from the Northeastern University Voice, (September 27, 2006)
Northeastern University’s Human Services Program in the College of Arts & Sciences has received a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to open a Campus Center on Violence Against Women. The new center will further develop the University’s existing sexual assault prevention program, while enlisting students in peer education, and strengthening the University’s collaboration with community organizations like the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center and the Victim Rights Law Center.
Northeastern University already has a well-established reputation for addressing violence against women. Existing programs include the Mentors in Violence Prevention Program (MVP) and a Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Seminar. A full-time sexual assault counselor is also available for students through the University Health and Counseling Services, and an undergraduate Course, Sexual Assault Training: Techniques in Counseling and field work, is offered through Northeastern’s Human Services Program.
Northeastern’s Campus Center on Violence Against Women will provide greater coordination of these programs while establishing a number of new initiatives. The $200,000 U.S. Department of Justice grant will provide for:
– Hiring of a full-time coordinator for the Campus Center on Violence Against Women, a soon to be established hub of information, education and services at Northeastern
– Significant growth in education and outreach on sexual assault prevention for students, faculty and staff including sessions for athletes, incoming freshman, and transfer students
– Creation of an undergraduate Peer Educators Program: In alignment with Northeastern’s service-learning emphasis, undergraduates will complete a sexual assault training course and perform sixty hours of community education and outreach annually
– Expanding training in responding to sexual assault and dating violence for the NU Police Department and Northeastern’s Office of Student Conflict and Conflict Resolution
– Expanding counseling and support services for victims of sexual assault through a partnership with the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
The receipt of this grant is representative of Northeastern’s continued commitment to reduce incidences of violence against women, provide support to victims, and to ensure just prosecution of perpetrators, said Lori Gardinier, director of Northeastern University’s Human Services Program.
“In addition, the creation of a Campus Center on Violence Against Women will further serve to formalize our already well-established relationships with community groups like the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center and the Victim Rights Law Center,” added Gardinier.
A working group will convene shortly to conduct a job search for a full-time coordinator. The Center is expected to be fully operational by spring 2007.