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The Center for Violence Prevention's Advisory Board consists of students, faculty and staff at the University of Utah dedicated to eradicating relationship and sexual violence. Additionally, the board includes three community stakeholders to provide guidance to the center on research and practice related to violence prevention. Members of the advisory board will be announced soon.

Chris Linder, center director and an assistant professor of Higher Education in the College of Education. Linder researches sexual violence and student activism. Before joining the U in 2018, she was a student affairs educator, administrator and director of a campus-based women’s center supporting survivors of sexual violence. Linder is the author of “Sexual Violence on Campus: Power-Conscious Approaches to Awareness, Prevention, and Response,” published in 2018. She also is co-editor of “Intersections of Identity and Sexual Violence on Campus.”

  • Michelle Valdes, student; vice president of Student Relations, ASUU
  • Aarushi Rohaj, student; founder/president of SAFE (Students for Action Focused Empowerment)
  • Brian Burton, associate dean of students; director of student accountability and support
  • Ayana Amaechi (she/her), student; vice president for University Relations, ASUU
  • Meligha Garfield, director of the Black Cultural Center, University of Utah
  • Leilani Marshall (she/her/hers), assistant dean of Student Affairs; adjunct professor, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah
  • Brittany Badger Gleed, director of the Center for Student Wellness, University of Utah
  • Kwynn Gonzalez-Pons, doctoral student, College of Social Work, University of Utah
  • Tara Hardison, director of the Office of Student Engagement and Assessment, David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah
  • Jessie Richards, assistant professor/lecturer, Department of Management, David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah
  • Heidi Woodbury, vice president for Institutional Advancement, University of Utah
  • Brooke Adams, executive communication manager, University Marketing and Communications, University of Utah
  • Heather Melton, associate professor, Department of Sociology, University of Utah
  • Uma Parameswaran Dorn, assistant professor, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Utah
  • Dhiraj Chand, senior director of leadership and principal giving, Institutional Advancement, University of Utah


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