DOJ Grant to Help Launch Hollins University Safe Haven Project

Hollins University Safe Haven

Hollins University has received a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to develop culturally tailored and sensitive training and support around domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking in the campus community.

The award will fund the Hollins University Safe Haven project, which will be led by Vice President for Student Success, Well-being, and Belonging Nakeshia Williams.

“The purpose of the project is to increase awareness of these issues at Hollins, ensure students know how and to whom to report incidents, and provide assurance that they will be treated with respect, sensitivity, and confidentiality,” said Williams. “Specific focus will be placed on supporting differently-abled, LGBTQUIA+, and international students.”

Caroline Terry, the project’s newly appointed program director; HU Connect Program Director Chanelle Sears; and David Carlson, chief of campus safety, will work closely with Williams.

The project’s collaborative partners include Sexual Assault Response and Awareness (SARA), Total Action for Progress (TAP) Domestic Violence Services, and the Roanoke County Police Department.