As part of Carolina’s ongoing engagement with issues of sexual and gender-based harassment and violence, we are committed to increasing our focus on prevention. To achieve this, we launched a Task Force in April 2015 to address prevention efforts. This Task Force was charged with developing a five-year strategic plan to reduce gender-based violence by increasing access to prevention initiatives and empowering the community to take responsibility for prevention.

The Task Force, charged by Winston Crisp, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, and Felicia Washington, Vice Chancellor for Workforce Strategy, Equity, and Engagement, brought faculty, administrators, students, and community members together to gather a wide range of perspectives and expertise. The Task Force met monthly through December 2016 to review best practices and federal requirements, review UNC-Chapel Hill data about the campus climate and current resources, write a prevention philosophy, identify ways to support and expand current prevention initiatives, and provide evidence-supported recommendations for 21 new initiatives to strengthen UNC Chapel Hill’s commitment to prevent gender-based violence. The recommendations from the Task Force are currently under review by leadership in Student Affairs and Workforce, Strategy, Equity and Engagement.

Prevention Task Force Members

  • Kelli Raker (Chair), former Coordinator for Violence Prevention Programs, Student Wellness
  • Aaron Bachenheimer, Director, Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life and Community Involvement
  • Adrienne Cromwell, Director of Advising, Study Abroad Office
  • Alison Spannaus, Associate Director, New Student & Carolina Parent Programs
  • Amy Gauthier, former Senior Associate Director,Department of Housing & Residential Education
  • Cindy Fraga Rizo, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work
  • Claire Poindexter & Kaila Eckstein, Co-Chairs, One Act student organization
  • Cricket Lane, Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Development, Athletics
  • Elizabeth Davidson & Anna Taylor, Co-Chairs, Project Dinah
  • Emily Burrill, Associate Professor, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Emily Gaspar, Assistant Dean of Students, Office of the Dean of Students
  • Erin Hamilton, Director of Education Programs, Compass Center for Women and Families
  • Jenn Scott, Clery Compliance Coordinator, Department of Public Safety
  • Leslie Lerea, former Associate Dean, Student Affairs, The Graduate School
  • Manny Hernandez, Graduate and Professional Student Federation representative
  • Noreen Esposito, Clinical Associate Professor, Representative from Faculty Council
  • Rachel Valentine, Director of Prevention Programs, Orange County Rape Crisis Center
  • Sam Green, Vice President of Student Government
  • Sharbari Dey, Education Coordinator, Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs
  • Shelley Gist, Coordinator for Student Programs, Carolina Women’s Center
  • Terri Phoenix, Director, LGBTQ Center
  • Tiffany Bailey, Director, Accessibility, Resources and Service


Special Thanks

Thanks to the following former members of the Task Force!

  • Anne Zhou, Co-Chair, Project Dinah
  • Becky Gunter, Study Abroad Office
  • Julia Stroup & Jake Ford, Co-Chairs, One Act Steering Committee
  • Linda Chamiec-Case, Director of Education Programs, Compass Center for Women and Families
  • Rachel Gogal, Vice President of Student Government
  • Shelby Dawkins-Law, Graduate and Professional Student Federation representative
  • Kayla Peck, Graduate and Professional Student Federation representative