by Emma Cotton, VT Digger, May 6th, 2021.
Leaders announced in February that they had received a $100,000 grant from the Northfield Savings Bank to fund the program. It followed a slew of announcements, particularly from Black women, who have said the harassment they’ve faced while holding leadership positions has been too much to bear.
“It’s not uncommon for people of color, and particularly Black women, to suffer in isolation and silence until it is so bad that it almost feels too dangerous or unlivable,” said Sen. Kesha Ram, D-Chittenden. “What we hope this network can do is open up space a lot sooner for people to feel encouraged and supported, to talk about the help they need, before it becomes a crisis.”
Ram, one of the leaders of the organization, said she’s hoping the network will help prevent those situations among any students who eventually hold leadership positions in the state.