LGBTQ+ Resources

Overview | Resources | Safe Zone | Safe Zone House



Mary Baldwin is proud of our diverse community and offers a variety of resources for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning students, and their allies. Facilitation of the resources listed below is provided by the Director for Student Activities and LGBTQ+ Resources, Samuel “Sam” Irons. Questions regarding these resources can be directed to them:

Sam Irons (they, them, theirs)
Director for Student Activities and LGBTQ+ Resources
Kable House 114A


Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA)

The GSA is a student-run campus club. The GSA provides a safe, accepting, and confidential meeting place for LGBTQ+ and ally students. The club provides a balance of educational, community, and social meetings and events for the LGBTQ+ community on campus.

MBU SOULS club members run a booth at Staunton Pride festival MBU SOULS club members participate in an outdoor activity

Unisex Bathrooms

There are a number of unisex bathrooms located throughout the Staunton Campus. Please refer to a PDF of the map for locations.




We’re excited to be partnering with oSTEM, a STEM mentorship program for MBU Students.

Do you need to update your display name?

At MBU, there are two ways to update your display name.

  • A legal name change. This will update your name across all systems, from Financial Aid to classroom rosters to your student ID.
  • For those who have not or cannot legally change their name, we utilize the “Preferred Name” module in our student records database.


Preferred Name Module FAQs

The following scenarios are for students who have not or cannot change their legal name.

  • How do I get this information updated?
    • Email the registrar with AT MINIMUM your last name and Student ID Number.
    • Formatting the email to
      • Subject Line: Updating Preferred Name Module
      • Body: Hello, Please update the Preferred Name Module to reflect my chosen name. Name: LAST, First, Preferred Name: First, ID: #########. Thank you, Name (Pronouns)
  • Where will my display name show up?
    • Canvas LMS
    • Email
    • Student ID
    • Residence Life and Housing
    • Dining Services
    • CampusGroups
  • What are the exceptions?
    • Financial Aid
    • Official transcripts
    • Blackboard Collaborate (video classroom)

Other Resources (this is not an exhaustive list)

Local/State Resources National Resources Media
Shenandoah LGBTQ Center PFLAG Books
Friendly City Safe Space Trevor Project


AGLA (northern VA)  Planned Parenthood Movies/TV
Planned Parenthood (Charlottesville)
UVA Gender Health Services
Equality Virginia

Email for additional national, local, and media resources.


Safe Zone Program

Safe Zone is a national initiative most often housed on college campuses. This program is intended to visibly identify Mary Baldwin faculty, staff, and students who support the LGBTQ+ and ally community and are committed to serving as a resource to all LGBTQ+ individuals.

Those who have completed Safe Zone training place a Safe Zone decal in a visible location indicating that this individual vows to be a respectful listener, provide a safe, friendly, non-judgmental space, maintain confidentiality, and refer others to resources as needed in regards to the LGBTQ+ community.

Sign Up for Safe Zone Training


Group-Specific Trainings

You can request a LGBTQ+ training for your club, organization, or group. Email Samuel “Sam” Irons at to submit your request.

Mary Baldwin Safe Zone Logo: diagonally from left to right through the M and B : black, brown, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple finishing the B in solid black.

A current list of Safe Zone trained faculty and staff can be found here.



The Safe Zone House, LLC

The Safe Zone House is a safe, residential space and support hub for LGBTQ+ students. The Safe Zone House functions as a living-learning community to provide various programming to support and educate the entire Mary Baldwin University community regarding the LGBTQ+ community.

All students who live in the Safe Zone House are Safe Zone trained and can provide active support and mentoring for members of the Mary Baldwin LGBTQ+ community. Placement within the Safe Zone House is an application-based process in conjunction with the Office of Student Activities and LGBTQ+ Resources.
If you would like to contact members of the Safe Zone House, please email