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.

When can I call?

SafeCampus employees answer phones Monday – Friday (excluding UW holidays). Please see below for more information about hours.

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 Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. to ensure you speak directly with a SafeCampus employee.

Between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m., UW holidays, & weekends,  you will be routed to our voicemail and a SafeCampus employee will reach out the next business day. Please leave your contact information. If you are in immediate need, please see our after-hours resource guide for support. 

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. Since 2000, Gillian has been advocating for those most impacted by gender-based violence and engaging in various forms of crisis response work, always with a trauma-informed approach. During her years in graduate school studying Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies, Gillian developed an understanding of the multiplicity and intersection of identities that is crucial to effective violence prevention & response work. Gillian loves reading, listening to podcasts, & watching dramas with her two feline companions.

Paige Sechrest
Paige Sechrest, PhD
Prevention, Education, & Communications Manager

In 2021, Paige (she/her) joined the SafeCampus team in a full-time capacity as the Prevention, Education & Communications Manager. Since 2018, Paige has worked as a training specialist for SafeCampus helping to create and implement the pioneering EPIC prevention education program, designed for UW academic student employees and postdoctoral scholars. Paige is passionate about community-based methods of responding to and preventing violence, quantitative & qualitative program evaluation, as well as Black political thought. Paige is also has a doctorate in political science from the UW. In addition, Paige is a poetry lover and a news enthusiast.

Natalie Dolci, LICSW
Senior Violence Prevention & 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 9 years’ experience in nonprofits and education. Before attending the 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, Dolly Parton, and camping/hiking.

Ryan Garcia
Support Specialist
Ryan (he/him) earned his BS in Psychology from Utah State University in 2017. He is passionate about the work of violence prevention and has held various positions in crisis response and care coordination settings and is a current Master’s student at the UW School of Social Work. Ryan is particularly interested in becoming a LICSW and working with individuals who have experienced or are experiencing loss and grief and its intersection on matters of race, religion, identity, and class. When he is not studying or working, Ryan enjoys playing board games with friends and going on adventures with his dog.

Fionna Cohen
Support Specialist
Fionna (she/her) graduated with a BA in Sociology from Whitman College. She is currently getting her Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington and is planning to get her LICSW after graduating and work with young adults. She has experience working directly with individuals processing crises as well as in the political advocacy realm. She is passionate about helping individuals improve their overall quality of life while also working towards large scale change that decreases barriers to care. Fionna loves to hike, enjoy the Seattle outdoors and explore the food scene. She is always up for a new restaurant recommendation.

Liv Thomas
Support Specialist
Liv (she/her) is a Master’s student at the UW School of Social Work, where she is focusing on community-based social work practices. She completed her undergraduate degree at Colgate University, where she earned a B.A. in Sociology. Liv has experience providing crisis support in several different capacities, most notably in working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence. She is passionate about implementing anti-carceral approaches to advocacy and care, and hopes to enter the field of birthwork after graduating. Outside of work, Liv enjoys spending time outside, reading, exploring Seattle with friends, and tending to her many plant babies.