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.

Adrián '23

Adrián (he/him/his) is majoring in Politics and Visual Arts with a minor in Legal Studies. Outside of the office, Adrián is a fencer of the Brandeis Varsity Fencing Team and a member of the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity. Adrián comes all the way from Spain, Madrid, but currently resides in Bayonne, New Jersey. He enjoys making art, as well as hiking. As a Violence Prevention Educator, Adrián hopes to make the Brandeis community a safer and more friendly environment for everybody to enjoy.

Ali '22

Ali (she/her) is majoring in Sociology and WMGS, and minoring in Legal Studies and SJSP. Outside of PARC, Ali is an Undergraduate Representative (UDR) for the Sociology Department and does legislative work with the Every Voice Coalition. In her free time, she enjoys biking and spending time with friends. As a Violence Prevention Educator, Ali is excited to educate others on topics surrounding violence and to promote a more supportive campus community.

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. She is from Brooklyn, New York. Outside of PARC, she is part of the chamber singers choir on campus and 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) and Biology on the Pre-med track. Outside of PARC, she is a member of Brandeis’s folk and folk-pop  a cappella group, Too Cheap for Instruments, and a volunteer with the Waltham Group. She enjoys reading, cuddling with her pets, and being with her friends. Donna is excited to join the PARC team and is looking forward to helping educate the Brandeis community on violence prevention.
Emily '23
Emily (she/her) is intending on majoring in Anthropology and IMES in addition to minoring in Arabic.  Outside of PARC, Emily is active in the Intersectional Feminist Coalition and the Democrats group on campus.  In her free time, she enjoys reading literature, listening to classic rock, and messing around with various instruments.  As a PARC team member, Emily is hoping to support survivors as much as she can, and is grateful for the privilege of being able to do this important work on campus!
Eva '22
Eva (she/her) is majoring in Psychology, WGS, and History. Outside of PARC she enjoys volunteering. In her free time she likes to hang out with friends, bake, and draw. She is excited to join the PARC team and support persons who have experienced sexual violence through work both in and out of PARC.
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 majoring in Sociology and minoring in English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGS). She is also the outreach coordinator for Brandeis FMLA and is interning with the Boston non-profit We Are Better Together. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, making art, and watching movies. 
Hallie is abroad this semester but she is coming back for the Fall!
Hannah '22

Hannah (she, her, hers) is from Massachusetts and she is currently majoring in Psychology with a minor in Sexuality and Queer Studies. Outside of PARC, she works as a Phonathon caller. As a Violence Prevention Educator, she is looking forward to helping the Brandeis community learn about violence and bystander intervention and make campus a safer place. 

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.
Juan '22

Juan (he/him) comes all the way from Luque, Paraguay majoring in IGS and Psychology. Juan also enjoys watching shows when he has some free time or hanging out with friends. He is pleased to continue to be a part of the PARC community this semester and looks forward to spreading awareness of sexual assault prevention. 

Si necesitas ayuda, ven a mi horario de oficina por favor.
Se hai bisogno di aiuto, vieni nel mio ufficio per favore.
Reikotevro pytyvõ, eju che rendápe roñemonguetá hag̃ua.

Lauren '22

Lauren (she/her/hers) is from southern New Jersey, double majoring in Neuroscience and Biology with a minor in WGS. Outside of PARC, Lauren is on the E-board of the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance. This semester she is excited to work towards the de-stigmatization of conversations on sexual and domestic violence while working to prevent its occurrence. 

Margo '22

Margo (she/her/hers) is from Teaneck, New Jersey and is majoring in Anthropology and Sociology with a minor in CAST (Creativity, Arts, and Social Transformation) and Social Justice and Social Policy. Outside of PARC, Margo is an Anthropology UDR, leads Body Positive Brandeis, and works as a Student Interviewer in Admissions. She also loves to try out new restaurants, watch late-night talk show interviews on YouTube, and pet any dog in sight.

Maya '22

Maya (she/her/hers) is majoring in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and minoring in Anthropology and WGS. Along with being a VPE for PARC, she is also a UDR for NEJS on campus and a member of the sorority Sigma Delta Tau. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends, eating new foods, and talking about Harry Styles! She is excited to be on the PARC team and work with others to better educate the Brandeis community. 

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Maya '25
Maya (she, her, hers) is from Livingston New Jersey and is currently majoring in Health, Science, Society, and Policy (HSSP). Outside of PARC, Maya is the Vice President of the Jewish Feminist Club 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.