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In the News
The Center for Women & Community is honored to be selected by the family of Elizabeth Chambers to receive memorial contributions in her name. Elizabeth G. Betty (Gray) Chambers of Gardner, formerly of Cambridge and Quincy, passed away due to natural causes at the age of 87 on Thursday, May 8. Betty was born on January 7, 1927 in Cambridge and spent most of her life there. She attended Cambridge High and Latin School and worked in various local factories before becoming a switchboard operator for the Fenway Cambridge Hotel and a purchasing agent for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She retired from MIT in 1989 to help to care for her grandchildren. Betty leaves her children, Maureen DeFuria and Linda Tuori and her husband Eric; her sister, Frances (Brogan) Prior; as well as 4 grandchildren, Christopher Tuori, Michelle Tuori, Jason DeFuria and Joshua DeFuria. She was predeceased by her husband Donald Chambers; her long-time companion, William (Andy) Anderson; her parents, Lydia (Bailey) and Dana Gray; her brother, John Gray; her adoptive mother Mary E. Brogan; her adoptive siblings Al Brogan, John Brogan, Richard Brogan, Grace (Brogan) McManus and Mary (Sis) Brogan; and her son-in-law John Douglas (Doug) DeFuria. Betty loved to read, solve crossword puzzles and crochet, but most of all, Betty loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. She spent countless hours playing games with her grandchildren and loved to attend their events, whether it was sports or band, music or dance-related. She was affectionately called Nana by many of her grandchildren's friends. Betty's friends and family will remember her for her wit and her caring attitude. Calling hours in celebration of Betty's life will be held at the Lamoureux-Fletcher and Smith Community Funeral Home at 105 Central Street in Gardner on Monday, May 12, 2014, from 3 pm to 6 pm. Funeral Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Betty's name to the Center for Women and Community, UMass Amherst, 180 Infirmary Way, Amherst, MA 01003, Attn: Becky Lockwood.
Hampshire County Center is working to Prevent Sexual Violence
Interview with Channel 22 about the prevention activities sponsored by the Center for Women & Community during Sexual Assault Awareness Month and resources to support someone who has experienced sexual violence.
Sexual Assault on the UMASS campus
Becky Lockwood, Associate Director of Counseling and Rape Crisis Services, is interviewed for a story addressing sexual assault on the UMASS campus.
Response to March 31 Letter on topic of sexual violence
Colleges Work Toward Better Reporting of Sexual Assault
A story about sexual assaults in college campuses features an interview with Becky Lockwood, associate director of the Center for Women and Community, and students Megan Deary and Rachael Gaughan. The report also features a recent public service message about consent from the university targeting students. (WWLP-TV [video], 11/13/13; News Office assistance)
Federal Grant will help UMASS strengthen education about sexual violence
Northampton Police launch new civilian advocate program to help victims of domestic violence, sexual assault
Massachusetts Steps Up: Key Sexual and Domestic Violence Issues for College Administrators
UMass Amherst hosts statewide conference
Update on Valley Free Radio Show: Kicking It for Peace & Justice
Interview with Bill Newman