fall, several staff and faculty members have assumed new roles in designing and
implementing sexual violence prevention, health education, and support services
for students, as a part of the Student Affairs Division’s work to implement the
university’s Strategic Plan and contribute to IUP’s vision of being a
Julene Pinto-Dyczewski serves as the Health Education
and Program/Women's Programs director. Jessica Miller, Counseling Center faculty, assumes a leadership role for the Haven Project, continuing its mission
in providing sexual violence prevention and intervention services. Melissa Dick, Health Service
director, will be a member of a triage team providing support and intervention
services to students receiving services from the Haven Project.
Pinto-Dyczewski, Miller, and Dick are working
collaboratively with several offices and departments across campus and in the community,
including the Office of Social Equity, the Women's Commission, University
Safety, academic associate and assistant deans, and the Alice Paul House. Valerie Mercado, IUP’s Title IX coordinator, and Sondra Dennison,
deputy Title IX coordinator and director of Residential Living, are part of
this collaborative team, joining Pinto-Dyczewski, Miller, and Dick
to continue to enhance the university’s efforts to provide sexual violence
prevention and support services, as well as strengthen its health education
programs and outreach and awareness programs.
Knowing the importance of peer
education in these efforts, the team will support peers and volunteers
who are dedicated to reaching out to students about sexual violence and healthy
Call 724-357-3947 or visit the Center for Health and
Well-Being to learn more.