What is SAARC?

The Sexual Assault Awareness and Resource Committee (SAARC) was formed this fall to gather representatives from the Scripps campus who are involved in initiatives related to sexual assault awareness. SAARC plans to increase community awareness of sexual assault issues, acting as a go-between for students and 5C administrators. SAARC will provide feedback to students as policies are reviewed and revised. “The creation of SAARC indicates in a concrete way the desire of the administration to affirm this as an issue on our campuses,” said Emily Hampshire (SCR ‘15).

“I am most interested this semester in starting a chapter of Pomona’s Advocates for Survivors of Sexual Assault at Scripps. This resource is currently Pomona-only, and I think a peer-led advocacy and support group is essential to the relative safety of every Scripps student,” said SAARC member and SAS Treasurer Caitlin Sweeney (SCR ’13). “Through SAARC, I am able to find support for my initiative, as well as gain more information as to what other student groups are doing.”

Other members include Dean of Students Bekki Lee, various professors and faculty, as well as Motley employees and members of It Ends Here.

SAARC is currently working on bringing domestic violence advocate Tiombe Preston (SCR ‘95) to campus this semester to lead a consent workshop.

Anyone is welcome to join the conversation. The next SAARC meeting will be Nov. 30 at 1:30 p.m. in Vita Nova 104. Email Dean Lee if you are planning to attend.