Skip to main content

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

President Valerie Smith shared the following message with the community on April 5, 2017:

Dear Students,

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month on campus and across the country. As we all know, sexual assault is an on-going community issue that knows no season. I am committed to ensuring that we maintain our focus on the prevention of, compassionate response to, and adjudication of sexual assault year-round and on nurturing an environment where safe and equitable relationships can flourish.

I commend our Title IX coordinator Kaaren Williamsen, her staff, students, and the Dean's O​ffice, for their outstanding and ongoing efforts to improve both our campus culture and our response to sexual assault. I encourage you to attend one or more of the programs described below.


Valerie Smith


Swarthmore community,

As April begins, we wanted to let you know about upcoming Title IX programs and events, as well as resources and support that you can use throughout Sexual Assault Awareness Month. 

We also want to give a shout out to the nearly 30 students who serve on our Title IX student teams, and have been working on issues related to sexual assault awareness throughout the year.

FRI | April 14 | 7 pm | Upper Tarble
Sex & Power: Dinner & Discussion

Join Al Vernacchio from "Pizza is the Key to Great Sex" and Title IX House for dinner and discussion about how power shows up in our hook ups and relationships -- and what it looks like to build healthy, equitable hook ups and relationships in the future.

​To ​share dietary needs for the dinner, RSVP here. If you would like to reserve a table for your team, floor, student group, or friends, please email Title IX Program & Events Fellow, Becca Bernstein, at

SUN | April 23| 7:30 pm | Scott Amphitheater
Voices of Healing: A Community Gathering

Want to be an ally to survivors on campus but not sure what to do? Impacted by sexual or intimate partner violence and looking for a space to share?

​V​oices of Healing is a twilight gathering to give voice to the complexities, struggles, and triumphs of healing in the wake of sexual violence, intimate partner violence & gender-based trauma. All genders are welcome, whether as a survivor or an ally. 

See here if you would like to share at Voices and learn more about the process of sharing and support available to you.

Resources & Support

Title IX Trainings for your Student Group or Organization

If you are part of a student group, team, or organization that would like to receive training on Title IX and sexual violence prevention, please reach out to Title IX Program & Events Fellow, Becca Bernstein, at

Want to be part of a new confidential peer group?
The Violence Prevention Educator/Advocate, along with student coordinators, is working to put together a group of students dedicated to supporting and empowering Swarthmore students affected by—or with questions about—sexual harassment or assault, including intimate partner violence. Peer‐support initiatives can serve as important, confidential avenues through which students affected by sexual abuse and/or harassment can reduce isolation, rebuild trust, and gain emotional support. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact staff advisor, Nina Harris,

You can apply through the following form:

If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to Title IX coordinator, Kaaren Williamsen, at

Kaaren M. Williamsen
Title IX Coordinator
Swarthmore College
500 College Ave
Swarthmore PA 19011