Student Support

Division of Student Life

Behavioral Intervention Team 

The Behavioral Intervention Team is an interdisciplinary team proactive in evaluating information and addressing student situations that pose, or may reasonably pose, a threat to the safety and well-being of students or the Reed campus community. The Behavioral Intervention Team uses a collaborative, coordinated, objective, and supportive approach to crisis prevention.

The Behavioral Intervention Team reviews referrals for concerning student behavior, including risk of harm or violence to self or others, harrassing behavior, and repeated or high-level community disruption. 

The Behavioral Intervention Team serves the Reed community by:

  • providing consultation and support to faculty, staff, and students
  • gathering and reviewing information
  • performing initial assessment of risk and threat
  • determining the best mechanisms for support and intervention
  • implementing support, interventions and actions
  • connecting students with appropriate campus and community resources
  • coordinating follow-up and case management services 

The Behavioral Intervention Team is founded on the principles of early intervention, proactive engagement, and an ethic of care for students and the campus community. Interventions are individualized to the specific factors of the involved parties and situations. 

Are you concerned for a student?

If you are concerned for a student’s immediate safety,
call Community Safety at 503-788-6666.

Members of Reed's Behavioral Intervention Team provide consultation, resources, and outreach to address concerns for students in a sensitive and compassionate manner. To share concerns for a student or request a consultation with a member of our team, please contact Dr. Luis Giraldo, Director for Student Support, at 503-517-4817 or email

Referrals are reviewed during normal business hours and are not monitored after hours, on weekends, or during official college holidays. For emergency or urgent situations involving risk of harm to self or others, please call Reed Community Safety at 503-788-6666 or 911.

BIT Members

The Behavioral Intervention Team is housed in the division of Student Life and consists of professionals with decision-making authority for several college departments and areas. Membership is intentionally interdisciplinary and based on functional areas most relevant to addressing student safety and well-being. 

The standing members of the Behavioral Intervention Team:

  • Chris Toutain, Martha A. Darling Dean of Students - chair
  • Steve Abrahão, Associate Dean for Academic Life
  • Yasodha Gopal, Assicate Dean for Student Health & Welbeing
  • Gary Granger, Director of Community Safety
  • Karnell McConnell-Black, Vice President for Student Life
  • Claudia Ramírez Islas, Associate Dean for Student and Campus Life
  • Johanna Workman, Director of Counseling Services

Members of the Behavioral Intervention Team representing the Health & Counseling Center serve strictly in a consultative capacity. Staff in the HCC maintain student confidentiality. 

BIT may consult with additional faculty or staff as appropriate to address student needs and concerns.