Monroe College School of Criminal Justice to Help Raise Awareness of Domestic Violence During Month of October

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Commissioner of New York City Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence to Deliver Lecture on October 6

Monroe College, a national leader in urban and international education, today announced that its School of Criminal Justice will be hosting a series of events throughout October to mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a national campaign designed to support victims of domestic abuse and inspire action to end domestic violence. Monroe will launch its support by hosting Rosemonde Pierre-Louis, Commissioner of New York City Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence (OCDV), on October 6 in the Mintz Auditorium on Monroe’s Bronx campus.

Commissioner Pierre-Louis will deliver a lecture to Monroe students and community members on the mission and goals of the OCDV, which was established in 2001 to help citywide agencies, community organizations, advocacy groups and local leaders expand access to domestic violence services. Students will have the opportunity to engage Ms. Pierre-Louis one-on-one during her visit.

“Rosemonde’s leadership position within the Mayor’s office and her background as an attorney and advocate on behalf of domestic violence victims makes her an exemplary fit to deliver a guest lecture and help raise awareness on this very real and prevalent topic,” said Michele Rodney, Dean of Monroe’s School of Criminal Justice. “Students from different backgrounds across various disciplines stand to benefit enormously from a Q&A with Rosemonde, whose insights and experience on this often overlooked subject are arguably second-to-none.”

Rosemonde Pierre-Louis was appointed by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio as the Commissioner of OCDV in January 2014. Previously, from 2006-2013, Ms. Pierre-Louis served as Manhattan Deputy Borough President and was responsible for overseeing several of the office’s key initiatives relating to transportation, domestic violence, food justice and security, sustainability, the environment and criminal justice. For 20 years, Ms. Pierre-Louis also served as a public interest and legal services attorney representing the low-income population. She is widely recognized as an advocate, educator and attorney for women’s and immigrant’s rights, underserved communities and survivors of domestic violence.

This is just one of several events Monroe will be hosting during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. On October 28, Monroe will host a screening of the film, “Telling Amy’s Story” at its New Rochelle campus, followed by a discussion on dating violence and cyber abuse led by The Healthy Relationship Training Academy. Students will also attend the broadcast of DIVA Talk Radio on October 1, an internet radio talk show that seeks to empower, motivate and encourage women in all aspects of their lives; panelists on the October 1 show will address the issue of domestic violence and answer students’ questions during a lunch sponsored by the Bronx Borough President.

Founded in 2003, Monroe College’s School of Criminal Justice prepares students for careers as law enforcement officers, social justice workers and emergency responders at the local, state and federal levels. The school offers associate and bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice, with minors in human services and emergency management. Students can also earn a master’s degree in criminal justice through Monroe’s King Graduate School. For more information on the School of Criminal Justice, please visit here.


Founded in 1933, New York-based Monroe College is a nationally ranked private institution of higher learning with a real world learning approach that prioritizes hands-on academic experiences, practical and relevant academic programs, flexible learning schedules, best-in-class instructional technologies, and committed and engaged faculty to ensure that students are well positioned for career success upon graduation.

Monroe College offers Certificate, Associate, Bachelor's, and Master's degree programs. It has campuses in the Bronx, New Rochelle, as well as in the Caribbean nation of St. Lucia, with programs offered through its Schools of Criminal Justice, Information Technology, Nursing, Education, Business & Accounting, Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts, and Allied Health Professions, as well as through its liberal arts and continuing education programs, and its King Graduate School. For more information and admissions criteria, please visit

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