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June 15, 2017

Eastern Michigan University Title IX Coordinator Melody Werner named to Michigan First Lady Sue Snyder’s Sexual Assault Workgroup

YPSILANTI --  Eastern Michigan University Title IX Coordinator Melody Werner has been named to Michigan First Lady Sue Snyder’s Campus Sexual Assault Workgroup. The group is tasked with developing resources for assault survivors.

Werner, who has worked at Eastern in several administrative roles for 20 years, was appointed Title IX Coordinator in May 2015. She oversees investigations, monitors campus climate, identifies opportunities for improvement, and ensures the University has adequate grievance procedures for resolving complaints under Title IX. Werner also directs education, training and awareness regarding gender equity and sex discrimination.

Werner holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in communications and a doctorate in educational leadership from Eastern Michigan University.

Melody Werner, EMU Title IX Coordinator

“I am honored to serve on the First Lady’s workgroup in addressing this very important issue on college campuses across the country,” said Werner. “One of our immediate objectives, as a group, is to develop a survivor handbook that will be unveiled and distributed at the third annual ‘Inform. Empower. Prevent.’ summit that takes place at Eastern Michigan University on September 25.”

In announcing the workgroup, First Lady Sue Snyder said, “Ensuring that all assault survivors have access to resources that will help in their journey toward healing is essential in our work to address campus sexual assault in Michigan. I thank each of these dedicated individuals who are lending their expertise to help develop and distribute these vital resources to those who need them most.”

Other members of the campus sexual assault workgroup include:

  • Nadia Bazzy of Canton is the interim director of the University of Michigan Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in conflict transformation and peace building from Eastern Mennonite University. Nadia received her marriage and family therapist license from Oakland University. She will represent the victim advocate community.
  • Christopher Becker of Ada is a Kent County prosecutor. He earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Michigan State University and a law degree from Valparaiso University School of Law. He will represent the law enforcement community.
  • Aura Cazares of Berkley is the student conduct and compliance officer and Title IX coordinator at Henry Ford College. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing and a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies, marketing and communications from the University of Detroit Mercy. She will represent Title IX coordinators.
     
  • Beth Clark of West Bloomfield is the division commander of the forensics science division of the Michigan State Police. She holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology from Central Michigan University. She will represent the law enforcement community.
  • Brandon DeHaan of Grand Rapids is the police captain and assistant director of the Grand Valley State University Police Department. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Grand Valley State University. He will represent the law enforcement community.
  • Kimberly DeVries of Hudsonville is the director of equal opportunity compliance and is the Title IX coordinator at Grand Rapids Community College. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and telecommunications from the University of Georgia and earned a law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law. She will represent Title IX coordinators.
  • Mary Engelman of Bloomfield Township is the executive director of the Michigan Women’s Commission. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Evangel College. She will represent the State of Michigan.
  • Tana Fedewa of DeWitt is the program coordinator for the counseling center sexual assault program at Michigan State University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Grand Valley State University and earned a master’s degree in clinical social work from Michigan State University. She will represent the victim advocate community.
  • Danielle Hagaman-Clark of Brighton is a training attorney at the Prosecuting Attorney’s Association of Michigan. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and criminal justice from Western Michigan University and a law degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. She will represent the law enforcement community.
  • Risa Hunt-Scully of Mount Pleasant is the Isabella County prosecutor. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Central Michigan University and a law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She will represent the law enforcement community.
  • Ellen Lassiter Collier of Battle Creek is the director of gender equity and Title IX coordinator for Kalamazoo College. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s in public history from Northeastern University. She will represent Title IX coordinators.
  • Andrea Munford of Haslett is a detective sergeant at the Michigan State University Police Department. She holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Michigan State University and is Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) Certified. She will represent the law enforcement community.
  • Sarah Prout Rennie of Berkley is the executive director of the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University and a law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law. She will represent the victim advocate community.
     
  • Matthew Wiese of Marquette is a Marquette County prosecutor. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan University and a law degree from Vermont Law School. He will represent the law enforcement community.

You can learn more about the First Lady’s initiative to end campus sexual assault in Michigan by visiting www.endcampussexualassault.com.

Contact Geoff Larcom, glarcom@emich.edu, 734.487.4401

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