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Meet our Staff!

 

Sarah Colomé, Director

Sarah joined the WRC in Fall 2017. Sarah oversees all aspects of gender equity initiatives, as well as the WRC's prevention programs and support services related to sexual misconduct. Prior to Illinois, she served as the Manager of Break the Cycle’s Capacity Building Program, where she designed and implemented training and technical assistance projects focused on preventing and addressing dating abuse among young people 12-24. In addition to collaborating with partners such as Freeform (ABC Family), Johns Hopkins University, and Alpha Chi Omega, Sarah also managed three technical assistance projects supporting grantees of the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women. Prior to Break the Cycle, she was rooted in Chicago working for A Long Walk Home, Inc., teaching at DePaul University, and serving as a Medical Advocate with Resilience. Sarah brings a passion for intersectional social justice to each aspect of her work, and when she's not working, she's probably sipping on good coffee, retweeting Tracee Ellis Ross, or on a Netflix binge of the Newsroom.

 

Jaya Kolisetty, Associate Director

Jaya joined the WRC in Summer 2019. Jaya is an experienced educator and anti-violence advocate. She holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from the George Washington University, is an Illinois alumna, and has dedicated her academic and professional career to addressing and preventing sexual and domestic violence. Jaya’s experience includes serving as the Associate Director at Rape Advocacy, Counseling, & Education Services (RACES), Co-Chair of the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault’s (ICASA) Social Justice Training Committee, and as a Practitioner Reviewer for the Center for Victims of Crime.  Jaya is looking forward to having the opportunity to work in partnership with students, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders to create a more coordinated and comprehensive strategy for sexual violence prevention on campus that will empower all survivors and contribute to a safer Illinois. When she's not busy running one of our several prevention programs, Jaya enjoys riding her bike and playing with her cat.

 

Clare Conway, Assistant Director

Clare joined the WRC family in Spring 2019. Clare is a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and holds a master’s degree in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Oregon State University, where her research interests included pop culture, fat studies, and online communities. Before joining the WRC, she served as a Program Coordinator for four years with Girls Inc. of Chattanooga. In her free time, Clare enjoys traveling, sewing, trivia, and going to the movies. 

 

Madeline Farrell, Advocacy & Wellness Coordinator

As the newest addition to the WRC, Madeline started at the University of Illinois in December 2019. Madeline is from Milwaukee, where she worked for the past two years advocating and supporting survivors of domestic and sexual violence. A graduate from Illinois State University, she loves anything related to Wisconsin sports, and enjoys spending time with family and friends in her free time. She is excited to begin working with students, faculty, and staff to create a safer and supportive environment on campus!

 

Joan Wingo, Office Support Associate

Joan, a community volunteer and former stay-at-home mom, joined the WRC in March 2010 as Secretary through the Extra Help Services and now serves as the WRC full time Office Support Associate. Joan ensures that the day-to-day operations of the women’s center run smoothly including greeting callers and visitors, stocking supplies and maintaining equipment, and maintaining program statistics and financial records. Joan recently completed her Bachelor degree at Eastern Illinois University. Her interests include Habitat for Humanity and housing issues for women and children.

 

Noelle Bruce-Widder, Graduate Assistant

 

WRC Advisory Council (2018 - 2019):

  • Lauren Castaneda (Undergraduate Student)
  • Barb Childers (Associate Director, Illini Union)
  • Arianna Agramonte Holterman (Assistant Dean of Students, Student Assistance Center)
  • Kathryn Martensen (Assistant Provost for Educational Programs, Office of the Provost)
  • Brinda Nagaraj (Undergraduate Student)
  • Keiko Price (Senior Associate Athletic Director, Sports Administration, Division of Intercollegiate Athletics)
  • Nupur Sahai (Clinical Counselor, Counseling Center)
  • Michelle Vitanov (Undergraduate Student)

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