Center for Advocacy, Response and Education: A New Chapter
Since shifting from the K-State Women's Center to CARE, immense growth and new initiatives have been underway in our office.
The Center for Advocacy, Response and Education (CARE) received a grant from the Kansas Governor's Grant Program to strengthen the quality and consistency of direct services to survivors of domestic, dating and sexual violence, and stalking. This is the second year CARE has received this grant. The Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) serves as a major source of funding for victim services throughout the country. The projected budget of the grant project totals $261,438.
The VOCA grant has allowed CARE to expand its services on the Manhattan campus and provide resources to crime victims on the Salina and Olathe campuses as well. In order to reach the goals of the grant, the CARE office has hired two new Survivor Advocates this year.
The Survivor Advocates serve as a confidential source for students, faculty, and staff who have been affected by sexual violence, dating/domestic violence, sexual harassment, and stalking. Additionally, advocates will present campaigns and educational programs to the K-State community.
We are proud to have Allison Day and Shanese McGregor as our two new Survivor Advocates.
Allison Day received her B.S. in Psychology from Pittsburg State University. Allison recently completed graduate school at Washburn University and received her M.S. in Social Work. Her professional experiences include working with soldiers and military families to assist them with job searching, financial assistance, parenting classes and also providing in-home services. In addition, she has experience working in domestic violence and sexual assault within the military where she worked at a treatment based agency that assessed individuals for safety, mental health, and overall well-being.
Shanese McGregor is originally from Indiana ("the Hoosier State"). She graduated from the University of Indianapolis with a B.A. in psychology in 2013. Post-graduation, she went to work for the Department of Child Services in Indiana where she ensured the safety of children from child abuse and neglect. In 2017, she earned her M.A. in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from Ball State University. While working towards her M.A. she was the graduate assistant for the Office of Victim Services. Her duties entailed providing confidential services to the community regarding sexual assault, domestic/relationship violence, and stalking. Shanese has a passion for serving the community for ensuring safety, advocacy, and enhance knowledge on prevention work and how it can be effectively conducted in collegiate settings.