Strategies for Interrupting Harm and Supporting Student Survivors of Sexual Violence

Thursday, March 12th: 7:30 am-9:30 am & 1:oo pm – 3 pm

Sexual violence happens in astounding and unacceptable rates to college students of all genders. This workshop, facilitated by the Director and the Program Coordinator in the Support, Advocacy, and Violence Prevention (SAVP) Office, will offer definitions of sexual assault and consent, give an overview of campus resources, introduce supportive listening and advocacy skills, and discuss bystander intervention strategies to reduce and prevent instances of harm. The facilitators will particularly focus on what Safety and Security officers can do to assist Vassar students, either in their roles as potential bystanders or potential supporters for survivors.

Nicole Wong
Director, Support, Advocacy, and Violence Prevention (SAVP) Office; Erin BossProgram Coordinator, Support, Advocacy, and Violence Prevention (SAVP) Office

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About the Facilitators

Nicole Wong (she/her pronouns) is the Director in the Support, Advocacy, and Violence Prevention (SAVP) Office. Nicole earned her Masters degree in Social Work at Columbia University in Advanced Clinical Practice with a focus on Health, Mental Health, and Disabilities. She earned her BA in Sociology and English from Vassar College. As the SAVP Director, Nicole provides survivor-centered support and advocacy to individuals impacted by sexual and interpersonal violence. Previously, Nicole was the Violence Prevention Educator at Vassar. She also worked in the anti-violence field at Family Services’ Center for Victim Safety and Support (CVSS) in Poughkeepsie, NY where she held the positions of High Risk Case Manager and Coordinator of Advocacy.

Erin Boss (she/her pronouns) is the Program Coordinator in the Support, Advocacy, and Violence Prevention (SAVP) Office.  She received her BA in Women’s Studies from Vassar in 2016, and worked tirelessly on Hudson Valley anti-violence projects before returning to Vassar as an administrator in May 2019. Erin previously worked for Family Services as the Dutchess County Sexual Assault Response Team Coordinator, and also worked in the Family Services Center for Victim Safety and Support as an advocate.


April 2019 Newsletter

Since July 2018, the Professional Development Office has worked with employees in the Dean of the College division to create professional development resources and build employee learning communities to increase our capacity for supporting the success of students.

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Early Career Administrators Gather for Lunch and Dialogue

The first of three spring semester Lunch and Dialogue events for early career administrators in the Dean of the College division took place on March 27 in the College Center Multipurpose Room. Eleven administrators representing the areas of Access and Educational Opportunity, Campus Activities, Career Development, Residential Life, Sexual Assault and Violence Prevention (SAVP), Health Promotion and Education, and Student Growth and Engagement (ALANA Center and Transitions) reflected on their early career experiences and aspirations as administrators.  Setting the context for the 90-minute session were Stacy Bingham, Assistant Dean of Studies/Director of Career Development and Luis Inoa, Associate Dean of the College for Residential Life and Wellness. Highlights of the dialogue included observations about work-life balance, graduate education, friendships, gaining credibility and respect as new administrators, networking, family and significant others as supports, and how to locate one’s “compass” in such a fast-paced and high impact profession.  On April 17, Dean of the College Carlos Alamo-Pastrana, joined the group to talk about his career path from faculty to senior administrator and engaged participants in thoughtful and lively dialogue about navigating cultures of administration, self-care, staying intellectually stimulated, and preparing for the future.