Laura Lockwood Commended for Trinity’s Sexual Assault Crisis Programs

Lockwood is director of the Women and Gender Resource Action Center

Laura Lockwood, director of Trinity’s Women and Gender Resource Action Center (WGRAC), is one of four women to have received the Outstanding Ally Award from Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services (CONNSACS).

The award is given to individuals who have forged meaningful partnerships with CONNSACS and its nine-member sexual assault crisis service programs, and who have demonstrated a commitment to supporting victims and survivors of sexual violence. The award was given to Lockwood, who has been director of WGRAC since 1998, at CONNSACS annual meeting held at The Pond House Café in West Hartford.

This year’s honorees were recognized specifically for their work to use best practices in their response to sexual violence, prevention education, and victim services on campuses throughout Connecticut, and for their longstanding relationship in the Connecticut College Consortium Against Sexual Assault.

Lockwood oversees and conducts the education and training of the campus community in sexual harassment and sexual assault prevention and response, as well as bystander intervention. Lockwood also coordinates the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) and assists Karla Spurlock-Evans, Trinity’s Title IX Coordinator, with the College’s compliance with Title IX and College administrators with the Clery Act.

(Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. The Clery Act is the landmark federal law, originally known as the Campus Security Act, which requires colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses.)

“For over 15 years, Laura has been a valuable partner and a strong and consistent voice for victim-centered sexual assault campus policies and practices,” said Laura Cordes, CONNSACS Executive Director. “She has held the stories and hands of countless survivors of rape and sexual abuse, offering compassion, support and information.”

Of her award, Lockwood said, “It is an honor to be recognized by…CONNSACS. Trinity and I have greatly benefitted from our partnership with CONNSACS for the 16 years of my tenure. This award reflects the dedication and hard work of a fantastic team that works with me to ensure a safe environment for victims and survivors, and to end all forms of sexual violence and gender discrimination on campus.”

The other winners of the Outstanding Ally aware were Cathy Christy, director of the Women’s Center at Southern Connecticut State University; Jacqueline Cobbina-Boivin, director of the Ruthe Boyea Women’s Center at Central Connecticut State University; and Kathleen Holgerson, director of the Women’s Center at the University of Connecticut.

Among Lockwood’s additional responsibilities are responding to and assisting victims and survivors of sexual assault, rape, stalking and sexual harassment; advising students involved in adjudication hearings; educating the College community about misconduct; producing and disseminating SART and Title IX Rights handouts; coordinating training for Campus Safety officers; conducting bystander intervention workshops for student groups, athletes, Greek members and student leaders; producing first-year orientation programming on sexual violence; and holding events and activities throughout the academic year, such as Take Back the Night and The Vagina Monologues.