Dordt College News

Safe Campus Coordinator hired

February 23, 2005

Rachel Valentine, Waukegan, Ill., has been hired to fill the newly created role of Safe Campus Project Coordinator at Dordt College. The position is funded by a grant awarded by the Department of Justice’s Office On Violence Against Women. In accordance with grant guidelines, the “Safe Campus” project will work to prevent violent or threatening interactions against women; support them on and off campus in dealing with unwanted interactions; and establish policies and procedures relating to awareness, prevention and support services for women. Rachel Valentine

Valentine has most recently served as a quality assurance specialist in the human resource department of Hewitt Associates in Lincolnshire, Ill. She received her Bachelors Degree from Northwestern College in Orange City, and a Masters Degree at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, where she focused her studies on Counseling Psychology.

Valentine has worked as a resident assistant and resident director on two college campuses, and interned for a private counseling center dealing with domestic violence, anger management, and conducting victim assessments. She has also served on a core leadership team for SoulCare Ministries, a counseling support program offered by the church in which she was a member. Valentine and her husband, Jamey, have moved to Orange City, where he works in the family business, Valentine Construction.

The Violence Against Women grant funding was awarded to colleges that applied for and expressed a willingness to develop comprehensive, coordinated responses to violent crimes against women, including sexual assault, stalking, and domestic and dating violence. A 12-15 member Safe Campus Community Team has been established to oversee and advise the Dordt College project. Off-campus participants will include representatives of the Family Crisis Center, Sioux Center Police Department and the Sioux County Attorney’s Office.

College officials hope the new initiative will increase awareness, aid in prevention, and help the college to respond to incidents with sensitivity and respect, protecting victims and holding perpetrators accountable for their actions.

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