Bates CARE Collaborative (BCC)


The Bates CARE Collaborative (BCC) is a multidisciplinary team that provides coordinated, proactive, and person-centered support for students, faculty, and staff, who may be in distress and/or exhibiting concerning behaviors. Through evidence-based practices, BCC will identify, assess, intervene, and manage situations that may pose a barrier or threat to the safety and well-being of anyone in the Bates community.


The Bates CARE Collaborative will serve as a centralized referral source for students, faculty, staff, and families who may have a concern about someone in the Bates community. Centered in care, the BCC will provide educational resources and support to the campus community, specifically to prioritize early intervention and ongoing collaborative support.


Through the use of an evidenced-based model from the National Association for Behavioral Threat Assessment (NABITA), the BCC will determine the appropriate course of action for every referral. Our goal is to respond to all referrals with swift assessment, tailored interventions, and appropriate management strategies to prevent further concern or potential harm.


The BCC is intentionally composed of individuals from key areas across campus who work collaboratively to create and maintain a safe and supportive campus environment for all.

BCC members

  • Wayne Assing, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Tonya Bailey-Curry, Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Office of Intercultural Education
  • Jess Berry, Assistant Dean of Students for Accessible Education and Student Support (Chair)
  • Brenna Callahan, Associate Director of Health Services for Student Support
  • Donald Dearborn, Associate Dean of the Faculty
  • Jessica Fournier, Employee Relations Specialist for Human Resources
  • Erin Foster Zsiga, Dean of Students
  • Darren Gallant, Associate Dean and Director for Global Education
  • Faith Hauger, Administrative Coordinator for Student Affairs
  • John Heutz, Campus Safety Supervisor: (may attend with Director or as alternate)
  • Gwen Lexow, Director of Title IX and Civil Rights Compliance
  • Paul Menice, Director of Campus Safety
  • Molly Newton, Associate Dean of Students for Residence Life & Health Education
  • Jimmy Riley, Director of Residence Life and Community Standards
  • Kim Trauceniek, Senior Associate Dean of Students for Campus Life

When to Report:

If someone you know is demonstrating concerning behaviors, especially when more than one are present, it may be a sign that a student, faculty member or staff member is in distress.

There are many resources available at Bates to help and your confidential report to the Bates CARE Collaborative (BCC) can make a difference for the person you’re concerned about.

Is someone you know…

  • experiencing a decline in work or academic performance?
  • demonstrating disruptive or disturbing behavior?
  • showing dramatic changes in appearance, behavior or weight?
  • having problems at home, with classes or work?
  • making disturbing comments in conversation, email, letters, social media postings or papers?
  • sad, anxious or experiencing dramatic mood shifts?
  • abusing alcohol or drugs?
  • isolating themselves socially?
  • acting paranoid or suspicious?
  • frequently angry or easily frustrated?
  • struggling with health problems?

How to Report:

If you have an immediate concern or an emergency, please contact Security at 207-786-6254, or their emergency line at 207-786-6111. Otherwise please click on the Report A Concern button on the top right side of this page. If you have any questions, please contact BCC members via email at*Please note this email is only monitored during regular business hours.

What information does the BCC need?

  • Student, faculty or staff member’s name and ID number (if known).
  • Brief factual description of the incident or behavior.
  • Direct quotes whenever possible.
  • Where and when the incident or behavior occurred.
  • Names and contact information of witnesses.
  • Your name, role in the situation and complete contact information.
  • Include all emails or other information you have.
  • Always save voice recordings, text messages, and emails on the device that received them.