Albany, NY – In 2007, the College of St. Rose, Siena College and Albany Law School became one of the few recipients of the campus grant to apply as a consortium. Dennis McDonald, Project Director and the current Vice President of Student Affairs at the College of St. Rose oversees the grant with the help of Project Coordinators Sherri Salvione and Michelle Murray, both advocates at Equinox, a community based organization that serves domestic violence survivors and is active partner on the grant.
CALCASA Campus Program met with each campus team on their respective campus. College of St. Rose team also included the attendance of a representative from the campus’ Women’s Initiative, a student run group working to advance women’s issues. Meeting with the Albany Police Department representative and as well as representatives from the District Attorney’s Office provided further insight into how the consortium works.
Later that day, CALCASA met several staff members at Equinox and toured the beautiful facility that provides direct services to domestic violence survivors and their families. In the evening, CALCASA attended the beautiful vigil held at Albany Law School for domestic violence survivors.
The second day of the visit started at Albany Law School. The Legal Project hosted the lunch meeting where CALCASA attended the Coordinating Council’s monthly meeting. The Coordinating Council (CC) is comprised of representatives from the various university and community-based partners. The CC serves to coordinate consistent and sensitive response to gender based violence at all three institutions of higher learning.
CALCASA’s site visit ended at Siena College where staff met members of the team and learned about the human rights framework that drives the judicial affairs process relating to sexual violence on campus.