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To: The St. Lawrence Community

From: Daniel F. Sullivan, President; Margaret Kent Bass, Interim Vice President and Dean of Student Life and Co-Curricular Education; Grant H. Cornwell, Vice President of the University and Dean of Academic Affairs

Date: January 30, 2006

Subject: Department of Justice Grant

We're pleased to announce that St. Lawrence University is the recipient of a $200,000 grant award from the U.S. Department of Justice from their Grants to Reduce Violent Crimes Against Women on Campus Program - a funding opportunity targeted specifically for college campuses. The fact that St. Lawrence has been selected to receive a grant award is the result of the collaboration of a number of students, faculty, staff, and community members, who worked diligently to put together a competitive proposal to meet identified campus needs. The funds will be used over the next two years to improve efforts aimed at preventing violent crimes against women and responding to those who are victims of crime.

The University will use the federal funds to implement the Advocating Widespread Awareness and Rape-prevention Education (AWARE) Project, under the direction of Assistant Director of Counseling Services Jessica Parillo, who coordinated St. Lawrence's grant application. The purpose of AWARE is to strengthen prevention efforts through educational programs for the campus community, law enforcement and judiciary personnel; increase victim resources and provide training for service providers to improve response to victims. Serving as an advisory committee for the grant implementation is the campus Sexual Assault Advisory Board established last fall.

The funding will also be used to advance collaborative efforts between the University and Citizens Against Violent Acts (CAVA), the St. Lawrence Valley Renewal House for Victims of Family Violence and Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Ogdensburg. The Canton Village Police Department will also be part of the AWARE program, as the criminal justice collaborator. Departments from across the St. Lawrence campus, including security and safety; counseling services; residential life; health services and the First-Year Program, will be involved in this very important initiative.

The Grants to Reduce Violent Crimes Against Women on Campus Program allows institutions of higher education to establish multidisciplinary consortia to combat violent crimes against women. These comprehensive efforts are designed to enhance victim services, implement prevention and education programs and develop and strengthen security and investigation strategies in order to prevent and respond to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking crimes on campuses.

We'd like to take this opportunity to publicly thank Jessica Parillo, Rance Davis, Ali Pomponio, The Committee on the Status of Women, Mia Hutchins-Cabibi '06, Heather McCauley '06, the Advocates, Thelmo, and numerous others who contributed to the development of our AWARE Program.

Members of the new Student Life Working Against Sexual Assault Advisory Board, announced last fall are:

Faculty:

Dr. Peter Bailey, English
Dr. Karin Bodensteiner, Biology
Dr. Judith DeGroat, History
Dr. Erin McCarthy, Philosophy
Dr. Andrea Nouryeh, Speech and Theatre

Students:

Daniel Auerbach '08
Mia Hutchins-Cabibi '06
Amanda Kenton '08
Sahiry Rodriguez '07

Staff:

Jess Parrillo, Counseling Services and Advocate Program
Rance Davis '80, Associate Dean and Chief Judicial Officer
Pat Gagnon, Director and Chief of Security
Margaret Kent Bass, ex-officio

More information: The press release from Senator Charles Schumer's (D-NY) office, announcing the grant to St. Lawrence

Posted: January 30, 2006

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