Prevention, Advocacy & Resource Center

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. Interested in becoming a VPE? Information about how and when we hire can be found on the Join Our Team page.

Binta '25
Binta (she/her/hers)
I plan to major in Economics with a pre-health track. My favorite activities are swimming and self-care. I also enjoy cooking and learning new recipes for my friends and family. As a PARC member, I hope to offer anyone the support they need, whether that be through conversation or orientation.
Chloe '24
Chloe (she/her) is a junior student majoring in psychology’s and Biology. She is an international student from China. In her free time, she love taking photographs, readings, and traveling. As a PARC team member, she would like to support people around her if they needed!
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. 

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. 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!

Hedy '26
Hedy (she/her) is from Princeton, NJ and is planning on majoring in Economics and Environmental Studies. In her free time, she enjoys spending time in nature, reading, baking bread, going on walks with her dog, and listening to different genres of music. As a Violence Prevention Educator, she is honored to be part of a team on campus that constructs a culture of safe intervention through education and advocacy.
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.

Jessie '25
Jessie (she/her/hers)
I am a sophomore at Brandeis majoring in psychology and minoring in education and HSSP. Apart from PARC I teach at a local synagogues Hebrew school, volunteer with Waltham Group, and am in the Delta Phi Epsilon sorority. In my free time I love to hang out with friends and read. I’m excited to be apart of PARC because I want to help cultivate a safer campus environment and serve as a resource for other students.
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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.

Sophie '25
Sophie (she/her) is planning on majoring in Cognitive Science through the IIM program. She is beyond excited to join the PARC team in order to empower and secure the Brandeis community through education. Outside of PARC she is a member of Adagio, CAB, WBFC, an orientation leader, and service chair for PAD. She is passionate about giving back to the community in any and all ways. She loves animals, writing, baking, her friends and family, and bad comedy movies.
Spencer '25
Spencer (he/him) is planning to major in Business and Psychology. He is from Long Island. Outside of PARC, Spencer is a part of the Brandeis Cross Country/Track and Field Team. He likes playing tennis, videogames, and filmmaking. He is thrilled to be a member of PARC and support 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.