Shannon Da Silva joined Mount Holyoke as the Title IX and 504 Coordinator in April 2018. She most recently came from Hampshire College where she served on the Title IX team and lead violence prevention efforts for nearly 4 years. Da Silva has a background in social justice organizing, social work and supporting trauma survivors. As a community organizer she worked on a variety of campaigns including initiatives to end police brutality and predatory lending, increases to minimum wage and paid sick days, national immigration reform and the Affordable Care Act. She received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Denver where she later went on to co-facilitate a course in the social work program called Disrupting Privilege through Anti-Oppressive Practices. She has worked directly with trauma survivors in a variety of settings from domestic violence shelters, to criminal court rooms, as well as individual and family counseling. Outside of work Da Silva is busy with her son and two dogs.
As the Title IX Coordinator, Da Silva is responsible for directing the College’s compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, relevant provisions of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, and all other state laws. As the 504 Coordinator, Da Silva must also assure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other federal and state laws and regulations pertaining to persons with disabilities.
Her key responsibilities include: oversight of college policies and procedures relating to discrimination or harassment based on sex, gender or disability; oversight of investigations, response and resolution to reports of violations of these policies; and leading the College to take steps to eliminate these violations, prevent their reoccurrence and remedy the effects on those impacted.
Any campus community member, including students, employees, or third parties, can report behavior that they experience, witness, or learn about that maybe a violation of the Gender-Based and Sexual Misconduct Policy, as well as any other barriers to programs, services or activities directly to Da Silva. Individuals directly impacted by this conduct can also reach out to learn more about reporting options, campus and local resources, and safety planning.