DOJ Grant 


Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women Grant

A grant of $749,998 over three years (2017-2019) was awarded to the 7Cs to strengthen existing support services for survivors, expand prevention education, and build a Core and Expanded Coordinated Community Response Team (CCRT). The grant money goes primarily to the EmPOWER Center. The Center coordinates the grant in close collaboration with 7C Title IX Coordinators.   


The Claremont Colleges were among 45 colleges and universities in the nation, and the only higher education institutions in California, to receive the Department of Justice award for the 2017-2019 grant period.


Core Coordinated Community Response Team (CCRT)

The Core CCRT was formalized in January 2017. Through multidisciplinary collaboration, the CCRT engages the Claremont Colleges’ community in the prevention of and holistic response to sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking. Core CCRT members include the EmPOWER Center, Campus Safety, Monsour Counseling & Psychological Services, the 7C Title IX Coordinators, the Claremont Police Department, and Project Sister Family Services. The members represent consortium partners in violence prevention, crisis and ongoing response, and support services for students impacted by these forms of violence. Core CCRT members meet monthly to advance and review progress under the grant initiatives, which include implementing best practices in prevention and survivor services, evaluating and updating consortium policies and processes, and collaborating on trainings and events.


Core CCRT Members

Rima Shah (Director, EmPOWER Center)

Jennifer Alanis (Associate Dean of Institutional Diversity & Title IX Officer, Harvey Mudd College)

Julie Boynton (Executive Director, Project Sister Family Services)

Moya Carter (Clery Coordinator, Campus Safety, The Claremont Colleges Services)

Pharalyn Crozier (Interim Director, Queer Resource Center)

Lynzie DeVeres (Title IX Coordinator, Claremont McKenna College)

Adriana di Bartolo (Associate Dean of Students and Interim Title IX Coordinator, Scripps College)

Jami Hinshaw (Associate Dean of Students, Claremont Graduate University)

Sue McCarthy (Associate Dean, Title IX Coordinator, Clery Coordinator and College Diversity Officer, Pomona College)

Brittany Raygoza (Title IX and Clery Coordinator, Keck Graduate Institute)

Fiona Vajk (Assistant Director, Monsour Counseling & Psychological Services, The Claremont Colleges Services)

Shelly Vander Veen (Chief of Police, Claremont Police Department)

Corinne Vorenkamp (Title IX Coordinator, Pitzer College)

Expanded CCRT

In Spring 2018, the core CCRT assembled an “Expanded CCRT,” which included students, staff, and faculty. This Expanded CCRT convenes once per semester to provide a forum for regular updates on progress under the grant and upcoming initiatives and for attendees to gather key information to share back to their departments, clubs, residence halls, etc. Expanded CCRT attendees are also encouraged to share feedback and/or concerns they are hearing on their campuses related to sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking in these meetings.


Expanded CCRT Members

Attendees at our past Expanded CCRTs meetings have included staff representing Student Health Services, Pomona-Pitzer and CMS Athletics, the 7C Inclusive Excellence committee, Chaplains, Scripps Corporate and Government Relations, Campus Safety, House of Ruth, the Claremont Police Commission, International Place, and Pitzer College Residential Life, as well as students representing Pitzer Advocates for Survivors of Sexual Violence, CMC Title IX Fellows, and KGI student government.


For more information, please contact EmPOWER Center Director, Rima Shah at

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