Advocates serve a dual role. First, they are student volunteers who present programs and workshops to the campus and Valparaiso community. Advocates are students, specially trained and supervised by a professional assistant director affiliated with Counseling Services. Paula Dranger, assistant director for the SAAFE Office, received her MSW from Loyola University and has been with SAAFE since 1995. Paula has taught at Valparaiso University’s School of Social Work as well as the sociology department. She is nationally certified and a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Indiana. Dranger is also a Certified Mediator, a Substance Abuse Professional, and a Certified Program Planner.
Communication and Education
SAAFE provides peer education as a means to broaden awareness of sexuality and communication issues and to aid in the prevention of sexual assault. Interactive programs and bulletin boards on a variety of subjects can be requested throughout the year.
SAAFE is a support system for the individual. Advocates meet with survivors at their request in a confidential location and advise them through the process of healing. SAAFE offers referrals to campus and community services such as counseling, support groups, and legal services.
Advocates Board 2018-2019
- President – Samyra Leonard
- Vice President – Elisabeth Noland
- Secretary – Kristina Crespo
- Treasurer – Tasha Abraham
- Public Relations Chair – Sean Dickman
- Public Relations Chair – Natalie Kasberger
For additional information, call x6860/SAAFE Office or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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