Saint Mary’s College
Notre Dame, IN
Saint Mary’s College is a Catholic, residential, women’s college in the liberal arts tradition. A pioneer in the education of women, the College is an academic community where women develop their talents and prepare to make a difference in the world. Founded by the Sisters of the Holy Cross in 1844, Saint Mary’s promotes a life of intellectual vigor, aesthetic appreciation, religious sensibility, and social responsibility. All members of the College remain faithful to this mission and continually assess their response to the complex needs and challenges of the contemporary world.
The Belles Against Violence Office, rooted in the Catholic Church’s faith and social teaching, cultivates a culture free from violence through education, training, support, and advocacy. BAVO engages the Saint Mary’s College community to prevent and respond to sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking.
Campus Liason: Connie Adams, MSW, LCSW
Director of the Belles Against Violence Office
Connie Adams is a compassionate advocate and dynamic educator. Her passion and purpose is to engage others in the prevention and response of sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. For 10+ years, Connie has provided advocacy and counseling services to survivors, engaged groups of 5-500 in presentations and trainings, and consulted with higher education and nonprofit organizations. She founded CLA Consulting and Training to assist institutions and organizations as they strengthen initiatives to generate awareness, education, and prevention. Connie also serves as Director of the Belles Against Violence Office at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. Connie earned her Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) from Washington University in St. Louis and Bachelor of Social Work from Saint Mary’s College. Her graduate studies focused on Outreach and Prevention in Intimate Partner Violence with a specialization in Management. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Indiana and serves on the founding leadership council for Campus Advocates and Prevention Professionals Association (CAPPA). Prior to higher education, Connie began her work with small non-profits specializing in intimate partner violence. Connie also has experience in grant proposal writing and oversight, curriculum and program development and evaluation, and strategic planning. You can follow her on Twitter @_ConnieAdams. Connie is a lover of polka dots and puns and enjoys painting, organizing, and running, in no particular order.