     Lambda Legal
iii.     Dakota OutRight
iv.     HRC -North Dakota
v.     TransFaith
vi.     Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Asexual College Conference (MBLTACC)  
vii.     The Trevor Project
viii.     LGBTQ Alcoholism Guide
vix.  Rainbow Rendezvous on FB

 
 
 

                                                          
For more information, contact:
Dr. Kim Weismann, Professor of Communication
Stevens 115B
1410 University Ave, Williston, ND 58801
(701) 774-4503 (Office) & (701) 774-4544 (Fax)
 
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