LGBTQ+ Resources

Overview | 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 Coordinator for Student Activities and LGBTQ Resources, Samuel “Sam” Irons. Questions regarding these resources can be directed to them:

Sam Irons
Director for Student Activities and LGBTQ Resources
Kable House 114A


Students Out, Understanding, and Loving Students (SOULS)

SOULS is a student-run campus club. SOULS 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.
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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.



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.

The 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