January 26, 2018
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Mount Saint Mary College announces the appointment of Amy Beard of Highland, N.Y. as project coordinator for Prevention, Advocacy, and Intervention Programs, effective January 2018.
Beard is responsible for coordinating campus efforts to prevent and effectively respond to dating and sexual violence and stalking. She will ensure that students, faculty, and staff receive comprehensive training regarding their rights and responsibilities under relevant law and campus policy; oversee campus education efforts such as Take Back the Night marches, the Clothesline Project, and other events; and coordinate with college officials, student groups, and off-campus community partners like the Newburgh Police Department, Safe Homes of Orange County, and more.
Beard comes to the Mount from Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Ore. where she taught sociology. She also volunteered extensively with the Jackson County Council Against Domestic & Sexual Violence in Medford, Ore., where she was chair of the Survivor Services Committee, co-chair of the Executive Committee, and Chair of the Domestic Violence Awareness Month Committee.
Her position at the Mount was funded through a $300,000 Department of Justice grant secured by the Mount last year to fund the college’s multidisciplinary approach to combat all forms of dating, domestic, and sexual violence/stalking on campus and beyond.
Programs coordinated by Beard will increase students’ knowledge on how to identify, prevent, and report violence. They will benefit all students, with particular attention paid to the needs of historically underserved populations.
Another example of Mount Saint Mary College’s proactive stance on campus violence is the “It’s On Us” campaign, launched last year. On the first night of that program, nearly 600 students took the pledge to end sexual assault on college campuses.