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SUNY Clinton's Got Your Back


Thursday, September 19, 2019


Clinton Community College President, Ray M. DiPasquale is pleased to announce that the campus will be participating in SUNY’s Got Your Back. On Wednesday, September 25, Clinton students, faculty, staff, and community members will be assembling 1000 comfort kits for victims and survivors of violence.


SUNY’s Got Your Back
is a state-wide program that provides the opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and community members from across New York State to create comfort kits for victims and survivors of violence, and to learn methods of better preventing and responding to violence, as together we work to build a New York where these bags are no longer needed.


Each comfort bag contains personal essential hygiene products to assist victims with self-care – soap, a toothbrush and toothpaste, a comb and deodorant a pen, notepad, a stress ball and an affirming message from a volunteer. Critically, the bags also contain information about available support services and educational materials intended to alert victims of their rights under state law. By enlisting the help of students to assemble the bags, the program will also help to raise awareness on SUNY campuses of sexual assault and domestic violence issues.


President DiPasquale states, “As a community college, our priority is to support the members of our community. We are honored to be participating in this program, which allows us to extend our support to those most in need.”


The program began in 2016, and now is held at campuses throughout the state. “Clinton Community College, as a member campus of SUNY, is pleased to be actively engaged in this program which to date, over 70,000 kits have been assembled by SUNY students, faculty and staff,” states Dean of Student Affairs, John Borner.


Director of Campus Life, Sarah McCarty, is coordinating the program and was instrumental in bringing it to Clinton. For her, the impact is greater than providing essential objects to survivors. “Our goal is for the campus to create 1000 bags, but it is also about much more than that. I’m hoping that the words of encouragement shared in the bags along with the contents, can give victims and survivors some reassurance that they are loved and not alone on one of the worst days of their lives. We hope that this small gesture can make a true difference is someone’s life and are so grateful to be able to partner with SUNY to host this. The opportunity to participate in an event like this might also empower past victims, giving them more closure by helping someone else that experienced something like them.”


The event will take place on Wednesday, September 25, from 11am to 1pm in the Stafford Building on Clinton’s campus. Community members or CCC Alumni who are interested in volunteering can register at http://clintongyb.eventbrite.com. For more information, email Sarah L. McCarty or call (518) 562-4381.