October 3, 2005
Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University director of public relations (785) 594-8330

Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University has been awarded $200,000 under the Grants to Reduce Violent Crimes Against Women On Campus from the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women.

The funding will allow the University to improve existing training for students, faculty and staff while expanding Baker’s current efforts to promote a safe environment for students and to maintain a campus community committed to the prevention of violence. It will also strengthen campus support for women who are victim-survivors of violence and increase coordination among campus and local service entities.

Baker will establish a women’s services coordinator in the BU Counseling Center and implement a violence prevention team consisting of university, police and victim advocacy personnel. Resources will be committed to increasing lighting and expanding the card-key security system.

Sarah Hastings, director of the counseling center, and Tim Buzzell, associate professor of sociology, co-authored the grant with input from Karla Wiscombe, assistant professor of education. The Student Development Office, campus maintenance, security personnel, the GaDuGi Safe Center and Baldwin City Police provided guidance to the grant authors.

"This is an exciting development for Baker,” Hastings said. “The university already has demonstrated its commitment to making the campus a safe place, and I suspect the grant reviewers recognized this in awarding us the grant. With additional funds now available, Baker will be able to move to the next level of ensuring campus safety by implementing a comprehensive prevention program to educate the entire campus community."