Sarah McMahon, Associate Professor and Director of the Center on Violence Against Women and Children at the School of Social Work, has been named Special Advisor for Campus Climate at Rutgers University effective July 1, 2019.
McMahon will report to Barbara A. Lee, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, on matters involving the university’s efforts to address sexual violence and relationship abuse. She will provide leadership across all Rutgers campuses, coordinating efforts to address these issues and offering guidance for university-wide initiatives to ensure that they are consistent, inclusive, and aligned with best practices.
"I welcome the opportunity to serve in this role and to work with our many partners across the university to create campus climates that are welcoming, safe, and respectful. I am appreciative that Rutgers’ leadership remains committed to addressing these issues and making them a priority across the Rutgers campuses," said McMahon.
McMahon has led a number of research projects related to campus violence funded at the federal, state, and local levels, and currently leads the Enhancing Victim Services Project supported by a Victims of Crimes Act (VOCA) grant. In 2014, she was invited to collaborate with the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault through the testing of a campus climate survey tool. McMahon was appointed to the NJ Campus Sexual Assault Task Force by Governor Christie, and as co-chair of the Safe and Inclusive Campuses Workgroup for the N.J. State Plan for Higher Education by Governor Murphy. She also serves as past Chair of the N.J. Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board, and current Chair of the Advisory Board for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.