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September 2, 2014



Two new faces are increasing education about domestic and sexual violence

By Center for Advocacy, Response and Education

Formerly known as the Women's Center, The Center for Advocacy, Response and Education, or CARE, has two new faces. Jessica Haymaker and Jenna Tripodi were hired as co-coordinators for the center.

The Center for Advocacy, Response, and Education provides 24-hour assistance for K-State students who have been victimized by violence or who are threatened by biased, hateful, or criminal behavior, and with individuals who are filing complaints under K-State's Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Violence. Haymaker and Tripodi assist students in working with offices and agencies on and off campus and with law enforcement, legal, medical and academic concerns.

Haymaker received a bachelor's degree in social work from Kansas State University and a master's degree in clinical social work from the University of Kansas. Since 2005, she has worked with victims of sexual and domestic violence as an advocate, volunteer and statewide trainer.

"I think the Women’s Center has done a wonderful job in the last 40 years of serving victims and I want to continue to do that as a CARE coordinator," Haymaker said. "I want to listen to, make room for and amplify the voices of Kansas State University students, faculty and community victims of sexual and domestic violence, if and when they are ready to be heard."

Tripodi received a bachelor's degree in human development and family science from Oklahoma State University and a master's degree in marriage and family therapy from Kansas State University. She interned at Family Life Ministries at Fort Riley and the K-State Family Center.

"As a CARE coordinator, I strive to continue the K-State community efforts to support and serve survivors of sexual violence," Tripodi said. "In my role as an educator, I will join the many voices on this campus in a meaningful dialogue about sexual violence and educate students, faculty and staff about the spectrum of violence and how we can work together to sustain a community of non-violence. As an advocate, I will ensure the CARE office is a place survivors can come to feel safe, respected and heard."

Contact the Center for Advocacy, Response and Education in 206 Holton Hall, by phone at 785-532-6444, or email Haymaker at jrhaymak@k-state.edu or Tripodi at jmtripod@k-state.edu.

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