Your Community of Care

There are a number of individuals working together to prevent and respond to sexual misconduct at Wesleyan.

Thank you for trusting us with your experience and reaching out to explore resources. If you choose to reach out to one of us, here’s what you can expect.

The Title IX Resource Network:
In 2019, we combined Wesleyan's five-committee structure into a network of staff, students, faculty and community members for continual review and revision of the approach to prevention and response in sexual misconduct cases which allows for shared governance and transparency.

  • Debbie Colucci

    Assistant Vice President for Equity & Inclusion / Title IX Coordinator

    #112 North College

    x2456

    dcolucci@wesleyan.edu

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    Hello; I’m Debbie.  I use she/her pronouns, and I am a part of the Office for Equity & Inclusion.  My role is working, in part, is working with Title IX and sexual misconduct at Wesleyan.

    Sharing about your experience can be difficult and I thank you for taking the initial step to learn more. If you choose to reach out to me, here’s what you can expect.

    When we first meet, you may share anything you choose…or share nothing…about your experience(s).  You may also have a person of your choice accompany you for support.  We will discuss a great deal of information and I will email you everything after the meeting so you have that information should you need to refer to in the future. Our initial conversation will focus on providing information and answering questions about resources and options; our initial conversation does not automatically begin an investigation or any other process.

    Please know that Wesleyan takes situations of sexual misconduct and assault very seriously; and I am here to provide options such that you determine what is best for you. With that in mind, I will begin our conversation by reviewing on and off campuses resources that may be helpful as you process information and make decisions moving forward.  

    From there I will explain a variety of options with which I can help; requesting academic accommodations and/or housing accommodations, the implementation of a non-judicial no contact between you and the other person, and reporting the situation for official/judicial action.  I will answer any questions you have about each of these options and I will not ask you to make any decisions during that meeting.

    The focus of my role is to provide access to support and options for continuing to move forward as a Wesleyan student; there is no timeline or deadline with regard to accessing resources and options or making decisions about next steps.

    Lastly, while meetings during COVID protocol occur virtually, it is your choice for conversations post-COVID; virtually or in person.  If you choose to come to my office, you will see that its location is designed to protect your privacy; that’s intentional.  I’m not a confidential resource; but that does not mean that what you share with me is taken outside of our conversation.  I will not take action without your knowledge.    

    Take care;
    debbie

  • Johanna DeBari

    Director, The Office of Support, Healing, Activism, and Prevention Education (SHAPE)

    287 High Street, Room 103

    x2696

    jdebari@wesleyan.edu

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    Hi;

    I’m Johanna, I use she/her pronouns, and I am the SHAPE Office Director. If you choose to reach out to me, here’s what you can expect.

    We’ll start with a check-in, to ground into the space. It’s entirely optional, and I always feel it’s important to take time to slow down, in the busy world we’re navigating. That can include a breathing exercise, reading a grounding reminder, or simply just taking a minute to find a comfortable position wherever you are. 

    Next, I’ll outline what you can expect from our conversation - I’m a confidential resource, so what that means is I won’t share the details of what is shared with me, unless for some reason you want me to, as a part of the care and support that feels most meaningful to you. I also will have to get other folks involved if either you or someone else is at risk of harming themselves or others, or if a minor (someone under the age of 18), whether that is you or someone you know, is at risk of harm, has been harmed, or is currently being harmed. In addition, if experiences of interpersonal violence (sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, or sexual harassment) are shared with me, I have to submit an anonymous report known as a Confidential Crime Report. What this includes is the date, time, location, and type of incident if all of that information is disclosed to me. It is submitted to Public Safety, and it doesn’t start an investigation or any formal process. It just so happens Public Safety is the entity on campus designated with connecting this data. The purpose of collecting this data is to get a better understanding of what interpersonal violence looks like on our campus, as well as maintain compliance with the Clery Act (a federal law requiring all college campuses to track many different types of crime on campus, including interpersonal violence). 

    Our time together usually lasts 45 minutes to an hour, and the conversation is guided entirely by you. You can feel free to share as much or as little of what brings you to connecting with me, and we can explore together what feels most meaningful to you in terms of care and support. I aim to listen and hold space for you, not dictate what you should/shouldn’t do. I can share information about resources and the differences between all of them, and I can connect you to any of those resources. The only thing I can’t do is if you want to make a formal Title IX report with Wesleyan University, I can neither serve as a Process Advisor nor be connected to you throughout the adjudication process. This is due to the Federal Title IX regulations that Wesleyan has to legally abide by.

    Otherwise, the time is yours to use as you need. It was not your fault, what happened to you. And, you have the right to a healing journey and process that is entirely dictated by you. I would be honored to support you on that journey. 

    Sending light and positive energy in the meantime.

    Take care,
    Johanna

  • Asiyah Herrero

    2021-2022 Intern, The Office of Support, Healing, Activism, and Prevention Education (SHAPE)

    287 High Street

  • Charissa Lee

    2021-2022 Survivor Solidarity Month (SSM) Intern, The Office of Support, Healing, Activism, and Prevention Education (SHAPE)

    287 High Street

  • Avery Kelly

    Office for Equity & Inclusion Title IX and Civil Rights Student Intern

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    I am an Environment Studies and Government Major and enjoy jazz music and my dog! Wesleyan has allowed me to be a part of a space that welcomes and encourages students to question Wesleyan has an institution and shape its future. I strive to work with students and the equity and inclusion office to make sure Wesleyan‘s resources are working best for the students and faculty.

To learn more about the SHAPE Office & Title IX Office, check out this video below of Debbie & Johanna sharing more about their work!