Winona State University has a new advocate in the fight against gender-based violence.
The Office of Legal Affairs announced WSU graduate Heather Gerdes has been hired to serve as the campus Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Intervention Coordinator. Gerdes will work to enhance programming to reduce sexual assault, dating and relationship violence, stalking and sexual harrassment.
While the position may be new, Gerdes is no stranger to WSU. In addition to receiving her undergraduate degree in communication studies at WSU, she is also currently working toward a master's degree in educational leadership..
Gerdes said her new position will assist in the continuation of addressing sexual violence and other gender-based violence on the WSU campus and in the community by continuing our efforts to streamline best practices both on and off campus.
This past winter, student advocates reached out to local bars to offer training to bartenders and bouncers about when and how to intervene in dangerous situations.