Mitchell College Appreciates Senator Richard Blumenthal’s Comments at Open Forum Event on Campus

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Blumenthal’s Visit Provides Input and Guidance on Mitchell College’s Proactive Discussion on Campus Sexual Assault

Mitchell College Hosts Senator Blumenthal

“Today’s event was very productive and emblematic of Mitchell’s philosophy of going to great lengths to support our students academically but also personally,” said Steinmayer.

Mitchell College expressed its thanks to Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal for attending the College as a guest speaker on Friday, August 22nd, and engaging in a candid and constructive discussion regarding campus sexual assault and the most effective solutions to the problem.

As part of the United States government’s ongoing focus on the issue of sexual assault on college campuses nationwide, Senator Blumenthal recently released a report and bill of rights to help increase safety and accountability on college campuses, which he discussed as part of the open forum on Mitchell’s campus.

Mitchell College President Janet Steinmayer thanked Senator Blumenthal and stated, “Mitchell College takes the issue of sexual violence extremely seriously and we greatly valued the opportunity to engage with Senator Blumenthal on this important topic. His remarks and comments were very insightful and provide us additional input and guidance as our cabinet and community continues to proactively discuss our policies and procedures.”

“This is a problem that is everyone’s responsibility,” said Jason Ebbeling, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Students. “It is good to know Senator Blumenthal is embracing a challenge that can be unpleasant.”

The roundtable discussion also included student athletes and resident assistants who returned to campus early and are currently receiving sexual assault training. Students in attendance agreed that residence assistants aren’t counselors, but have come to understand how they can be an advocate and provide support to their peers.

President Steinmayer also noted, “We appreciated the attendance by leaders of the Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Eastern Connecticut, with whom we have been collaborating as we have developed our programs.”

“Today’s event was very productive and emblematic of Mitchell’s philosophy of going to great lengths to support our students academically but also personally,” said Steinmayer.

For Background
Senator Blumenthal was sworn into office in 2011 and is serving his first term as a United States Senator from the State of Connecticut. He previously served five terms as Connecticut’s Attorney General. Senator Blumenthal attended Harvard College, where he was editorial chairman of The Harvard Crimson. He went on to study for a year at Trinity College in Cambridge in England before attending Yale Law School, where he received his law degree and served as editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal.

About Mitchell College
Mitchell College has served as an invaluable resource for southeastern Connecticut for more than 75 years. Today, Mitchell College is a private, coeducational, independent college offering 26 baccalaureate majors, three associate degrees, and the Thames Academy post-graduate program. The College is a national leader in learning engagement, which includes academic and personal mentoring by faculty and coaches as well as hands-on experience in the working world. Located on a 68-acre waterfront campus, Mitchell College's over 860 students come from more than twenty states and three foreign countries.

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