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Lasell Receives Grant from National Institute to Address Gender-Based Violence

September 21, 2016

Lasell is among a group of 20 colleges and universities across the country selected by the Avon Foundation for Women to receive a one-year $10,000 grant to elevate prevention education efforts related to gender-based violence on campus. 

Legal Studies Professor Karin Raye, who has been part of a campus initiative to educate and help prevent sexual violence, gathered a multi-disciplinary team that applied for the grant earlier this year through The National Leadership Institute: Changing the Narrative on Campus Gender-Based Violence program. The institute receives funding through the Avon Foundation.

The program, developed in partnership with Futures Without Violence, Harvard Law School and University of Virginia, will train six members of the staff from each participating school, including administrators from Student Affairs, police, Title IX officers, counseling staff and a student, at a Leadership Institute later this fall. Following the training, the College will receive the $10,000 grant to implement the action plans developed during the training.

"This is a great honor and aligns perfectly with our current student-led initiatives on campus to educate  our community and improve our responses to sexual and domestic violence," said Raye.  We are eager to expand our knowledge and extend the scope of our efforts as we learn best practices of trauma informed programs through the Leadership Institute."