Shana M. Ware, director of the Office of Respect, departed her position on July 28, having accepted a position in Chicago, where she can be closer to family. Shana came to Campus Life with a decade of experience at public and private institutions in advocacy, case management, clinical mental health counseling, and institutional leadership. Before joining Emory, she served as advocacy services coordinator at Northern Illinois University. We are thankful for her service to our students and Campus Life.
Brandi Benton, director of the Office of Health Promotion, will serve as interim director for the Office of Respect during the search for a permanent director, which begins this month. As part of a realignment to expand resources for students, Bias Support Services (BSS), formerly associated with the Office of Respect, will be led by Kyle Williams, special advisor to the senior vice president and dean of Campus Life, and his team.
The Office of Respect will continue to be available 24 hours a day to focus on the critical task of supporting and advocating for survivors of sexual and relationship-related violence and stalking. Respect advocates are available also to help students learn more about their options and rights, assist with safety planning, and coordinate a variety of additional support resources.
Students who have experienced sexual or relationship-related trauma can receive support and guidance by calling the RESPECT Hotline at 470-270-5360.
Bias Support Services ensures that a clear and accessible process exists for reporting bias incidents and providing support for community members impacted by bias. Visit the Bias Support Services website to learn more about BSS and how to report a bias incident.