FAIR: Promoting Fairness, Awareness, Inclusion, and Relationships in our Community

Members of the Committee


Deb Bailin:

“Growing up with four immigrant grandparents, I internalized the belief that constant vigilance against injustice toward any individual or group is not only necessary but practical. That’s why I believe strongly in the mission of FAIR—Lyndon’s organization dedicated to fairness, awareness, inclusion, and relationships—and why I’m proud to be part of its ongoing work.”


Kristi Castleberry:

“I chose a career in teaching literature because I believe in the potential for discussions of different ideas and experiences and perspectives to help people develop compassion and to foster a sense of social justice. I am thrilled to be a part of FAIR and to work toward making our community more just and inclusive.”


Sam Boss:

“As FAIR’s representative from the library, I am an advocate for equity in access to information for all members of the Lyndon community.”


David Johnston:

“I have been a member of FAIR or its predecessor, the Campus Climate Committee, every year I have been at Lyndon. My particular social justice interests lie at the intersections of race, class, and gender.”


Erin Rossetti:

“I am happy to be a part of FAIR because I am passionate about what this group stands for and accomplishes on campus. It is my desire and goal to support and provide resources for all students, colleagues, and community members, and FAIR is a keystone in accomplishing and reinforcing that goal.”


Jonathan Davis:


Benafsha Sohail:

“Social justice is something very important for all of us regardless of our faith, culture, background, nationality, or our appearance. We all need and want to live harmonious and rightful lives. It is the right of every single one of us to be respected, tolerated, understood, and accepted by others around us. In a great community such as Lyndon, as community members we can get all the support and opportunity to work and study hard and to create a better future for ourselves by pursuing our college degree and making a career. Let’s make this wonderful community even more unique by eliminating any discrimination and respecting all the differences in every member of our community. The starting point is to interact, speak up for yourself, educate others around you about yourself, and help them learn about who you really are, why you are here, and finally, be a true member of the community.”


Kate Gold:

“I’ve always been interested in the parts of our history, culture, and society that are usually glossed over in school and daily life. That’s part of the reason I majored in Anthropology and Native American Studies for my undergraduate degree. My service as the co-coordinator of Policy 311, Lyndon’s anti-discrimination/ harassment policy, continually shines a light on the ongoing need for awareness and interventions related to making Lyndon a welcoming and inclusive community for people of all genders, races, religions, ages, and abilities. That’s why I have been an active member of FAIR since its inception.”


Alexandra (Lexi) Damato:

“I came to Vermont from a racially diverse town in Connecticut. My love for working with people and social justice began my sophomore year in high school when I was involved in a club called SCF (Senators Community Foundation). We volunteered with street outreach to educate teens about animal cruelty and the state’s safe haven law for newborns. We also volunteered every week with children who had been abused at Kids in Crisis and Domestic Abuse Services. When I came up to Vermont to study psychology and human services, I wanted to be more involved in things like FAIR in addition to engaging in activities off campus to help my community and make a difference. Now as a staff member at Lyndon, I decided to join FAIR to continue to provide awareness for others and to tackle problems that our community faces. I constantly strive to learn and educate. It keeps my heart full and my mind open.”


Sierra Hargrave:

“I strongly believe in the power of community. I realized that in order for everyone to receive respect, compassion, equity, and dignity, I had to understand that we are all separated into unequal classifications, and this makes it difficult for our communities to thrive and reconnect. Lyndon not only gave me an education to build my awareness but gave me the tools and resources to stay active and make change, big and small. My education has taught me the importance of developing relationships instead of alienating others.”


Henekis Stoddard:

“I am a social justice activist and educator with a concentration on addressing racism, sexism, and being an effective ally. I am personally and professionally committed to counteracting structural oppression in every way that I can. Being a member of Lyndon FAIR provides many opportunities to do this very important work with other dedicated people.”


Patricia Shine:

“For me, social justice means that not only does everyone get a seat at the table, everyone has a voice at the table, too. It means we are really listening to each other. We are open to learning and changing, and we are willing to share resources equitably. This is what being part of Lyndon FAIR is all about.”


Purpose and Responsibilities

The purpose of Lyndon FAIR is to serve our community as a resource and catalyst for social justice consultation, advocacy, and activism. We will do so by:

  1. Engaging in consistent, open, and honest communication with each other and with all members of our community.
  2. Actively collaborating with all members of our community in regard to issues of social justice.
  3. Providing consultation and resources to colleagues in our community on issues related to social justice.
  4. Advocating for, by working with, disenfranchised members of our community.
  5. Coordinating programming which addresses the social justice needs in our community.
  6. Creating opportunities for activism in support of social justice in our community.
  7. Providing leadership in our community on issues related to social justice.
  8. Engaging in an ongoing process of self-assessment and accountability.


What is awareness? 

Awareness means that we are paying attention—to ourselves and to all that is around us.  It means we are conscious of what we do and what impact our behaviors have on others.  Awareness means being awake, being woke, being informed about all that is really going on—not just what we’re told is going on.  Most importantly, awareness leads to action.

“Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things, they are transformed.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“Awareness is the greatest agent for change.” – Eckhart Tolle

“Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear but around us in awareness.” – James Thurber

“Awareness precedes choice and choice precedes results.” – Robin Sharma

Awareness and social justice are inextricably intertwined. Embracing social justice creates communities in which all voices are not just heard but are listened to. Social justice ensures that all people are given the respect they deserve. A socially just community is one in which all members are given the opportunities and support they need to succeed.


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Additional Resources

Sexual and Racial Harassment Contacts

Kate Roy, Deputy Title IX/Policy 311 Co-Coordinator/Associate Director of Athletics

Kate Gold, Policy 311 Co-Coordinator/Director of Advising Resources

Policy 311 Investigators

Kate Roy, Deputy Title IX/Policy 311 Co-Coordinator/Associate Director of Athletics

Kate Gold, Policy 311 Co-Coordinator/Director of Advising Resources

Sandy Franz, Director of Human Resources

George Hacking, Public Safety

Thomas Anderson, Associate Dean of the Faculty and Academic Programs


Title IX and Sexual Assault/Harassment: LyndonState.edu/pages/students-faculty-staff/title-ix-sexual-assaultharassment/



Patricia Shine
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