ABOUT ME

I have been working with survivors, communities, agencies, students, and universities on issues of gender-based violence, discrimination, social justice and wellness since 2008. In my current role as the Weber State University Women’s Center (WC) Director, I supervise 3 professional staff, and 16 student staff, and oversee and provide strategic leadership for our programs and services. The WC strives to provide a protective environment for students, decreasing their risk factors for violence through wellness training, professional development, leadership training, and mentoring, and educating them on issues of power, privilege, discrimination and harassment, violence prevention, bystander intervention, and community organizing. My approach is interdisciplinary, synthesizing student development, public health, and feminist theory and pedagogical practices, allowing me to develop programming methods that recognize and address social determinants and structural barriers, are culturally inclusive, and account for power as it relates to intersecting identities such as race, gender, sex, ethnicity, ability, religion, nationality, sexuality, and class.

Under my direction, the WC has increased student utilization of services by 711% (from 2,079 served in 2014-2015, the year before I took over, to 16,862 in the 2016-2017 school year). We have successfully collaborated with over 75 community partners, doubled our online engagement, generated nearly $30,000 in positive media coverage, and raised over $205,000 to support the mission and vision of the WC, $77,000 of which is continued base funding. Please contact me if you are interested in consultation services, keynotes, workshops, or trainings. 

All Bystanders Count

Mission

I strive to provide communities with technical assistance, training, programs, resources, and opportunities to address and prevent sexual violence, relationship violence, stalking, sexism, racism, classism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia and other forms of violence and oppression. 

 

Guiding Values

  • I treat survivors and their allies with respect, understanding, and support.

  • I am committed to trauma-informed survivor-centered advocacy services, agency training and technical assistance.

  • I am committed to offering inclusive, best-practice, culturally relevant, and interactive violence prevention education. 

  • I value community-based initiatives and seek to collaborate directly with partner communities in order to ensure I provide violence prevention education that speaks to the communities specific needs and experiences. 

 

Goals and Vision

  • Provide support for survivors of violence. 

  • Engage communities and incite people to talk within their communities about issues of violence. 

  • Increase knowledge about sexual violence, relationship violence, stalking, other forms of violence, and actions individuals and communities can take to address and prevent violence through programming, outreach, and online resources. 

  • Support communities to address and overcome barriers to violence intervention and prevention engagement. 

  • Increase community self-efficacy and confidence to engage in violence intervention and prevention actions.

  • Support the development of violence prevention skills by community members.

  • Ensure all prevention services are trauma-informed and survivor-centered.

  • Support coordinated community response systems and sexual assault response teams.

  • Assist communities in creating comprehensive response and prevention structures, organizations and agencies, programs and initiatives. 

EDUCATION

SERVICES

2014-2015

University of Maryland, College Park

Women's Studies Doctoral Fellow

2012 - 2014

Oregon State University

Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies M.A.

2007 - 2010

Oregon State University

English B.A. 

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