What We Do
The Prevention, Advocacy and Resource Center at Brandeis provides a warm and welcoming space that is open to survivors, as well as supporters and friends of survivors, Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. during the academic year.
During these hours, the office is staffed by two trained peer advocates. The services offered by these advocates include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Confidential one-on-one conversations (available in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Hindi and Punjabi).
- Support during the reporting processes to Title IX and/or the police.
- Connections to both on- and off-campus resources.
- Self-care and grounding exercise.
- Campus escorts and study buddies.
Please note that peer advocates are not certified to provide long-term counseling. Advocates can instead connect students to PARC professional staff and/or the Brandeis Counseling Center for ongoing professional support.
Our two full-time staff members can provide more in-depth, ongoing advocacy. They can provide much of the same support as the peer advocates, as well as more details about reporting options, medical care, civil protection orders, and attend meetings with other staff members or faculty with you for support, for example.
You are welcome to meet with a peer advocate first, then ask to be scheduled with a professional staff person, or you can schedule with a professional staff person directly. Professional staff members work Monday through Friday, usually from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; we recommend calling or emailing to make an appointment to ensure someone is available to meet with you: 781-736-3372 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about our peer and professional advocates
Violence Prevention Education and Training
PARC also offers a library of trainings which can be requested by any member of the Brandeis community. Student groups and community advisers are particularly encouraged to host these trainings.
Available trainings include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Bystander training
- Support-a-friend workshops
- Culture of Consent Conversation
If you are hosting an event that addresses sensitive or triggering topics, PARC peer advocates can be present to support participants who wish to talk to someone during or after the event. If you would like the support of peer advocates at your event, please fill out our event services request form.