From: Diane Lee, Dean of Undergraduate Education
I am pleased to announce that Jess Myers has been appointed as Director of the Women’s Center. Ms. Myers has been the Acting Director since April 2011; she previously served as Coordinator in the Women’s Center. As Acting Director she continued important programming and services, such as supporting students in crisis and serving as adviser/advocate for survivors of sexual assault and relationship violence, during a time of leadership transition in the Center. She also had primary responsibility for planning and implementing the Women’s Center’s Twentieth Anniversary celebration during the 2011-2012 academic year. The year-long activities brought the critical work of the Women’s Center to the attention of more students, faculty members, and staff throughout the campus. Ms. Myers has worked to enhance closer relationships with campus partners, expanded the Returning Women’s group meetings to include relevant workshops and presenters, and at the same time, expanded Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month in partnership with University Health Services.
Ms. Myers earned her Master of Science in Student Affairs in Higher Education and Certificate in Women’s Studies from Colorado State University in 2010. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work with high honors from Catholic University of America in 2005. She has taught and served as an advisor to first-year students throughout her career and continues to support student development and engagement through presentations and trainings.
In the upcoming year, Ms. Myers plans to make use of the momentum generated by the Twentieth Anniversary to transform the Women’s Center into an even more appealing destination for learning, engagement, and activism. Upcoming programming will include a men’s engagement program, additional support for women veterans, and efforts to bring “Take Back the Night” to campus again.
Please join me in welcoming Jess Myers as Director of the Women’s Center. Feel free to stop by the Women’s Center to speak with Jess and to learn about upcoming programming, to participate in events, or just to have a cup of tea or coffee.