Staff and Volunteers

WGRAC - Women & Gender Resource Action Center, located behind the Washington Room on the second floor of Mather Hall, is comprised of two rooms: a study/Lounge/Library area and an office. All are welcome to use the Center for discussion, study, research, informal counseling, meetings and interaction. The Women's Center Lounge can also be reserved for classes or seminars.

The Director, Laura R. Lockwood, plans, implements, and oversees all WGRAC operations. A certified sexual assault counselor, Laura coordinates the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART), and works to insure a comfortable and safe climate for fmale and male survivors to report incidences of sexual violence. She assists the Title IX Coordinator and deans of students in policy initiatives to insure legal compliance in responding to sexual assaults on campus.  WGRAC initiatez and conducts bystander behavior intervention training as a method to prevent sexual assault and incidences of bias. WGRAC educates the campus on issues of women, gender and sexuality through programming, activism, training and advocacy.  Laura received her Masters in Public Policy & Law from Trinity in 1995, and graduated from the University of Connecticut, 1981, with a BA in Urban Studies. Prior to her tenure at Trinity Laura was the Education Director of the Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF), and served as a community organizer and Executive Director of two community based organizations in New Haven and New Britain, CT.

Melissa Richard, Training & Program Coordinator, works with the director to create and produce effective programs and training workshops in line with WGRAC's mission. In addition, Melissa provides assistance to the students group Promoting Healthy Awareness of the Body (PHAB) and the Big Sister/ Little Sister program. Melissa received a Masters of Social Work from the University of Connecticut and graduated magna cum laude from Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU)with a BA Social Work. Melissa has completed certification classes in domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy. At SCSU Melissa served as co-president of SCSU’s peer-education group which concentrated on health, sexual assault, safe sex, healthy relationships and diversity; developed an action plan for campuses to address women’s views of themselves and other women; created programming around issues of LGBTQ and ability oppression, victim blaming and body image; and, managed a $500,000 Department of Justice Violence Against Women grant (WGRAC was one of the grantees).