|Nicole Kelly Wong||Director of SAVP||845-437-7863|
Charlotte Strauss Swanson
Charlotte Strauss Swanson is the Sexual Assault and Violence Prevention Director at Vassar College. Charlotte is a Licensed Master Social Worker. She earned her B.A. in Sociology from Occidental College and Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Charlotte is a private resource on campus. She provides survivor-centered support and advocacy to individuals impacted by sexual and interpersonal violence, coordinates on-campus violence prevention trainings and workshops, and works closely with the SAVP student interns on events and programming throughout the year.
Nicole Wong is the Violence Prevention Educator at Vassar College. Nicole is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Social Work at Columbia University. She is on the Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice track with a focus on Health, Mental Health, and Disabilities. She earned her B.A. in Sociology and English from Vassar College. Nicole has been working in the anti-violence field for the last four years at the Center for Victim Safety and Support (CVSS) in Poughkeepsie, NY where she held the positions of High Risk Case Manager and Coordinator of Advocacy. At CVSS, Nicole provided counseling, advocacy, and safety planning services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, supervised direct service staff, as well as coordinated daily program activities. In her role as Violence Prevention Educator, Nicole will develop and implement sexual violence prevention events and programming for students and employees within the Vassar College community, working closely with the SAVP student interns. Nicole is a private resource on campus.
2017-18 Student Interns
Brynn Gauthier ‘21
Brynn’s fervor for anti-violence work started with a history project on the Violence Against Women Act her freshman year of high school. She is a part of SAVP because she believes in empowering her community with assertiveness and understanding to create a culture where survivors are supported. Brynn is a drama major who is basically interested in everything. She loves to pick apples, her favorite being honey crisps.
Jackson Christie class of ’19
Jackson is a biology major pursuing a pre-med path, who has been a strong advocate for sexual violence prevention after growing up with many survivors as family and friends, seeing the damaging impact that abuse has on a community, and resolving to work for a movement that believes in bringing the problem to light and changing it. Jackson has worked as a volunteer/intern in multiple hospitals- from Children’s hospital in Oakland, CA in high school to interning with Montefiore in the Bronx. He is most interested in the anatomy and physiology of humans, as well as the psychological pathology in patients, and hopes to be a cardiovascular surgeon in the future. Jackson currently does field work as an intern at Planned Parenthood’s Public Affairs Department alongside SAVP, and continuing hospital interning/shadowing during breaks on the side. He was a competitive rower for 6 years, and a chemistry lab assistant for 1.
Fun fact: Jackson played guitar for a rock band in California for a year and a half, and dreams of starting a new one in New York.
Mat Thomas ‘18
Mat joined CARES his sophomore year, and has been involved with the student-led organization ever since. As the CARES intern this year, he’s excited to work with peers and administrators to continue to support and foster survivor-centered spaces. He’s done anti-violence promotion work at Vassar and in his hometown, Las Vegas. He is a pre-med biochemistry major with a religion correlate interested in health policy. Fun fact: he’s horrible at coming up with fun facts
Sarah Dolan ‘18
Sarah is a Psychology major with a Women's Studies correlate. She first became interested in violence prevention work through working with Feminist Alliance and other student groups on anti-sexual assault activism. After participating in and later facilitating Bystander Peer Education programs, she knew that she wanted to get involved with SAVP! When she is not in the office, she can be found singing in the Vassar College Women's Chorus, writing for the Misc, or working with The Listening Center.
Scarlett Thompson ‘20
Scarlett is a Drama and Economics double major and a proud Minnesotan. She is a student fellow in Strong and decided to get involved with SAVP after reflecting on how quickly conversations about sexual violence and assault can die down after the beginning of the school year. She hopes to keep the conversation alive throughout the year and find different ways to actively engage all members of the Vassar community. She is heavily involved with theater on campus, is a part of the activist coalition Healing to Action, advocates for Femmes in STEM, and is accidentally taking an intermediate jazz dance class since there was no room in beginner. Scarlett also recently found out that Minnesota is the only place where people say “duck, duck, gray duck” instead of “duck, duck, goose” and her whole world was turned upside down.
Juo-Hsi (Sylvia) Peng '20
Juo-Hsi (Sylvia) is a International Studies major with concentrations in Political Science and Economics. After interning at Garden of Hope, a non-profit organization that helps victims of gendered violence, she was inspired to get involved with SAVP and continue her work in this field. Through SAVP, she is currently doing at internship at Family Services in Poughkeepsie. Sylvia is a co-President of Vassar Debate Society, Treasurer of Raymond house, and an avid baker. She takes pride in her ability to fall asleep, as long as she has something to lean on.
Tammy Jung ‘19
I'm an English Major on the pre-med track. I first became involved with anti-violence work my sophomore year when I joined CARES. After learning more about interpersonal violation and gender based violence, I decided to work at the SAVP office to play a more active role against prevention. I am also involved in the VSR. Fun fact: I love puppies and anything with chocolate!
Tori Salomani ‘18
Tori is an Urban Studies major with an off campus job as a teacher's aide at a local school. After witnessing the effects of interpersonal violence on campus she decided to volunteer during first year orientation in Bystander Intervention trainings. This work and participating in the Mentors in Violence Prevention program inspired her to become more involved with SAVP. In her free time she enjoys kayaking and she buys peanut M&M's in bulk.