Who to Contact

The purpose of the Bias Response Protocol is to offer a mechanism for reporting bias incidents, hate crimes and other offending behavior that may negatively impact our sense of community and/or the experience of each member. This work will be led by two teams - the Bias Response Team Community Advocates (BRTCA) & the Bias Response Team (BRT). Each team is charged with aspects of supervision and implementation of the College's Bias Response Protocol.

The Bias Response Team Community Advocates are members of the larger Bias Response Team who conduct initial conversations with the affected person. As an initial point of contact, the advocate will offer support to the affected person and allow an opportunity for the individual to process the incident and empower them to determine what next steps would be helpful to them. The advocate will remain in contact with the reporter as needed until the matter is addressed, answering any questions and making any appropriate referrals.

Proposed Bias Response Team Community Advocates:

  • AVP for Diversity & Inclusion, Team Coordinator (Lisa Smith-McQueenie)
  • Senior Vice President of Organizational Culture, Diversity & Inclusion (Debra Perez)
  • Dean for Student Life (Susan Antonelli)
  • Assistant Director of Residence Life, (Amelia McConnell)
  • DIAC Faculty (Gary Bailey)
  • Chief, Public Safety (Marjorie Pike)
  • Academic Deans (from each school)
  • Deputy Provost*

Bias Response Team Community Advocates will:

  • Act as the College's "first response" team when dealing with reported bias incidents of community impact (these may or may not involve an individual target).
  • In some cases of bias-related action, there is not a clear reporter and respondent.
  • Supervise the process set out in the Bias Response Protocol of the College.
  • Ensure timely response to reported incidents of bias, discrimination, and harassment.
  • Work with the College's designated investigator who will gather and track data on incidents and outcomes.
  • Assess incidents and refer to other departments, if applicable.
  • Notify other offices/departments, as appropriate.
  • Identify students, groups or other members of the community who may be affected by the incident and need assistance (friends, family, faculty).
  • Provide or facilitate follow up support and identify resources as needed.
  • Evaluate the impact of services and assistance provided on an ongoing basis.
  • Follow up with all affected persons no later than the end of the semester.
  • Meet monthly or more frequently on an as needed basis.

* While not a part of the standing subcommittee of community advocates these individuals serve as an extension of this group and may be the "first responder" by virtue of their role at the college or based on the choice of the affected person who is reporting.