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)
Lauren Lockwood (OVW Grant Project Coordinator, EmPOWER Center)
Shelly Vander Veen (Chief of Police, Claremont Police Department)
Julie Boynton (Executive Director, Project Sister Family Services)
Sally Steffen (Title IX Coordinator, Scripps College)
Lynzie DeVeres (Title IX Coordinator, Claremont McKenna College)
Leslie Hughes (Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Interim Title IX Coordinator, Harvey Mudd College)
Corinne Vorenkamp (Title IX Coordinator, Pitzer College)
Sue McCarthy (Title IX Coordinator, Pomona College)
Ariel Carpenter (Director of Student Life and International Services, Claremont Graduate University)
Brittany Raygoza (Title IX and Clery Coordinator, Keck Graduate Institute)
Roland Smith (Lieutenant, Campus Safety)
Fiona Vajk (Assistant Director, Monsour Counseling & Psychological Services)
Pharalyn Crozier (Assistant Director, Queer Resource Center)
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 or to join the Expanded CCRT, please contact the OVW Grant Project Coordinator, Lauren Lockwood: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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