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Sessions & Speakers

Personal Safety Conference 2015 Sessions & Speakers

Session Descriptions

Session 1:

Beyond Boundaries: Sexual Violence Prevention and Response for International and Study Abroad Programs
Van Curler Room

This session will discuss ideas to reach multiple audiences—such as International Programs staff, Trip leaders/ internship advisors, departing study abroad students, and international and exchange students—with regard to sexual violence prevention and response.

Critical Incidents, Case Studies
Stockade 101

This is a session focused on police and campus response to  high impact events. Case examples and how to best plan for critical incidents will be discussed. Followed by Q&A.

Engaging Fraternities  and Sororities
Stockade 102

This presentation will explore how to engage men, in particular fraternity men in the sexual assault prevention movement. Presenting to sorority women in a meaningful way will also be addressed. The program will showcase a multi-tiered, interactive, peer education program.

Session 2

Advocacy Center and Collaboration with the Title IX Officer
Van Curler Room

In this session the University at Albany’s full time Title IX Coordinator and the Director of the Advocacy Center for Sexual Violence will discuss the importance of a collaborative approach to successfully responding to sexual misconduct on their campus. Ms. Stenger and Ms. Cleary will share their experience using a unified method in educating the University at Albany community about their roles and the interplay between the two professional offices. They will discuss the rationale behind a unified approach and the benefits that are already evident on  campus as result of their collective efforts.

Addressing Hate Crime
Stockade 101

This is a roundtable discussion on how campus police and security have addressed hate crimes. Case examples will be discussed. Q&A to follow.

Building Partnerships & Expertise in Sexual Violence Prevention: Towards A Coordinated Approach with Campuses and Rape Crisis Centers
Stockade 102

This session will highlight emerging and ongoing partnerships between campuses and Rape Crisis Centers. Crisis Services of Buffalo, RESTORE Sexual Assault Services of Rochester and the YWCA of Niagara, and our SUNY Partners: the University at Buffalo, the College at Brockport, and Niagara County Community College, will provide examples of how campuses and community based Rape Crisis Centers can collaboratively approach the prevention of and response to sexual violence on campus. The session will focus on best practices from both the campus and Rape Crisis lens, including a trauma-informed, victim-centered approach to prevention, crisis intervention and follow-up. Q&A to follow.  

Lunch Time Presentation
Van Curler Room

SHATTERED: Using Theatre to Educate Campus Communities About Sexual Assault

This presentation will cover the mission of AFP, and its recent role using theatre as a vehicle for campus initiatives concerning sexual assault. In this session, video clips and photos of student production, specifically Drama-based education with focus on sexual consent. Q&A to follow.

Session 3

Van Curler Room

Ask Us Anything (about Title IX, the Clery Act and VAWA): Two SUNY lawyers Answer Your Questions and Discuss the Laws and Implementation. State Operated Campuses

SUNY Associate Counsel Andrea Stagg and Joseph Storch will provide a brief legal update on these laws and will respond any questions/comments about these laws and their implementation. This is a discussion session and all are welcome to participate.

Title IX Case Discussion: Community College Roundtable
Stockade 101

Bring case questions or issues related to the implementation of Title IX at your community college. Community college professionals and administrators are encouraged to attend.

Working with LGBTQ Students. Engaging Faculty
Stockade 102

This session will provide concrete examples of targeted outreach to faculty and LGBTQ students as part of  a comprehensive sexual violence prevention plan that has been in practice at SUNY Buffalo since 2007. Resources for planning processes and implementation will be provided, as well as training resources and lessons learned.

Session 4

Engaging Students - Marketing, Outreach and Education
Van Curler Room

The goal of this session is to provide some new ideas on how to engage members of the campus community in sexual violence prevention and response. Panel members will discuss their successes as well as things they learned the hard way.

Student-Centered and Sustainable Methods for Education on Sexual Assault
Stockade 101

This will be a roundtable discussion about campus practices, successes, challenges and concerns. Presenters will share a case study to highlight a grassroots, student-centered, cost effective and sustainable method.

Engaging Athletes in Sexual Violence Prevention
Stockade 102

This is a session focused on how to best educate athletes and how to engage coaches in education/prevention sessions. Discussion and exchange of ideas is encouraged. This is an emerging area for many campuses and your ideas and comments are welcome.

Presenter Information:

Nan Pasquarello
Title IX Coordinator, SUNY Cortland

Paul Berger
Deputy Commissioner for University Police, SUNY Administration

Dara Raboy-Picciano
Co-Founder/Coordinator 20:1 Sexual Assault Prevention Program
Coordinator 20:1 Bystander Intervention Program, Binghamton University

LC Coghill
Director of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, Binghamton University

Carol Stenger
Director, Advocacy Center for Sexual Violence
University at Albany

Chantelle Cleary
Title IX Coordinator
University at Albany

Caitlin Powalski
Sexual Violence Prevention Advocate. Program Coordinator Crisis Services, Buffalo, NY

Robyn Witorski-Reynolds
Director, Advocate Program Crisis Services, Buffalo, NY

Carrie A. Moylan, PhD
Assistant Professor, Binghamton University

Christi Waldron
RESTORE Sexual Assault Counselor, Planned Parenthood of Central & Western New York

Anna Sotelo-Peryea
Public Health Planner/Violence Prevention Coordinator, University at Buffalo

Eve Everette
Buffalo State College
Anne Frank Project, Theatre Dept

Lisa Babcock
Director of Security
Niagara County Community College

Joseph Storch
Associate Counsel, SUNY General Counsel
To join the Clery Act Listserv, email Joe Storch with your campus name and title

Andrea Stagg
Associate Counsel, SUNY General Counsel
To join the Title IX Listserv, email Andrea Stagg with your campus name and title

Dona Bulluck
Associate Counsel, SUNY General Counsel

Rebecca Harrington
Health Educator, Office of Health Education, Counseling, Health and Wellness Center, SUNY College at Oneonta

Lisa  Evaneski
Dean of Students/Title IX Coordinator, SUNY Oswego


Robyn King
Acting Director of Wellness & Support Services, Schenectady County Community College

Paula Madrigal
Wellness & Prevention Coordinator, Buffalo State College

Ruth Goldman
Assistant Professor, Communications Dept., Buffalo State College

Jason Parker
Diversity Program Coordinator, Buffalo State College

Craig Wright
Associate Vice President, Nassau Community College

Martha Asselin
Acting President, Schenectady County Community College

Chip Morris
Dean of Students
SUNY Potsdam

Liz Droz
Asst Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
SUNY Administration

Paul Marthers
Associate Vice Chancellor and
Vice Provost for Strategic Enrollment and Student Success

SUNY Personal Safety Committee

Mission Statement

The University-wide Committee on Personal Safety works to identify and focus system and campus attention on issues related to personal safety in an effort to establish and maintain a positive learning, living, and working environment. The Committee supports efforts to encourage personal safety for students, faculty, staff, and visitors, through the identification, promotion, and recognition of best practices. The Committee serves as an advisory body for the Chancellor and system on personal safety proposals, initiatives, and policies.

For information on previous events see

Members - Position Title

*new to committee as of spring, 2015.

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