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Safe Zone Logo What is Safe Zone?

Safe Zones at National Louis University are spaces where Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) individuals can receive support within a safe and inclusive environment. There are Safe Zones located on all NLU campuses and are identified by the symbol above.

What is a Safe Zone Ally?

A Safe Zone Ally fosters an atmosphere of support and celebration of LGBTQ individuals. Allies are NLU students, faculty, and staff who have successfully completed the Safe Zone training and choose to support and advocate with those who are LGBTQ. Allies take the pledge to be understanding, non-judgmental, and willing to provide acceptance and assistance regardless of sexuality, gender identification/expression or other differences. Safe Zone allies proudly display the NLU Safe Zone symbol as an identifiable source of support.



  • A new semester can be stressful for trans and nonbinary students entering new classes with new professors. Professors, this is something to be aware of!  Students, need to contact your professor about preferred names and pronouns? Here’s a template you can use to email your professors before classes begin!

 Hello Professor ___________,

I am enrolled in your course, (insert official course title/number), meeting on (insert days/times).  I identify as (insert gender identity). My legal name will appear on your course roster as (insert legal name). I have not yet legally changed my name, but would very much appreciate if you would instead refer to / speak to me in class and correspondence by my chosen first name, (insert your chosen name), and with (insert your pronoun) pronoun. I am happy to answer any questions you may have. Feel free to reply to this email address. I am very excited to begin classes and look forward to meeting you. Thank you for acknowledging my gender identity.


 (Your preferred full name)



    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
    (888) 658.8632
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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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