Caraline Somerville, the Wheaton’s Title IX Coordinator and Bias Incident Response Officer, is charged with ensuring the College’s response to reports of sexual and gender-based misconduct (as defined in these campus policies), as well as allegations of bias. Caraline has served Wheaton College in this role since January of 2021. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bryant University in 2012, followed by a Master of Education from Merrimack College specific to college student development, counseling and college operations.
Caraline’s entire professional career has been spent in the higher education sector, with previous roles spanning residence life, teaching, conduct and case management as well as Title IX policy and incident response. Caraline brings a passion for student and staff support to her role at Wheaton. This, while ensuring the College’s fair, compliant and caring response to reports of sexual and gender-based misconduct as well as bias incidents in the community.
Much of Caraline’s role includes meeting one-on-one with students, faculty and staff in response to incident reports, including but not limited to intake meetings, implementing supportive measures and coordinating formal grievance processes. It is a priority of Caraline’s to ensure that everyone involved in response processes feel heard, respected and treated fairly.
Dayna Vachon Wheeler is the Intake, Training and Prevention Coordinator working in the Title IX Office. Dayna’s role combines case management with training, prevention, and community outreach regarding issues of sexual and gender-based misconduct, identity bias, interpersonal violence, consent, healthy relationships and bystander intervention. She supports students who have been impacted by alleged misconduct, and serves as a liaison with internal and external agencies and departments to coordinate community partnerships, implement ongoing community prevention education as well as track and implement required community training.
Dayna has a background in Early Childhood Education, receiving her Associates of Art in Early Childhood Education from Community College of Rhode Island. She went on to teach in preschools for five years before deciding to go back to school. As an artist who brought creativity into her classrooms, she noticed how restorative it was for the students who were coming in with trauma, and wanted to explore using the arts as a method of healing. She went on to earn a Bachelor’s of Science in Expressive Arts Therapies from Lesley University. After completing her degree, Dayna felt drawn to community based work, so she returned to Lesley and earned a Masters of Education with a concentration in Arts, Community, and Education. Prior to coming to Wheaton, Dayna worked as a Community Education Specialist at New Hope in Attleboro, where she developed a passion for prevention education, specifically for young people, supporting all survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and community outreach. She is devoted to challenging the narrative of who can be harmed and who can cause harm, and empowering young people through creativity, community, and education.
Outside of Wheaton, Dayna loves to spend time with her husband and their friends and family, be cozy, listen to music, and make art. Her favorite thing in the world is being a mom to her young daughter, and her fur-st baby, Phoebe the dog.
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