Author: Deborah Redshaw

UConn Health Rape Aggression Defense Training for Women

The UConn Health Police Department will be providing a 12-hour Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) training in May for women only.

The course will be divided into four three hour blocks on May 1, 3, 8 and 10.  Classes will be held in room U3071 A&B on the third floor at 195 Farmington Avenue from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.  The class will be limited to 10 participants.  All female students and employees are eligible for enrollment in this very worthwhile course, although students will be given preference.

To cover the expense of materials, a fee of $10.00 per student and $20.00 per employee will be charged.

All those interested in attending should state their interest in an email addressed to the Public Safety Department Account ( as soon as possible.  Please state RAD Training in the subject line of the email.

Joe Curreri
Chief of Police

For more information, contact: Public Safety at

5/2/17 Connecticut Men’s Advisory Council Meeting

The Alliance’s Where Do You Stand? Connecticut awareness campaign is currently underway with billboards being displayed in Hartford, New Haven and Waterbury. Join us at our next meeting to learn about the recent developments.
Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence has formed a Men’s Advisory Council for our statewide Where Do You Stand? Connecticut campaign and sexual violence prevention work. Our goal is to continue to engage men as allies in our work to prevent sexual violence and to cultivate prevention leaders in our state.
The Council is facilitated by Andrew Stewart, Assistant Professor at the Hiatt School of Psychology at Clark University, and longtime Alliance partner. Andrew is a leader in the prevention of sexual violence and is committed to empowering men to be involved in prevention. For more information about the Men’s Advisory Council, Andrew can be reached at or Beth Hamilton, Associate Director of The Alliance, can be reached at
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm
Training & Advocacy Center, 98 Pitkin Street, East Hartford, CT
Anyone who self-identifies as a man and is interested in sexual violence prevention is welcome and encouraged to attend!
Please note that our Training & Advocacy Center is located at 98 Pitkin Street, East Hartford in the brick “The Pitkin” building. When arriving for meetings, please enter through the main building entrance at 98 Pitkin Street, the doors to the left of The Alliance’s entrance. Parking is available in any unmarked space at the front of the building. Additional parking is located to the right of the building in front of the Morlock School of Dance.



Tuesday, April 18
7:00 PM
Student Union Theatre

Former NFL athlete, Wade Davis, will discuss the intersections of race, sexuality, and gender, and explore how traditional messages about masculinity contribute to homophobia and rape culture.

Sponsored by the Women’s Center in partnership with Athletics, Rainbow Center, Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, and Sports Management.


Thursday, March 23
6:00 PM
Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center

No Le Digas a Nadie captures the story of Angy Rivera, a 24 year-old, who courageously shares her parallel
journey of being undocumented and surviving sexual abuse. The activist, blogger, and advice columnist will
join us to discuss the unique challenges undocumented survivors face as they navigate a complex immigration
Sponsored by the Women’s Center in partnership with PRLACC

Protections for Transgender Students & Employees

Protections and Resources for Transgender Students and Employees at UConn

As many of you are aware, on Wednesday, the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice rescinded guidance documents that provided certain protections for transgender students, including the right to use restrooms that match the gender with which they identify.

We want the university community to know that this action does not change UConn’s longstanding commitment to ensure a safe and nondiscriminatory learning and working environment for all members of our community, including those who are transgender.

UConn’s Policy against Discrimination, Harassment and Related Interpersonal Violence protects individuals from discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation. In addition, the University’s Transgender Guidelines assist the UConn community in supporting individuals undergoing a gender transition.

UConn students and employees have the right to safely express their gender identity, to be judged based on merit and ability, and to be free from discrimination and harassment. This includes using restrooms and locker rooms that match the gender with which they identify.

Nothing in the federal action requires us to alter or diminish these UConn protections.

In 2011, Connecticut state law established comprehensive transgender protections, and we at UConn remain committed to enforcing these protections on our campus. In addition, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed an executive order Thursday reemphasizing the state’s commitment to protecting transgender students in all public schools and universities.

For more information or assistance, please do not hesitate to contact UConn’s Rainbow Center, Office for Diversity and Inclusion and/or Office of Institutional Equity.


Joelle Murchison, Associate Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer – Office for Diversity and Inclusion

Elizabeth Conklin, Associate Vice President, Title IX Coordinator & ADA Coordinator – Office of Institutional Equity

For more information, contact: Elizabeth Conklin at 860-486-2943

Free Men’s Self Defense Class 3/21

The UConn Police Department in partnership with the University of Connecticut are working together to reaffirm the goal of providing the highest level of safety and well-being to the UConn community by offering a men’s self-defense class free-of-charge. The class is offered to students and staff within the University Community.

The goal of this men’s self-defense class is to provide realistic self-defense options to men regardless of their physical conditioning through the “R.A.D for Men” systems of self-defense. Students and staff at all levels of ability, age, experience, and strength will be provided with techniques and information that can be effectively used from the first day of class in everyday situations. R.A.D. for men stands for Resisting Aggression with Defense and is designed to empower men to resist/escape aggression while learning to defend themselves when confronted with aggressive behavior.

This 12 hour course (4 classes) will be held on Tuesday nights starting March 21st through April 11th 2017, each class starts at 5:30 pm and ends by 8:30pm. Class will be held at UConn’s Shippee Hall lower level Pequot Room. Participants must attend all 4 classes in order to complete the course, which will include risk awareness, prevention, and by stander information as well as the physical hands on self-defense skills.

Class size is limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Online enrollment for this class begins March 1st, 2017. To register for this class visit our website at

Also for general information in regards to the safety programs offered please visit our website listed above.

For more information about the class please contact: Officer Eric Bard at

For more information, contact: UConn Police Department at 860-486-4800