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Spiro's HERO

A federally funded grant program at USM to addresses sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking on USM’s campus through prevention and education efforts.

About Spiro's HERO

The Spiro’s HERO project coordinates the university's response to incidents of sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking when those incidents involve members of or visitors to the Saint Mary community.

Because of stay at home orders and to support social distancing, Spiro's HERO is only available remotely. Reach out to the Project Coordinator, Elizabeth Gnade, at for referrals to crisis intervention, connecting to support, remote programming, and/or resource referrals. 


Healthy relationships.
Empowered students.
Respectful culture.
Our safe campus.


Want to get involved?

Contact the Elizabeth Gnade, OVW Project & Violence Prevention Coordinator, at


Informed by current federal guidance, Spiro’s HERO aims to ensure the university responds promptly and effectively to stop problem behavior, prevent its recurrence, and remedies its effects.

The program provides:

  • Information about university policies and procedures
  • Referrals to campus and community confidential resources and victim advocates
  • Help facilitating accommodations to address safety concerns and support victims or complainants so academic and professional pursuits may continue unimpeded
  • Information to victims and complainants about the process and will work with them to ensure their wishes are understood by the University
  • Leadership to the University’s Coordinated Community Response team to ensure continuous improvement in policies, procedures, and prevention.


April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month!

also known as SAAM

Everything is going digital! Find ways below to show your support through your social media and other digital platforms for survivors of sexual violence.


Download and use one of these backgrounds for your Zoom meetings.



Click on the images to go to a new page will the full size image, then right click to "save as" and then add to your custom virtual background in Zoom.


You can also add a frame to your profile pic on Facebook.

Go to to add a frame to show your support


Check out the IG pages of organizations that focus on helping survivors and take part in their social media challenges! Look for #30DaysOfSAAM for calls to action


Teal is the official color of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Wear a teal shirt, headband, etc, paint your face teal! Then take a pic and post it to whichever your preferred social media is and tag it with #SAAM or shout out to the importance of supporting survivors.

OVW Project and Violence Prevention Coordinator

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Elizabeth Gnade
Room 117, Keleher Learning Commons