Hopkins Hall | Room #407E | 413-597-4977 | [email protected]
Education: B.A. Williams College, Political Science (2005)
M.S. Northeastern University, Law and Public Policy (2009)
In my role, I’m responsible for all aspects of student-facing sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking prevention, response, and advocacy programs as well as the broader health education program at Williams. I’m always happy to meet with individuals and student groups to talk about how to make Williams a safer, healthier, more just and thriving place.
The most exciting thing I’m thinking about right now is the connection between transformative justice practices and prevention. Prior to returning to Williams, I worked for 7 years in several roles at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, organizing communities to prevent sexual violence and working with my colleagues to improve systems responses based on the experiences of those harmed by sexual violence.
My education has come from institutions, but more fully from the history of many justice movements, books and podcasts, storytelling, being in community with people, and in the words of Amita Swadhin, “people who trusted me with wisdom that goes beyond my own experience”, for which I am deeply grateful.
Outside of work, I enjoy exploring the outdoors, traveling, cooking, reading, organizing my community for justice and liberation, hanging out with my kids, and gathering with friends and loved ones.
Laini Sporbert, Health Educator (she/her/hers)
Hopkins Hall | Room #407C | 413-597-3165 | [email protected]
Hello! I’m a Health Educator who has been at the college since 1997 (yikes!). I do primarily substance use education and counseling, mental health awareness, sex ed, and information on sleep. I see students individually and in groups, and provide educational workshops across campus (invite me to your thing for a workshop!). I work with a number of student groups including Peer Health and the Berkshire Doula Project.
A long time ago, I received a BA in Psychology with minors in social work and women’s studies. Slightly less long ago, I completed an M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology with a specialty in Addictions. My Master’s thesis is on using the harm reduction method with college students to decrease harmful behaviors, and I have extensive training in motivational interviewing.
I am a proud north Berkshire native, and currently serve on our local Public Arts Commission. I previously served on the Cultural Council of the Northern Berkshires, and the MCLA Alumni Board. Until recently, I was on the Board of Directors of Elizabeth Freeman Center since 2005. I am active in several community-based prevention and recovery working groups. When I am not at Williams, I also help promote Young People in Recovery in the Berkshires. And when I’m not doing either of those things, I enjoy folk music. I’m known to drive almost anywhere in New England for a good folk show. I also like to knit, take walks in the woods with friends, travel when I can, cook/bake, and hang out with my fluffy cat Chino.
Allison Jasso, Violence Prevention Coordinator (she/her/hers)
Hopkins Hall | Room #407A | 413-597-4232 | [email protected]
I’m the Violence Prevention Coordinator who has been working at Williams since July, 2021. In my role, I focus on facilitating the office’s workshops for various campus groups and organizations, advising RASAN and MASC, and serving as a member of SASS Survivor Services.
I grew up in the rural Midwest in the small town of Moundridge, Kansas. Before coming to Williams, I received my B.A. in Political Science with minors in Communication Studies and Asian Studies from Doane University in Crete, Nebraska. While a student at Doane, I competed on the school’s nationally recognized competitive speech team, worked as a Writing Center consultant, and was the lead peer educator of the university’s violence prevention program. I’m considering studying for a master’s degree, but am currently enjoying a much needed break from being a student. When I’m not working I enjoy listening to music, judging speech tournaments, cooking, and unintentionally collecting Pilot G-2 pens.
Feel free to stop by my office, send me an email, or say hi when you see me on campus!