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Resignation Letter 5.29.12FINAL

Resignation Letter 5.29.12FINAL

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For those of you interested in the details of why I resigned. peace,

Juliette Grimmett
For those of you interested in the details of why I resigned. peace,

Juliette Grimmett

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To:AshleySimons-Rudolph,WomensCenterDirectorFrom:JulietteGrimmett,Women’sCenterAssistantDirectorCC:ChancellorRandyWoodsonProvostWarwickArdenJoanneWoodard,ViceProvostDanO’Brien,HumanResourcesEmployeeRelationsDate:Tuesday,May29,2012Subject:LetterofResignationIresignfrommypositionasAssistantDirectoroftheNorthCarolinaStateUniversityWomen’sCenter,effective3:30pm,TuesdayMay29,2012.IhavelovedmyjobasAssistantDirectoroftheWomen’sCenteroverseeing
InterpersonalViolenceServices
(IPV,whichincludessexualandrelationshipviolenceandstalking).Inmanywaysithasbeenmydreamjob.MyaccomplishmentsatNCStateUniversityreflectmyloveandcommitmenttotheworkhere.Inmy5years,withthesupportofstudents,colleagues,andcommunitymembers,IhavecreatedanationallyrecognizedInterpersonalViolencePreventionEducation,Advocacy,andTrainingprogramandwasawardedcloseto$315,000inDepartmentofJusticefederalgrantsforIPVsupportandprevention.IhavereceivedseveralawardsthathaverecognizedmyworkhereatNCStateandmycontributiontothefieldthatinclude:theStudentAffairsOutstandingContributiontotheProfessionAward(2008);theStudentAffairsStudent’sFirstAward(2009);theAnneFishburneAward(2009)fromtheNorthCarolinaCoalitionAgainstSexualAssault(NCCASA)tohonormy“invaluableassistancetosupportsexualassaultservicesinNorthCarolinathroughthelegislativeprocess.”AsthechairofthelegislativecommitteeofNCCASA,IdirectedthelegislativeadvocacyandwroteaneditorialfortheNewsandObserverthataidedinNorthCarolinanolongerchargingsurvivorsfortheirsexualassaultforensicevidencecollectionexam(i.e.,rapekit);andtheFirstYearStudentAdvocateAwardfromFirstYearCollege(2010).Inaddition,Icreated
TheMovement 
,astudentorganizationthatrequiresa3-creditcourseformembership,toprovideIPVpreventionworkshopsoncampusandinthecommunity.
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Furthermore,themostsignificantsourceofvalidationformyworkherehascomefromstudents.Onatleastamonthlybasis,Ihavereceivedcards,emails,orsmallgiftsfromstudents,usuallysurvivorswithwhomIhaveworked,thankingmeforhowIhavehelpedthem.Severalmonthsago,astudentbroughtmeflowers,acard,andadonationreceipttoInterAct,asexualassaultanddomesticviolencecrisis
 
2centerinRaleigh.TheparentshadmadeadonationtotheminmynamebecauseofthesupportIprovided.Toadvocateforjusticeandpeaceandtoworktoendthemistreatmentandabuseofothershasbeenacentralpartofmylife’sworkforover16years.Mylast9months,however,havebeenspentadvocatingformyco-workersandmyselfagainstthemistreatmentandbullyingwehaveexperiencedbyWomen’sCenterDirector,AshleySimons-Rudolph.UnderAshley’sleadership,everydayisunpredictable.Herbehaviortowardssomeofushasbeendisrespectful,manipulative,dishonest,andunprofessional.InNovember2011,afterunsuccessfullyandconsistentlytryingtoaddressissueswithAshleyrelatedtothemistreatment,IbegantosharemyconcernswithHumanResourceswiththehopesoffindingaresolution.AsaresultofmymeetingswithHRandthoseofotherWomen’sCenterstaff,HRnotifiedAshley’ssupervisorJoanneWoodard.JoanneagreedtomeetwithWomen’sCenterstaffthatwerewillingtospeakwithher.FourofusscheduledseparateindividualmeetingswithJoanneandfelthopefulthatshewouldsupportusandtakestepstoendthebullyingenvironmentintheWomen’sCenter.Justtheoppositeoccurred,unfortunately,wheninretaliation,AshleyimmediatelyfiredCaitlinPost,theSurvivorAdvocateandrecentNCStateUniversitygraduateandformerPresidentof
TheMovement 
.AshleyalsonotifiedAbigailConley,GraduateAssistantforInterpersonalViolenceServicesandCounselorEducationdoctoralcandidate,thatitwastimeforhertotransitionoutwhenshewouldnotagreeto“moveon”(i.e.,acceptAshley’sleadershipstyleandendallcomplaints).Abigailleftthefollowingweek.WewereshockedthattheViceProvostforInstitutionalEquity&Diversitynotonlyapprovedtheseterminations,butalsoapparentlydidnotbelieveorsupportus.ThefourofusworkedintheWomen’sCenteracombined11yearswithonlypositivefeedbackfromsupervisorsaboutIPVservices,includingAshley(directorfor9months),whoinitiallyacknowledgedtheexcellentqualityofinterpersonalviolenceservicesprovidedbytheWomen’sCenteratNCState.Ashley’ssupportofIPVServices,however,diminishedwhenIadvocatedforanotherWomen’sCenterstaffmemberthatwasbeingtreatedunfairly,andalsowhenIstartedtosetpersonalandprofessionalboundarieswithher(e.g.,notcallingmewithnon-emergenciesafterworkhoursoronmydayoff,.80FTE).Whileadvocatingformyselfandotherstaff,Ihavealsobeenadvocatingforinterpersonalviolenceservices,asAshleyregularlythreatenschangestoprogramsthatarenotinthebestinterestsofourstudents.ThemostnoteworthyexampleofundermininganddestabilizingtheseservicesoccurredatthebeginningofApril,whenAshleyandJoannenotifiedmethroughemail(whileIwasonmaternityleaveandwithoutanyexplanation,althoughIrequestedone)thatIwasnolongerallowedtoreapplyfortheDepartmentofJustice(DOJ)OfficeonViolenceAgainstWomen(OVW)GrantstoReduceSexualAssault,DomesticViolence,DatingViolenceandStalkingonCampusProgramthatwasdueonthelastweekofMay.OverhalfofthegranthadalreadybeenwrittenwhenIwasnotified,asitisamultistep,long-term

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