Laura Luciano, firstname.lastname@example.org is the Interim Director in the Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance. She began her work in the anti-sexual violence field as a student activist here at Rutgers during her time as an undergraduate. After receiving her M.A. in Counseling from The College of New Jersey, she worked for the Camden County Domestic Violence program providing counseling to women in shelter and co-facilitating a batters’ intervention program. She then combined her passion for the anti-sexual violence movement with her love of working with traditional college aged students and became a Program Coordinator for VPVA in 2001. In July 2007 she became the Assistant Director. She provides counseling, advocacy and crisis intervention to crime victims- primarily survivors of sexual and dating violence and victims of stalking. In addition, she coordinates some of the office’s awareness events and programs, provides relevant training and educational programs, and coordinates the 40 hour training for the University’s confidential sexual violence advocates. In 2011, Laura was honored by her Colleagues when she received the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NJCASA) Excellence in Advocacy Award for her work with survivors of sexual violence.
Laura is a University Liaison to the LGBT community, serves as an advisor to Take Back the Night and is a member of the Bias Prevention and Education Committee. She also conducts workshops for the University’s Continuing Education department. Laura is on the Board of the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault and is an appointed member of the New Jersey Governor’s Advisory Council Against Sexual Violence.