SMART Team: David Burgy '10
David Burgy '10
Engineering, Political Science
I first learned about the group from the fliers posted around campus that were offering support to students. The fliers were posted around the same time that the Clothesline Project was put up, so there was much discussion of sexual misconduct and gender-based violence on campus that semester. At the time, I personally knew several survivors and felt really strongly about serving as a support for fellow students, so I applied to be a member of the SMART Team.
The visibility of team members in our living and learning community sends an important message to students that we take sexual misconduct seriously and that we are doing something to proactively address these issues. One way that we address these issues is providing our contact information on fliers that are posted in the dorms and bathrooms so that students can get in touch with us at any time. Another way that we address these issues is by sponsoring and co-sponsoring various speakers on campus throughout the year. At a small school like Swat, the Team is large enough that most students know of or have interacted with at least one team member, whether or not they realize it.
The SMART Team serves two important roles on campus for students. The first role is serving as a confidential point of contact with peers. Often, students may be dealing with issues of sexual misconduct or may know someone dealing with these issues. By contacting the SMART Team, those students have the opportunity to talk through some of the things that are troubling them with a student, faculty member, or staff member. Such conversations are sometimes all that students want. Other times, students are interested in getting more assistance. As such, the second role is serving as a connector between students and resources that might better assist them. Some of the resources available at school and in the community, to name a few, include CAPS, the Gender Education Office, and Swat Survivors.
I encourage everyone to learn more about sexual misconduct issues and to apply to the Team if interested.