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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.


Office Launches Diversity and Inclusion Training

In September 2018, President Bradley announced commitments to launch anti-bias training, beginning with student facing administrators and eventually for all Vassar employees.  In January, the Professional Development Office initiated a series of bias awareness and education workshops for division employees, facilitated by consultants Diane Goodman and Tanya Williams. More than 160 division administrators and support staff from administrative offices, Campus Dining, and Safety and Security participated in the half-day workshops between January 8 and January 17.  The long-term goal is to train a team of administrators to sustain diversity, inclusion and equity training for the division.