Lower Level of Frazee Hall, facing Administration Drive.
University of Kentucky
Violence Intervention and Prevention Center
406 Administration Drive
Frazee Hall, Lower Level
Lexington, KY 40506-0031
Email is not a confidential form of communication; please contact us in person or via phone if you are seeking help for yourself or a friend.
Interview Requests (Media/Class) The VIP Center is happy to participate in interviews for media outlets and class assignments. However, due to the nature of the services we provide and because we represent the University of Kentucky, there is a process that must be completed before we can participate. Please note that this process may take several business days, so we suggest you submit requests with as much lead time as possible.
Email, Rhonda Henry to request an interview. Please include the nature of your request (class, television, radio, newspaper, etc.), as well as the topic and questions you plan to ask, so that we may be prepared.
Rhonda Henry will then contact UK Public Relations (UKPR) to request permission to participate. UKPR may follow up with you before granting permission. Once permission is granted, Rhonda Henry will coordinate scheduling available staff to participate in the interview as soon as possible.
Rhonda is a proud graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Social work and happy to return to the campus world. During college, she became passionate about helping those impacted by interpersonal violence. She worked for many years as an advocate for domestic violence survivors at the Fayette County Attorney's office. In 1998, she joined the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center, most recently serving as the Executive Director. She finds all forms of advocacy exciting, challenging and life-changing- for clients and advocates alike. In addition to her passion for ending power based personal violence, here is what you should know about Rhonda to strike up a conversation:
Girl Scouts, golden retrievers, Foo Fighters, air conditioning, Diet Coke, being creative, reality TV, being from Kentucky, basketball, politics and Mexican food.
Humidity, judgmental people, mosquitoes and roller coasters.
Iced tea and the mittens versus gloves debate.
Feminism is the radical notion that women are people. - Cheris Kramarae and Paula Treichler
In the depths of winter I finally learned there was in me an invincible summer. - Albert Camus
Ashley is a proud graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in English and Women’s Studies. With a decade of advocacy and activism work in the field of sexual and gender-based violence response, intervention and prevention she has been privileged to serve survivors and advocate for change in many different spaces in lots of different ways. She has found her home in working for change on a college campus, and is most fulfilled when empowering others to create the world we want to see. Being able to return to her Wildcat roots and practice the work she loves in the community she loves is a dream realized. She believes that every single person deserves to live a life free of violence and knows that we are the solution and the revolution starts now.
being in community with others - friends and family, the incredible scale of natural wonders, indie video gaming, dragon*con, the life and adventures of whales, UK basketball, feminism, the smell of campfires in the fall, animals wearing people clothes, celebrating anything and everything.
King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, Indie Game, Anvil! The Story of Anvil, Herb & Dorothy, Undefeated, Exit Through the Gift Shop
For me, forgiveness and compassion are always linked: how do we hold people accountable for wrongdoing and yet at the same time remain in touch with their humanity enough to believe in their capacity to be transformed? - bell hooks
When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that it's bottomless, that it doesn't have any resolution, that this heart is huge, vast, and limitless. You begin to discover how much warmth and gentleness is there, as well as how much space. - Pema Chödrön
Own your greatness. - Janet Mock
Laura completed both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Eastern Kentucky University. She received her Bachelor's in Communication Studies and a Master's in Human Services. Prior to joining the VIP Center, Laura worked in Res Life, where she focused on student involvement and engagement. Laura joined the VIP Center, eager to be a part of a group who works tirelessly to end interpersonal violence. Laura is without a doubt an extrovert, and gains her energy from being around others. Whenever you are bored and need someone to talk to, swing by the VIP Center, she would love to talk and get to know you!
Malones, Chedders, Dominos, Cheesecake Factory, Olive Garden, and Five Guys Burgers and Fries.
I LOVE Reality TV... The Bachelor/Bachelorette, Dance Moms, Hardcore Pawn, Real World/Road Rules Challenges, Big Brother, Amazing Race, Shipping Wars and The Real Housewives.
Catch Me if You Can, Crazy Stupid Love, Wedding Crashers, The Notebook, Bridesmaids and Just Go With It.
Carol Taylor-Shim, MSW comes to the VIP Center from the world of child welfare after surviving it for nearly 20 years. Taking all that she's learned from working with families, children, communities and agencies she's ready to spend the next 20 years working to end power based violence. "This is my dream job" is a phrase you'll hear from her over and over again for the forseeable future or until someone drops of one of those gigantic checks for millions of dollars.
Sports Center, Top Chef, Any NFL or NBA Game, Any and all judge shows (Judge Judy is the best!), Kitchen Nightmares, and Real Housewives of Atlanta.
My mission in life is not merely to survive...but to thrive; and to do so with some passion...some compassion...some humor...and some style. - Maya Angelou
Everybody should take an interest in his own future, since he has to live with it for the rest of his life. - Mark Twain
Student Engagement Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Talia comes to the VIP Center with several years of experience in advocacy and activism work in the field of sexual and gender-based violence, in both community and campus-based settings. She is a graduate of Saint Mary's College, in South Bend, Indiana, where she holds her Bachelor"s degree in Philosophy and Political Science. Talia also holds a Master's degree in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the University of Cincinnati. She is passionate about working with students, and addressing issues of interpersonal violence in her community. She is a firm believer in the power of community, and that in order to address issues of interpersonal violence we must work together across our differences to create the world we want to live in! Talia is also a great listener and abstract thinker!
creating meaningful change, building community, family and friends (including animals), feminism, survivor advocacy, philosophy, observing the beauty of nature, sharing sunrises and sunsets, all things space, and the moon.
Another Round, Deep Energy 2.0, Latino USA, Snap Judgement, TED Radio Hour, Mortified, Stuff Mom Never Told You, StoryCorps, and many more!
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an escapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever effects one directly, affects all indirectly. -Martin Luther King, Jr.
I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood. -Audre Lorde
What I do not see of you draws me towards you provided you hold your own, and provided your energy allows me to hold my own and raise mine with you. I go towards that which enables me to become while remaining myself. -Luce Irigaray
Leah is a proud graduate from the University of Kentucky a degree in Anthropology with an emphasis in Gender and Women's Studies. With a passion for art and all things creative, she is happy to put her graphic design skills to work towards the mission of the VIP Center. Through her designs and outreach materials, Leah brings visibility to the issue of interpersonal violence.
Riding bikes, puns, the color green, peanutbutter pie, Kentucky, reading, CSNY and printmaking.
Fluorescent lighting, too much buttercream icing, and stupidity.
I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am. I am. I am. -Sylvia Plath
Well done is better than well said. -Benjamin Franklin