SafeCampus

What to Expect

What can I expect when I call?

A trained professional will listen in a non-judgmental, empathetic way. We’re here to offer support and guidance when you have concerns for yourself or others. You can tell us about something that happened or share your safety concerns. You’re welcome to say as much or as little as you want to.

Here are some of the questions we might ask:

  • What concerns do you have?
  • Can you tell me more about what’s been going on?
  • When did it happen?
  • Who was involved?
  • Do you have safety concerns for yourself or someone else?
  • What are you concerned might happen next?
  • Have you shared your concerns with anyone else?
  • What would you like to see happen?

What happens next?

We’ll listen and provide individualized safety plans tailored to each unique situation, and we’ll connect you with additional resources when needed. Depending on your situation, we may suggest taking immediate next steps for safety.

In some situations, we work with our campus partners and design a coordinated response. The SafeCampus team will evaluate the need for a formal violence-prevention team assessment with representatives of other UW departments as appropriate.

Can I call anonymously?

Yes, you can choose to not share your name or the name of the person you’re concerned about.

Is SafeCampus confidential?

SafeCampus is a private and discreet campus resource. We make every effort to protect the information that you share with us. You will be made aware if information needs to be shared with other UW individuals. We do not record information in an employee’s personnel file or student record. We’re happy to answer any questions about our process.

Can I really call anytime?

Yes, SafeCampus is available 24 hours, 7 days a week. 

Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., you will reach a SafeCampus employee. If we do not answer we are on another call, please leave a message, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.  We recommend calling Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-5 p.m. to ensure you speak directly with a SafeCampus employee.

Between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. or Saturday-Sunday, you will first speak with a specially trained nurse who will gather information and determine whether your call should be triaged to a SafeCampus response specialist or another resource.

We highly recommend calling at any time if you have imminent concerns for the safety of yourself or others.

Is calling SafeCampus a report to the University?

Calling SafeCampus is not the same as making a “formal” complaint/report to the University of Washington. You can call and consult with our office before choosing whether you want to make a formal complaint. If you want to learn more about formal complaints, visit the University of Washington’s Title IX Reporting Options page, the University of Washington’s Complaint Investigation and Resolution Office (UCIRO), or contact law enforcement. You can always consult with SafeCampus about your options.

Who does SafeCampus partner with in risk assessment and response?

When necessary to assess the risk to the UW community, SafeCampus works with key partners in violence prevention and well-being, including confidential advocates, Title IX, Student Life, Human Resources, medical centers, law enforcement and security, mental health, and other University threat-assessment teams.

 

SafeCampus Team

 

Gillian Wickwire, MA, CTM
SafeCampus Manager                                                                                                                                 

As manager of SafeCampus, Gillian (she/her) directs the threat assessment & management work for the UW, as well as overseeing the violence prevention & response efforts of the SafeCampus program. She is a Certified Threat Manager™ and has over a decade of experience facilitating interdisciplinary threat assessments, providing consultation & one-on-one safety planning, and ensuring the University stays in alignment w/ best practices in violence prevention. Gillian has spent years advocating for those most impacted by violence and engaging in various forms of crisis response work, always with a trauma-informed approach. During her years in graduate school in Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies, Gillian studied gender-based violence and developed an understanding of the multiplicity and intersection of identities that is crucial to effective violence prevention work.


Kiana Swearingen

Kiana Swearingen
Prevention, Education, & Communications Manager

Kiana (she/her) manages violence-prevention efforts for staff, faculty, and student employees. She supervises the EPIC Prevention of Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Program for Academic Student Employees. She collaborates with campus partners, develops training curriculum, coordinates communications and marketing campaigns, analyzes program data, and produces reports. She has trained nationally on theory-driven community-centered best practices for developing and conducting prevention efforts on college campuses. She has worked in the anti-violence field for over 14 years. In addition to her time at the UW, she worked as a domestic violence advocate and a community-based prevention educator. Kiana is excited to be leading an innovative prevention program and hopes that it can be a model for other institutions of higher education intending to do similar work.


Natalie Dolci, LICSW
Senior Violence Prevention and Response Specialist                    

Natalie (she/her) began her anti-violence work while earning her degrees at Tulane University and has been working in gender-based violence prevention and response for over 12 years. She has provided direct services to survivors in community-based agencies, campus-based settings, and within the criminal justice system. Natalie has conducted local research and trained nationally on the role that the abusive use of technology plays in interpersonal violence, and how systems can improve their coordinated response. She is committed to relational work that focuses on the principles of equity and collaboration. In her free time, Natalie likes to travel, hike, and try new things.


Laura Fay, MPA
Violence Prevention & Response Specialist

Laura (she/her) graduated with her Master of Public Administration from the UW Evans School in June 2020. She has more than 8 years’ experience in nonprofits and education. Before attending UW, Laura was the Associate Director for Family Services at Mary’s Place, a shelter for families experiencing homelessness in King County. She worked directly with women and families experiencing crisis situations including people who were impacted by sexual harassment/assault, domestic violence, and stalking. Laura is passionate about creating systems that serve individualized needs and creating a compassionate model of care through trauma-informed practices. Lastly, Laura loves her two cats and camping/hiking.


Paige Sechrest
Paige Sechrest
EPIC Program Training Specialist

Paige is a Ph.D. candidate in the UW Department of Political Science. She specializes in public law, comparative politics, and quantitative methodology. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in political science. Her dissertation explores how various publics interpret violent interactions between police officers and people of color in France, in order to understand the extent to which the notion of the rights-bearing citizen has transformed to include the very people it was designed to marginalize. In addition to being a graduate student, she is a poetry lover and a news enthusiast.

 

Kaelie Giffel 
EPIC Program Training Specialist

Kaelie (she/her) is a Ph.D. candidate in the UW Department of English and an active steward for UAW 4121. As a union steward, she is committed to organizing for a better, more accessible university. Her research studies how contemporary women novelists have understood the relationship between neoliberalism, feminism, and femininity. In her free time, she likes to play cards and take walks by the Puget Sound.