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      Dean College Welcomes New and Returning Students


      Beginning tomorrow, Thursday, August 28, students from around the world will be arriving on campus to kick off the 2014-15 academic year!

      Friday marks the beginning of International Student Orientation (ISO) and Arch Orientation. ISO offers an opportunity for international students to become acquainted with Dean and the surrounding areas and Arch Orientation allows those participating in the Arch program to become better acquainted with others in the program.

      On Monday, September 1, the remaining new and returning students will move in and/or check-in to Dean College. Times and locations for check-in vary depending on a variety of factors, so be sure to check out the Move-In Day web page for all information. If you are moving in to a residence hall for the first time, you will also find some tips on what to bring and what not to bring to college.

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      Dean College Receives Avon Foundation Grant


      Avon Foundation for women awards grant to Dean College to participate in first-of-its-kind National Leadership Institute to address sexual assault on college campuses.

      [Franklin, MA], October 24, 2016 —The Avon Foundation for Women awarded Dean College with a one-year grant to participate in the first National Leadership Institute: Changing the Narrative on Campus Gender-Based Violence. Through the $10,000 grant from the Avon Foundation, Dean College will be among the 20 schools to participate in this comprehensive, action-oriented leadership program to develop and implement action plans to prevent and respond to sexual assault.  Together, they will form a growing learning community committed to ending gender-based violence on school campuses.

      “The Avon Foundation has funded campus-based campaigns and bystander intervention initiatives for more than five years to help change behaviors around sexual assault. We want to inspire and empower others to be a part of the solution,” said Christine Jaworsky, Avon Foundation Program Director. “We see the National Leadership Institute as an innovative opportunity for students and schools to take the lead in shifting the conversation around gender-based violence in the campus setting, but also in the broader dialogue around sexual and domestic violence in our society.”  

      The first Institute will be held in Boston from October 25 to 26 with 10 area colleges and universities, followed by a second cohort in Atlanta with 10 area schools from November 30 to December 1. Each school will send a multi-disciplinary team of five to six representatives, including administrators, security and service providers, Title IX personnel, and student leaders. During the program, participants will learn and share best practices on how to respond, using a trauma-informed lens, when an assault occurs. At the end of the two-day institute, each school will have a sexual assault prevention and response action plan, which they will be supported to implement over the course of a year.      

      “We’re very proud to partner with the Avon Foundation for Women on this National Leadership Institute to train multi-disciplinary school teams to take the lead and work collaboratively to end gender-based violence on their campuses,” said Lonna Davis, program leader for Futures Without Violence. “There were over 70 schools who applied to be part of the program, so we know there is an immediate need and desire to find and implement solutions.” 

      Futures Without Violence received a grant from the Avon Foundation for Women to research, design and implement a curriculum in collaboration with Harvard Law School’s Gender Violence Program and the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education. 

      “We are proud that the Avon Foundation for Women has chosen to support our program. Attending the National Leadership Institute in Boston is a wonderful opportunity for members of the Dean College Sexual Assault Prevention Work Team, said MaryAnn Silvestri, director of counseling services at Dean College. “The team, including student members, will create an action plan, develop new initiatives and programs to address sexual violence on campus. We are privileged to have been awarded this grant from the Avon Foundation for Women and we look forward to furthering education and prevention efforts in the Dean Community.”

      The National Leadership Institute curriculum focuses on four major areas: 1) fundamentals of gender-based violence and trauma, 2) campus cultures and climate, 3) prevention and education, and 4) response, policy, and adjudication. Developed in consultation with national experts and institutional representatives from schools across the country, the curriculum provides colleges and universities the opportunity to learn best practices in the prevention, response and resolution of sexual violence, and the tools needed to implement action plans.  

      Below are the participating colleges and universities in Boston on October 25-26, 2016.

      1.    Brandeis University

      2.    Dean College

      3.    Eastern Nazarene College

      4.    Emerson College

      5.    Lasell College  

      6.    Lesley University

      7.    Providence College  

      8.    Stonehill College   

      9.    University of Massachusetts, Lowell

      10.  Wheaton College  

      Below are the participants in Atlanta on November 30-December 1, 2016.

      1.    Benedict College

      2.    Clemson University

      3.    College of Charleston

      4.    East Tennessee State University

      5.    Georgia Institute of Technology

      6.    Georgia State University

      7.    Middle Tennessee State University

      8.    Morehouse College

      9.    Tuskegee University

      10.  University of North Carolina at Charlotte

      Futures Without Violence                                                                                                          

      Futures Without Violence is a national health and social justice nonprofit that leads groundbreaking educational programs, policies, and campaigns to end violence against women and children around the world. Providing leadership from offices in San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Boston, FUTURES has trained thousands of professionals and advocates—such as doctors, nurses, judges, athletic coaches, and other community influencers—on improving responses to violence and abuse. The organization was a driving force behind the passage of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act in 1984 and the Violence Against Women Act of 1994—the nation’s first two comprehensive federal responses to interpersonal and family violence.


      Avon Speak Out Against Domestic Violence

      Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women launched Speak Out Against Domestic Violence in 2004 to support domestic violence awareness, education and prevention programs aimed at reducing domestic and gender violence, and to provide direct services for victims and their families. Through 2015, Avon and the Avon Foundation have contributed nearly $60 million to support this goal. Globally, Avon supports efforts to end violence against women in nearly 50 countries by raising funds through special product sales and educating women around the world through its army of nearly six million Avon Representatives. For more information, visit


      About Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women 
      Avon is a global corporate leader in philanthropy focused on causes that matter most to women. Through 2015, Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women have contributed over $1 billion in over 50 countries. Avon’s funding is focused on breast cancer research and advancing access to quality care through the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, and efforts to reduce domestic and gender violence through its Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program. The company’s global markets sell special products to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer and domestic violence, conduct hundreds of events for these causes, and educate women around the world through its global network of nearly six million Avon Representatives.

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      Dean College Bulldogs Weekly Athletics Results


      Dean College Weekly Athletics Results

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      Saturday with Dean, October 29, 2016


      Join Dean College for an information session and tour of campus designed to help you better understand The Dean Difference.

      Join Dean College for an information session and tour of campus designed to help you better understand The Dean Difference. Sessions begin at 10:00 a.m. followed by the campus tour, allowing you plenty of time to enjoy the remainder of your day.

      Representatives of the Office of Admissions staff will be on hand to answer all of your questions.

      We can't wait to welcome you to campus!

      Register for Saturday with Dean.

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      Dean College to Host Discover Dean Day, October 15, 2016


      Dean College to Host Discover Dean Day, Saturday, October 2, 2016

      Dean College hosts many events throughout the year to help prospective students and families see the Dean Difference firsthand. Discover Dean Days are full day open house programs that include campus tours, presentations and opportunities to meet with faculty, staff and students from throughout the Dean community.

      The following is the schedule for Discover Dean Day on Saturday, October 15, 2016:

      9:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast

      10:00 Welcome and Overview

      10:30 Academic Fair

      11:00-1:00 Discover the Dean Difference: Explore our campus through a variety of activities that will allow you to visit one-on-one with faculty and staff and get all your questions answered. You will find a voucher in your packet to visit the Smith Dining Center when you are in the mood for lunch.

      To reserve your space, simply register online or contact the Office of Admissions at 508-541-1508 or toll free at 1-877-TRY DEAN.

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      Dean College Presents The East, October 12-16, 2016

      The School of the Arts at Dean College will perform The East, beginning Wednesday, October 12, 2016 through Sunday, October 16, 2016.

      The East is an original play by Dean faculty members Matt Greene and Craig Handel.

      With their homeland in conflict, five young women, seeking a sense of identity and purpose, answer the call of duty and travel to “The East”. Their story is one of youthful hope and optimism confronting the harsh realities of war. You won’t want to miss our talented students perform in this original play!

      The Dean College production of The East will take place in the Main Stage in the Campus Center at Dean College, 99 Main Street, Franklin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday – Saturday and 2:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets range from $5-$22 and can be purchased online.

      To learn more and purchase tickets, visit

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