LGBTQ+ Resource Page


The Jane Addams Center for Civic Engagement in Partnership with Rockford University strives to create inclusive and accepting spaces not only in learning but in our global community. 

JACCE understands that LGBTQIA+ is constantly evolving; therefore, if you have any suggestions for these resources please contact us at

Rockford University Resources

Safe Zones

Safe Zones–Look for the Safe Zones sticker on office doors.

Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA)

Student club for LGBTQIA+ students and allies. Contact faculty advisor, Kristin Ravel ( for more information. 

Lang Wellness Center

  • The center’s mission is to create a safe and supportive environment to meet the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs of the Rockford University community. Free and confidential counseling services are available. Contact Lang Wellness Center ( for more information.

All Gender / Single-Stall Bathrooms

Burpee Student Center

  • Two single-stalls are located next to the Spirit Shop.


PURI School of Business

  • One single-stall is located downstairs next to classroom 019 and HR.


Seaver Physical Education Center 

  • One single-stall is located downstairs on the same floor as the gym, (go through main gym and then through the door on the left).


Clark Arts

  • One single-stall is located off the art offices in the lobby.

Name Change Policies at RU

In order to have a name updated on Self-Service and other campus materials (such as email, campus ID, Canvas, Self-Service, Billing, and internal systems), students will need to complete a legal name change. Once a student’s name has been legally changed, they (1) need to fill out a “Name Change Form”—found at Student Administrative Services (SAS) and (2) provide two forms of identification showing the updated name. Generally, a court name change document and an updated driver’s license (or other form of ID with a picture) will work for these forms.

If a student would like the name change to be reflected on their Financial Aid and their diploma, one of the forms included will need to be an updated Social Security card.

If you have updated your legal name, and for any reason you don’t see your name updated on your RU email, just reach out to to make the request directly to IT, or follow up with SAS to let us know their name on their email hasn’t changed yet (please provide two weeks for changes to be made).

Canvas Display Name Change

Students and faculty may change their names on Canvas and/or add their pronouns. Instructions to do so are below:

  1. Log into Canvas
  2. Click on “Account” in the upper left-hand side and choose “settings” from the menu
  3. Click “Edit Settings” (on the lower right-hand side)
  4. Adjust “Display name” and “Full name” from there.
  5. Click “Update Settings” to save

Student-Athlete Bio Name Change

Should a time come when athletes want to change something on their bio, such as their name, the individual can either talk to or email Brian Vanden Acker (Assistant Director of Athletics), or if they would prefer, they can fill out the “Student-Athlete Bio Sheet Updates” form ( on the website. The link to that form is directly under the original bio sheet form they previously filled out. The only difference between the two forms is that updates one only has the “First Name”, “Last Name”, “Sport(s)”, “e-signature” and “date” fields marked as required, whereas the original form has all fields marked as required. This simply allows the person to only fill out the fields that they would like updated instead of having to fill everything out again. 

Local Community Resources

The Liam Foundation

The Liam Foundation is the first LGBTQIA+ Resource Center in Rockford. They serve the LGBTQ+  community in our area by connecting folks to services. They also offer professional development trainings to other organizations to educate them on the unique challenges the community faces. You can connect with them by visiting or their Facebook page. 

Parents and Friends of Gays and Lesbians (PFLAG)

PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through support and resources.  Learn more and connect with at

Regional Resources

Equality Illinois

The mission of Equality Illinois is to secure, protect, and defend equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in Illinois. They envision a fair and unified Illinois where everyone is treated equally with dignity and respect and where all people live freely regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. Learn more at

The Department of Human Rights

 The Department of Human Rights administers the Illinois Human Rights Act. The Human Rights Act (“Act”) prohibits discrimination in Illinois with respect to employment, financial credit, public accommodations, and real estate transactions on the bases of race, color, religion, sex (including sexual harassment), national origin, ancestry, military status, age (40 and over), order of protection status, marital status, sexual orientation (which includes gender-related identity), unfavorable military discharge and physical and mental disability.  Learn more at 

National Resources

The Human Rights Campaign

“The things that make us alike are finer and stronger than the things that make us different.” – Jane Addams