Prevention, Advocacy & Resource Center

Violence Prevention Educators

Violence Prevention Educators (VPEs) are undergraduate students trained to facilitate violence prevention curricula to the Brandeis community, including trainings and workshops on bystander intervention, consent, and healthy relationships. 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
Amanda '26
Amanda (she/her) is majoring in neuroscience. Outside of PARC, Amanda is a member of the Turrigiano lab at Brandeis. She likes sketching, painting, and has a major soft spot for animals. As a violence prevention educator, Amanda is excited to inform and support the Brandeis community by creating a safe space for discussion.
Binta
Binta '25

I (she/her/hers) 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
Chloe '24

Chloe (she/her) is a junior student majoring in psychology and biology. She is an international student from China. In her free time, she loves taking photographs, reading and traveling. As a PARC team member, she would like to support people around her whenever they need it!

Danna
Danna '25

Danna (she/her) is majoring in HSSP (health, science, society and policy) and Biology on the pre-health track. Outside of PARC, she has been singing and performing for over 12 years for community events and concerts in NYC, volunteers as as support group facilitator for ANAD, is a research assistant for a psych lab on campus, and more. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, strength training, tennis, caffeine, sudoku puzzles, and spending time with family and friends. She is excited to continue working as a VPE and Peer Advocate to educate, empower and establish a safe, supportive environment for those affected by violence.

Donna
Donna '24

Donna (she/her) is majoring in HSSP (health: science, society and policy) on the pre-med track. Outside of PARC, she is an emergency medical technician (EMT) with the Brandeis Emergency Medical Corps (BEMCo), a fall orientation leader and president of 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.

Gabby
Gabby '24

Gabrielle "Gabby" (they/she) is intending to major in computer science and minor in African and African American studies. Outside of PARC, they serve as the publicity coordinator for the Brandeis Black Student Organization and are a member of the Rebelle Dance group. In their free time, Gabby 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 they are excited to be able to do meaningful work on campus!

Hedy
Hedy '26

Hedy (she/her) is from Princeton, New Jersey, 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.

Jessie
Jessie '25

Jessie (she/her) is from Brooklyn, NY, and is double majoring in psychology and sociology and minoring in education. Apart from PARC, Jessie teaches at a local synagogue's Hebrew school, volunteers with Waltham Group, and is in the Delta Phi Epsilon sorority. She loves to hang out with friends and read in her free time. Jessie is excited to be a part of PARC because she wants to help cultivate a safer campus environment and serve as a resource for other students.

Jessie is away from PARC for the Spring 2024 semester. 

Julia
Julia '26

Julia (she/she) is a sophomore majoring in sociology with a minor in English. She is a copy editor at the Justice newspaper and the communications director for the Brandeis Democrats. Julia also has a WBRS radio show called Magic, Madness, Heaven, Sin where she shares her favorite Taylor Swift songs. She enjoys reading, watching tv, and spending times with her cats. Julia is so excited to be joining the PARC team as a violence prevention educator and can't wait to start helping the Brandeis community.

Maya S
Maya '25

Maya (she, her, hers) is from Livingston, New Jersey, and is double majoring in business and 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.

Maya U
Maya '25

Maya (she/her) is a junior from New Jersey, majoring in American Studies and Education. In her free time, Maya loves baking, reading, playing board games with friends, and exploring new things to do and places to go in Boston (and is always looking for recommendations!). She is so glad to be a part of the PARC team and work to make the Brandeis community safer and more supportive.

Sophie
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 to empower and secure the Brandeis community through education. Outside of PARC, she is a member of Adagio, CAB, WBFC, 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, as well as bad comedy movies.

Sophie is away from PARC for the Spring 2024 semester. 

Spencer
Spencer '25

Spencer (he/him) is studying business and economics. He is from Long Island, New York. Outside of PARC, Spencer is a part of the Brandeis cross country/track and field team. He likes playing tennis, video games and filmmaking. He is thrilled to be a member of PARC and support the Brandeis community.

Tali
Tali '24

Tali (she/her) is from Portland, Oregon, and she's majoring in sociology and psychology. Outside of PARC, she 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.