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Title IX Peer Education Program

 

Why a peer education program on sexual violence?

Statistics on gender-based violence are upsetting. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence:

  • On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.
  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of [some form of] physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.
  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
  • 1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked by an intimate partner during their lifetime to the point in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.

The Title IX Peer Education Program, in partnership with Pacific's Women's Resource Center and the Office of Title IX, aims to empower students to prevent sexual assault and violence in our community. Peer Educators are trained to identify warning signs of toxic and abusive relationships, address root causes of gender-based violence, assist survivors in identifying resources, and promote healthy relationships and gender norms.

Through the TIX Peer Education Program, participants will be able to further develop their interpersonal and emotional competencies. Participants will be more aware of themselves and others by engaging in dialogues with their peers. Part of the curriculum focuses on learning to engage in healthy dialogue, and by practicing and observing healthy communication styles, participants will increase their knowledge on consent and effective communication. 

Meet the Title IX Peer Educators

Domenic Suntrapek

My name is Domenic Suntrapak, and this is my fourth year at Pacific. I'm presently pursuing a double-major in Asian Studies and English, as well as a minor in Gender Studies. Along with being a TIX Peer Educator, I am also heavily involved in the Matsuri Japan Organization on campus, serving as Treasurer two years running. I was born and raised in Fresno, but I enjoy visiting other states and other countries. I'm a lover of good food, and am attempting to become competent in the kitchen. My favorite color is a dark red or burgundy, and you can often spot me running around in a jacket of the same hue. My biggest quirks are that I'm a sucker for anything related to Science Fiction, Fantasy, and all things Japan.

Maddy Guekguezian

My name is Madeleine Guekguezian, and I am a senior at Pacific pursuing a BA in Music with minors in Psychology and English. In addition to my role as a Title IX Peer Educator, I am the ASuop Senator-at-Large for Greek Life and President Pro Tempore of the Senate, the low brass coach for Central Valley Youth Symphony, the Treasurer of Alpha Phi Omega, the national service fraternity, and preparing for my senior recital. I was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, grew up in Fresno, California, and fell in love with the latter when I got involved in the city's vibrant LGBTQIA+ community and Jazz/new music scene. I've been playing trombone for eleven years, writing music and poetry for almost as long, singing throughout my entire life, and trying to learn as many instruments and musical styles along the way! When I'm not wrapped up in academics, work, or extracurricular activities, I like to cook and bake, take walks, watch cartoons/movies, and play video games.

ClareMy name is Clare Sakauye and I am a second-year bioengineering major at UOP. In addition to being a Title IX Peer Educator, I also work at my church as a Sunday School nursery helper. For the past five years, I have volunteered with My Sister's House, a domestic violence shelter in Sacramento, assisting with daycare during their programs. My hobbies include baking, yoga, dancing and playing with dogs! And I have a strong affinity for coffee, sweaters and sunshine! I am excited to work as a peer educator and to help better promote healthy relationships. 

Autumn

My name is Autumn Vancil and I this is my fourth year here at Pacific. I am majoring in psychology. Last semester I was studying in Cork, Ireland at the University of College Cork. I aim to return there next year to pursue a degree in social work. I also work in the Women's Resource Center here at Pacific as an Inclusion Coordinator. I am also an active member of the Greek organization Ometa Eta Epsilon and love to volunteer in the community. I love to travel and be outdoors. I love promoting self-love, self-care, and promoting pro-social behavior. My main goal in life is to pet all the cats in the world. 

Natalie

Hello all, my name is Natalie Rahe. I'm a transfer student from San Joaquin Delta College; where I received AAs in Sociology and Criminal Justice (with honors). I am currently enrolled in the Organizational Behavior program; going for my BS here at University of the Pacific. Among my work here, I also work for the Disney Store and American Greetings. I am drawn to understand what makes us tick... human behavior and social interactions intrigue me. I am looking to understand the why behind it all. I love most things Disney, I enjoy traveling, adventure, nature, and I love animals. 

Keishell

My name is Keishell Moore and I am a 1st year graduate student pursing a Master's in Education with a concentration in Teaching. I am a recent graduate from California State University, Monterey Bay and I graduated with a BA in Psychology. I am from Los Angeles, and I am 23 years old. I love spending time with my fiancé and my 10 month puppy, Khloe. Also, I love being outdoors and spending time with my family and friends. I can be shy at times, but I love meeting new people. I am extremely passionate about Social Justice and facilitating dialogues that thoroughly educates others about systemic, institutional and environmental racism.

To learn more about the TIX Peer Education Program and/or how to get involved as a Peer Educator, please contact the Women's Resource Center.