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 (she/her) 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 (she/her) 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.


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.

 


Roberta BloodRoberta Blood
Violence Prevention and Response Specialist

Roberta (she/her) is the Violence Prevention and Response Specialist for SafeCampus. In this role, she helps run the intake process for the helpline, triages callers’ concerns, and works with individuals and departments to develop and implement threat management strategies to support safety and well-being. She cultivates strong, collaborative partnerships with offices across the University to ensure seamless referrals to resources, mitigate risk, increase safety, and support the overall well-being of individuals on campus. Trained in both workplace violence threat assessment (using the WAVR-21 tool) and suicide intervention, Roberta provides practical solutions alongside emotional support 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.


 

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. 


Laura Fay
Support Specialist

Laura (she/her) is a second-year Master of Public Administration student at the Evans School concentrating on Social Policy. She has more than eight years’ experience in nonprofits and education. Most recently, Laura was the Associate Director for Family Services at Mary’s Place, a local homeless shelter for families in King County. Additionally, Laura has prior experience as a peer advocate for a sexual harassment and violence prevention program at the University of New Hampshire.