Campus Consortium

Saint Mary’s College

Notre Dame, IN

Saint Mary’s College is a Catholic, residential, women’s college in the liberal arts tradition. A pioneer in the education of women, the College is an academic community where women develop their talents and prepare to make a difference in the world. Founded by the Sisters of the Holy Cross in 1844, Saint Mary’s promotes a life of intellectual vigor, aesthetic appreciation, religious sensibility, and social responsibility. All members of the College remain faithful to this mission and continually assess their response to the complex needs and challenges of the contemporary world.

The Belles Against Violence Office, rooted in the Catholic Church’s faith and social teaching, cultivates a culture free from violence through education, training, support, and advocacy. BAVO engages the Saint Mary’s College community to prevent and respond to sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. 


Campus Liason: Liz Coulston

Coordinator Belles Against Violence Office

Liz Coulston began working at Saint Mary’s College in 2019 as the coordinator of the Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO).  In her role, Liz is responsible for addressing and preventing sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking within the campus community.  This is accomplished through education and prevention initiatives, crisis intervention services, and advocacy for primary and secondary survivors.

Liz earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Ohio Northern University and completed her master’s degree in social work at Grand Valley State University.  Prior to joining BAVO, she worked at the YWCA of West Central Michigan and AIDS Ministries.

Campus Liason: Karen Johnson

Vice President for Student Affairs