Community Care Team
What is the Community Care Team?
Accountability for our community standards is supported through the Community Care Team (CCT).The CCT is a highly collaborative group of students and employees, chaired by Dean Wendy Maragh Taylor of Student Growth and Engagement with organizational support from Sarah Garijo-Garde, Community Care Program Associate. Members of the CCT receive training in bystander intervention, restorative practices, and unconscious bias work. Members of the CCT meet with individuals who have been identified as potentially causing harm to the community to engage in a restorative conversation. All actions taken by the CCT are non-punitive in nature, and we offer coaching to those who are willing to “carefront” their peers or colleagues. The CCT also collaborates with campus partners such as Safety and Security, Student Conduct, and the COVID-19 Threat Assessment Team (CTAT).
Accountability on Campus
Our safety protocols are multilayered, encompassing testing, social distancing, mask-wearing, and enhanced cleaning. We recognize that there will be instances when a member of the community does not adhere to a community norm, either intentionally or inadvertently. In these cases, we ask that members in the community serve as the first “carefront” in responding to these violations. For example, if an individual is not wearing a mask you might approach them and offer solutions to where they might acquire one.
If you notice instances of harm being done to the community, please reach out to the CCT by filling out this form.
Please note that the CCT is not an emergency response service. In particular instances that involve time-sensitive or emergent concerns, it may be appropriate to call Safety and Security through the Campus Response Center (845-437-5221) prior to or in addition to filling out a Community Care Assist form. Please also contact the CRC for matters involving immediate harm or danger, especially if these situations include large gatherings where there may be impaired judgement, which could put the community at greater risk. As per the College’s standard process, Safety & Security may refer students to Student Conduct if they respond to an incident that had college violations. Students are also encouraged to maintain accountability among their peers. Resources such as the Community Care Resource Center on Moodle and CCT coaching on “carefronting” are available to support this expectation.
Adherence to community standards is expected to be taken seriously by all members of the campus. If a student continues to interfere with the living and learning environment of others or their behavior is egregious in causing harm to the community, they might be referred to Student Conduct. Egregious violations of student expectations and COVID-19 protocols will be investigated promptly by the COVID-19 Threat Assessment Team (CTAT) and may result in the immediate removal from campus housing, and students may be denied access to the college's facilities. The CTAT will assess the level of risk to self and others, and this may result in a student being sent home and invited to study remotely, depending upon the severity of the risk (i.e. hosting an event that was not sanctioned by the college or an activity not in compliance with our community COVID-19 safety standards).
Similarly, employees who repeatedly violate safety expectations and policy directives are subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination. Failure to follow these directives is insubordination. The CCT refers those cases to Human Resources and the senior officer of that area for further consideration.
Community Care Team Membership
CCT membership for the Fall 2020 semester is as follows:
Wendy Maragh Taylor, Associate Dean of the College for Student Growth and Engagement and Chair of the Community Care Team
Sarah Garijo-Garde, Community Care Program Associate
Anne-Marie Abban, Class of 2021
Tiara Coleman, Class of 2022
Mila Fox, Class of 2023
Melissa Hoffmann, Class of 2021
Victoria Horner, Class of 2023
Lucy Kuhn, Class of 2022
Amanda Lion, Class of 2021
Alexa Lyons, Class of 2021
Prashit Parikh, Class of 2021
Olav Peterson Langeland, Class of 2021
Sarah Berry Pierce, Class of 2022
Susanna Shull, Class of 2023
Lisa Smart, Class of 2022
Lillian Wolsk, Class of 2022
Danielle Aquilar, Security Officer
Capria Berry, Director of Transitions Program
Kevin Collins, Director of ALANA Center
Carollynn Costella, Reference Librarian
Jaime Del Razo, Assistant Professor of Education and House Fellow
Michael Drucker, Director of Residential Education
Danushi Fernando, Director of LGBTQ & Gender Resources
Anna Belle Gadsden-Jones, Manager of Residential Operations
Richard Gary, Head Coach of Men's Volleyball
Heidi Hunsberger, Safety & Security Administrative Lieutenant
Lizzie Jáuregui, House Advisor and Assistant Director of Residential Life
Yousra Khan, Office Specialist
Adam Lowrance, Associate Professor and House Fellow
Taneisha Means, Assistant Professor of Political Science and House Fellow
Jasmine Mitchell, Campus Activities Program Manager
Lori Newman, Assistant Professor of Psychological Science and House Fellow
Andrea Pesavento, Director of Health Promotion & Education
Michelle Ransom, Director of Student Activities & College Center
Samuel Rueda, House Advisor
Elliot Schreiber, Associate Professor of German Studies and House Fellow
Will Rush, Assistant Director of Campus Activities
Michelle Walsh, Director of Athletics & Physical Education
Christina Winnett, House Advisor and Assistant Director of Residential Life
Nicole Wong, Director of Sexual Assault & Violence Prevention
Rodney Young, Sergeant on Call