SafeCampus

What to expect

What can I expect when I call?

A trained professional will listen in a nonjudgmental, 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. If we’re receiving multiple calls, you may have to leave a message, but we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. If you call SafeCampus between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m., you’ll first speak with a trained nurse who will gather information and determine whether your call should be triaged to our after-hours SafeCampus response specialist.

Is calling SafeCampus a report to the University?

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

Who does SafeCampus partner with in risk assessment and response?

When necessary to assess 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, CTM
SafeCampus Manager

Prior to joining the SafeCampus program in 2008, Gillian earned an M.A. in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at San Diego State University and continued her studies on power-based violence in Emory University’s doctoral program. Gillian also has 10 years of direct service experience in victim advocacy and crisis response work. In 2015, Gillian became one of the first Certified Threat Managers™ credentialed by the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals. As manager of SafeCampus, Gillian is charged with directing threat assessment and case management work, along with oversight of larger efforts to promote violence prevention at the UW. Gillian is dedicated to working with you to make our vibrant, diverse community a safer one for all.


Katie Gallagher
Threat Assessment and Management Specialist

Katie provides consultation and threat assessment expertise to callers who are concerned about violence. She uses her extensive training in evidence-based models and instruments to identify and assess threats. After assessment, Katie works with individuals and departments to develop and implement threat management strategies to support safety and well-being. Katie offers callers empathetic emotional support and comprehensive safety planning. She cultivates strong, collaborative partnerships with offices across the University to ensure seamless referrals to resources. As a former victim advocate and educator, she brings a trauma-informed, survivor-centered lens to working with individuals impacted by difficult situations.


Kiana SwearingenKiana Swearingen
Prevention, Education, & Communications Manager

Kiana manages violence-prevention efforts for staff, faculty and student employees at the University of Washington. 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.


Roberta BloodRoberta Blood
Violence Prevention and Response Specialist

Roberta is the Violence Prevention and Response Specialist for SafeCampus. In this role, she helps run the intake process for the 24/7 helpline, triages callers’ concerns and supports the team in assessing threats of violence. She collaborates with UW partners to mitigate risk, increase safety and support the overall well-being of individuals on campus. Roberta provides emotional support alongside practical solutions for callers. Additionally, her experience as a Domestic Violence Victim Advocate has equipped her with the ability to provide gender-based violence-safety planning, education and consultation, as well as to assess the threat of violence in abusive relationships.


Paige SechrestPaige 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.


Sam SumpterSam Sumpter
EPIC Program Training Specialist

Sam is a Ph.D. candidate in the UW Department of Philosophy and has been an active member of UAW Local 4121 since they arrived at the UW in 2014. In that time, Sam’s academic and organizing work have both focused on intersectional feminism and economic justice, and they are deeply committed to making higher education more meaningful, accessible and inclusive for people from underrepresented groups. Sam is incredibly excited to be a part of the team developing these new Prevention of Sexual Harassment trainings and looks forward to working with folks across the UW’s three campuses to build a successful program.