Westminster Hires First-Ever Victim Advocate
February 27, 2017
Westminster is pleased to announce Isabella Ramos Miller has been hired as its first-ever victim advocate. She will begin her contracted position today.
"Isabella is an experienced victim advocate and peer sexual health educator," said Jason Schwartz-Johnson, Title IX coordinator and Equal Opportunity officer. "In her new role, she will be responsible for meeting with student survivors regarding incidents of sexual or interpersonal violence, referring them to campus and community resources, assisting them with obtaining supportive measures from the college and helping them navigate the internal investigation and criminal processes."
Ramos Miller will be available two hours per week by appointment. Unlike the college's Counseling Center, she is not a confidential resource.
"For any incidents that are reported, our new victim advocate will be required to provide the Title IX office the type of incident, date, time and location," Schwartz-Johnson said. "However, no information that will directly or indirectly identify the victim or other parties involved will be shared."
Ramos Miller earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology-anthropology from Western Washington University. She developed a passion for empowerment-based advocacy as a victim advocate at the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services of Whatcom County in Washington. She also worked as a sexual health educator at WWU Prevention and Wellness Services. She hopes to use her advocacy experience and passion for violence prevention to help make Westminster's campus a safe and inclusive place for all. In her free time, she enjoys rock-climbing, mountain biking and exploring all that Salt Lake City has to offer.