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Quinsigamond Community College Hosts Town Hall Event with Senator Chandler and Representative O’Day

March, 2019
  • Senator Chandler and Representative O'Day attend a Town Hall event at QCC.
    From left: Dean of Compliance Liz Woods, Dr. Luis Pedraja, Senator Harriette Chandler, Student Senate President Stephanie Teixeira, QCC Student Dean Fisher, Representative Jim O'Day and Student Trustee Bwnjamin Aryeh at a Town Hall Meeting held at QCC on March 25.

Quinsigamond Community College was host to Senator Harriette Chandler and Representative James O’Day on March 25, for a Town Hall discussion to discuss sexual violence on college campuses and the legislators' two priority bills - the sexual misconduct climate survey bill and the campus sexual violence bill, which will be coming up for consideration soon in both the House and the Senate. QCC is the first college to hold a town hall meeting students and their direct representatives.

QCC’s Student Senate President Stephanie Teixeira moderated the hour and a half event, which included candid discussions, as well as questions and answers between those in attendance and the legislators.

"QCC is unique, most schools don't want to talk about it (sexual violence)," Senator Chandler said to the audience.

“I think these bills are wonderful and needed from both sides,” said QCC Professor Jerry Williams

A public hearing will be held on April 9 at the State House where the two bills will be discussed and public testimony will be introduced.

“Bring a voice from QCC. It’s that advocacy that makes things work,” Representative O’Day said. “We do have a duty that our college campuses are safe havens and hearing from you folks is very helpful.”