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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). 

The CCT promotes a culture of 'we precedes me.'


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


Student Members:

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


Employee Members:

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


For more information on Vassar's Community Standards and COVID policies, please visit our VassarTogether site.