FIRE Place

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A resource and support center that addresses issues of sexual assault and other bias incidents

FIRE is our acronym for "Fighting Ignorance and Rape through Education."

We are located in Room 3130 of Sindecuse Health Center. Please call (269) 387-2990 for hours as they change by semester.

Ten reasons to visit FIRE Place

  1. Become part of a movement to stop hate, violence, and discrimination.
  2. Learn about how to create a “hate free environment.”
  3. Participate in healing art awareness projects.
  4. Get support from trained peers.
  5. Learn about WMU programs, registered student organizations and program offices.
  6. Do independent research on how and why violence occurs.
  7. Learn how to support survivors of biased incidents and sexual assault.
  8. Learn about available resources in the WMU community.
  9. Discover how you can change the culture.
  10. Enjoy a “hate free zone” and safe place.

About FIRE Place

FIRE Place is a resource and support center that addresses the issues of sexual assault and other bias incidents. It a safe space for students to enjoy, providing peer support and education—including a number of art and awareness projects for students to participate in. Creating and maintaining a linked network with other programs on Western Michigan University’s campus and in the community, the center assists in seamless referral to the services, program offices, and registered student organizations that are most beneficial to a students needs. FIRE Place maintains a collection of resources and educational publications on the topics of sexual assault, bias incident, and other forms of violence. We explore why and how these situations occur and what we can do to change the culture to prevent them.

What is a bias incident?
Bias incident: negative things that may happen to us because of who we are (skin color, gender, sexual orientation, etc.). In other words, a hateful or discriminating act or comment toward a particular identity group.

Who is FIRE Place for?

  • Survivors of sexual assault
  • Survivors and witnesses of bias incidents
  • Students interested in joining the movement to end violence and discrimination
  • Students interested in creating art that brings awareness
  • Students interested in research on sexual assault, bias incidents, and discrimination
  • Students searching for a WMU program, office or registered student organization that best fits them
  • Students needing information or assistance with reporting

How can I get involved?
Everyone has the ability to do their part to prevent bias incidents and hate crimes. Creating a "hate free zone" starts with you.

  • Spread the message that differences are something to be appreciated.
  • Contribute to the art and awareness projects at the FIRE Place.
  • Visit the FIRE Place and check out our awareness information.
  • Become a FIRE Place volunteer.

If you are interested in becoming a FIRE Place support staff member, please turn in the application form.

Contact information

For more information, contact Amber M. at (269) 387-2990 or shc-firepeered@wmich.edu.