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.
Laura R. Lockwood, Director, 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 female 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 initiates 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.
Abdul Staten, Training & Program Coordinator
,works with the director of WGRAC to create and produce effective programs inline with WGRAC's mission. To this end, Abdul develops and provides trainings and workshops on all forms of gender-based violence (sexual,domestic/relationship, and stalking violence and sexual harassment) as well asthe prevention of these crimes via bystander behavior intervention. Abdul alsoprovides advocacy and support services to survivors, and is the advisor for the student group Students Encouraging Consensual Sex (SECS). Prior to his role at WGRAC, Abdul worked at non-profit organizations where he developed curricula and facilitated trainings on sexual assault and consent, and implemented bystander intervention and media literacy prevention programs. He also coordinated and facilitated prevention programming for young men about taking astand against sexual exploitation, and trained professionals about commercial
sexual exploitation of women and children. Abdul earned a bachelor’s degreefrom Quinnipiac University, a master’s degree from Seton Hall University, and has authored a book, and has authored a book, "A Matter of Semantics," about the college experience.