The Campus Violence Response Center (CVRC) celebrated its grand opening on the ground floor of the Gove Student Health Center on Thursday. The CVRC at UNCG is the first response center implemented in any North Carolina State system school.
All UNCG community members are welcomed at the center regardless of race, gender, immigrant or refugee status, sexual orientation or any other defining characteristics. It also caters to crisis response while advocating, counseling and coordinating with on and off-campus services to best help students.
“As a student at UNCG, and someone who is on campus all the time, it’s really comforting to know I have a place to go and a place to feel welcome should tragedy strike. I think the CVRC is such a great addition to an already great campus, and I am glad to know that our school is always willing to go the extra mile to make this campus feel safer,” said Kierra Angell, a sophomore at UNCG.
Lauren Rivenbark and Tia Jarrell are the first two staff members at the CVRC. Rivenbark works as the center’s counselor; she received her Bachelor degree in Psychology and Spanish from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and her Master of Social Work Degree from North Carolina State University. Jarrell serves as the Navigator at the center. She graduated from UNCG where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Women’s and Gender Studies.
According to the CVRC’s website, their mission “is to create a safe, single point of access for any UNCG community member impacted by sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, sexual or gender-based harassment, and all other forms of campus violence. We provide affirming, empowering, and confidential services to UNCG community members who have been victimized.”
Ernesto Dennison, Secretary of Media Affairs at UNCG, calls the building of the CVRC “a step in the right direction.”
“With the opening of the new Campus Violence Response Center, students now have a safe space to go meet advocates who will believe and support them. SGA values student safety and we wish the CVRC well in the work they do,” said Dennison.
The grand opening of the CVRC coincided with UNCG’s Sexual Assault Awareness Week that took place on Aug. 21-25.
The Clothesline project was hosted by the CVRC on Monday to kick off Sexual Assault Awareness Week. T-shirts decorated by UNCG students, faculty and staff were displayed on the Jackson Library and Stone lawns for the duration of the week. Each shirt tells a story of how that person has been affected by intimate partner violence.
Other events that took place throughout the week included a Violence Unsilenced Film Screening: “Audrie and Daisy,” as well as a candlelight vigil, a march and rally against sexual assault and an annual event known as Take Back the Night where participants told their stories of healing.
For more information about the CVRC or to contact the center, call (336) 334-9839 or email CVRC@uncg.edu.