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SAVP Resource Update During Spring 2021

The Support, Advocacy, & Violence Prevention (SAVP) Office at Vassar College continues to provide services to our community in any way we can. We know that harm and trauma don’t stop for our community members while they are away from campus, or for our community members who remain on campus. We also recognize that the impact of harm and trauma may be amplified because of these changes. We are dedicated to adapting our services to shift with the evolving demands of public health and well-being. Appointments for the Spring 2021 semester will be virtual due to COVID-19. 

SAVP Office Transitions: As of April 2, 2021, Nicole Wong, our SAVP Director, has departed her role at Vassar College. Please know that Erin Boss, SAVP Program Coordinator, is out on medical leave at this time, but is looking forward to returning to the office. In light of all of these changes, support and advocacy resources will still be available to students through the SAVP Office. While the school begins the process to hire a new SAVP Director, please refer to the following resources to access support in the interim: 

  • Erika Pappas (she/her), the Director of Case Management, will be the primary point of contact for any students in need of support and advocacy related to SAVP. Erika can be reached at epappas@vassar.edu. Erika is a private resource on campus.  
  • If you need to speak with someone immediately, SAVP Advocates are available 24/7 to anyone in need of support and advocacy. SAVP Advocates can be reached by calling the Campus Response Center (CRC) at (845) 437-7333 and asking to speak with an advocate. SAVP Advocates are also private resources on campus. 
  • Kayla Miller (she/her), the Campus Victim Advocate at Family Services Center for Victim Safety & Support (CVSS), provides support, advocacy, accompaniment, and other information and referrals to college survivors of crime and works closely with the SAVP office at Vassar. Kayla is not employed by the college, so she can serve as an outside confidential resource for any student with questions and concerns. Kayla can be contacted by either email at kmiller@familyservicesny.org or phone (845-452-1110 ext 3411). Students can also call the CVSS 24-hour hotlines for domestic violence (845-485-5550) or for rape crisis/crime victims (845-452-7272).
  • If there is an urgent administrative need, please reach out to Dean Luis Inoa at inoa@vassar.edu. Please note that Dean Luis is a responsible employee.
  • And as always, resources on campus such as the Counseling Service, Title IX/EOAA, Safety & Security, and Health Services are always available to students in need of additional support. Please refer to our resources page on our website for more information and who to contact! 

The Support, Advocacy, & Violence Prevention (SAVP) Office at Vassar College aims to prevent and respond to sexual assault, relationship abuse, stalking, and sexual harassment through prevention education, collaboration, outreach, and advocacy. SAVP is committed to taking a survivor-centered approach, which means that if a student is victimized, they are given the options and make the decisions about what services they would like to access and whether or not they would like to report the incident.

If you have experienced sexual assault, rape, relationship abuse, and/or stalking, it is not your fault and you are not alone. We are here to help.

If you are concerned about your own or someone else's safety, call 911 or Vassar Safety & Security at (845) 437-7333. If you are safe and are looking for information about on/off campus resources or reporting options, you can reach a Vassar SAVP Advocate (formerly SART)  by calling (845) 437-7333 and asking for a SAVP Advocate. SAVP Advocates are trained faculty/staff/administrators who are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can provide you with information about the resources available to support you.

You may also contact staff in the SAVP Office by emailing savp@vassar.edu for support, advocacy, and more information about your options. SAVP is a private resources on campus. For more information see Responsible, Private, or Confidential