Violence Prevention Educators

Violence Prevention Educators, or VPEs for short, are graduate or undergraduate students trained to facilitate violence prevention curricula to the Brandeis community, such as our four levels of Bystander Training. VPEs present in pairs by request or through the many open trainings we host each semester. 

Learn more about the different trainings offered by VPEs here. Interested in becoming a VPE? Information about how and when we hire can be found on this page.

Anya '23
Anya Lukavsky (she/her) is a junior at Brandeis majoring in Women’s and Gender Studies with minors in Russian Studies and Linguistics. She plans to attend medical school after college to become an OB/GYN, and in the meantime enjoys dedicating herself to healthcare and advocacy work. Outside of PARC, Anya is an active member of the Student Sexuality Information Services and the debate team. She enjoys reading nonfiction, trying new coffee recipes, and making people gifts. She is grateful for the opportunity to connect with the Brandeis community as a Violence Prevention Educator and make campus ever safer.
Chloe '24
Chloe (she/her) is planning to major in Psychology or Biology. She likes taking photographs, doing DIY projects, swimming, and riding longboard. She is so happy to join the PARC team. She would like to spread the basic knowledge to make people be aware of violence and get rid of it as soon as possible. Also, with Chinese language and background, she welcomes Chinese students to training. 
Danna '25
Danna (she/her) is planning on majoring in Health, Science, Society, and Policy while minoring in Psychology on the Pre-health track. She is from Brooklyn, New York. Outside of PARC, she has been singing and performing for over 12 years for community service events as well as concerts in her area. Additionally, she is a physician outreach associate for Baseline Med, and continues to engage in volunteering for various organizations. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, cooking, strength training, traveling, sudoku puzzles, and spending time with family and friends. As a Peer Advocate, she is honored to listen and provide support to those impacted by violence.
Donna '24
Donna (she/her) is majoring in Health: Science, Society, and Policy (HSSP) on the Pre-med track. Outside of PARC she is an EMT with the Brandeis Emergency Medical Corps (BEMCo), a fall Orientation Leader, and the president of The Waltham Group. In her free time she enjoys being with friends and family, reading, and watching tv. As both a Peer Advocate and a Violence Prevention Educator, Donna hopes to support the Brandeis community and work to make campus a safe place.
Emily '23
Emily (she/her) is majoring in Anthropology and double-minoring in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic. In her free time, she enjoys reading literature, traveling, planting vegetables in her garden, and cooking Middle Eastern food. As a PARC team member, Emily is hoping to support those impacted by violence and is grateful for the privilege of being able to do this important work on campus!
Gabby '24
Gabrielle (she/they) is intending to major in Computer Science and minor in African and African American Studies. Outside of PARC, Gabby participates in the rowing team on campus. In her free time, she enjoys thrifting shopping, listening to R&B, and taking part in social justice initiatives. As an advocate, Gabby is hoping to offer support to her peers, and she is so excited to be able to do meaningful work on campus!
Hallie '23
Hallie (She/Her) is from Princeton, Massachusetts and is currently a senior. She is majoring in Sociology and minoring in English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGS). Apart from PARC she is interning with the Boston non-profit We Are Better Together. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, making art, and watching movies. She loves her community at PARC and is thrilled to offer students the support they need!
Jess '23
Jess Umanoff (she/they) is a junior at Brandeis with a double major in Theater Arts and Sociology. She is very grateful for the opportunity to be a violence prevention educator for PARC and is looking forward to providing support and care to the Brandeis community. Outside of PARC, Jess is a member of the Brandeis Leftist Union and is very active within the department of Theater Arts.
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Maya '25
Maya (she, her, hers) is from Livingston New Jersey and is currently majoring in Business and minoring in psychology. Outside of PARC, Maya is part of Sigma Delta Tau at Brandeis. In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer, hiking, and going to the beach. As a Violence Prevention Educator, Maya is excited to be a part of a team that helps, supports, and advocates for all people in the Brandeis community.
Tali '24
Tali (she/her) is from Portland, OR and she's majoring in Sociology and Psychology. Outside of PARC, Tali is part of Sigma Delta Tau and works at a local Hebrew school. In her free time, Tali enjoys discovering new coffee shops and spending time outside with friends. She is excited about being part of the PARC team and creating a safer and more supportive campus environment through education and conversation.
Zeyu '23

Zeyu (she/her/hers) is majoring in Biology and HSSP with a minor in Psychology. Outside of PARC, Zeyu enjoys theatre, reading books and spending time with her friends. She is glad to be a member of PARC and looks forward the time she will be working here. As originally born and raised in China, she aims to get more Chinese people involved in the training that the violence prevention program offers.