Women’s Place Names First Director

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“We are benefiting from the guidance and determination of students, who are insisting upon safety for all members of the campus community. Women’s Place embodies the commitment UK is making to provide a foundation of safety upon which women can build excellence in all other areas of their lives.

-- Dorothy Edwards,
director,
Women's Place
University of Kentucky

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 8, 2005) -- The University of Kentucky Women’s Place, a new establishment on campus working toward prevention and protection of violence against women, recently named Dorothy Edwards as director.

Edwards has a doctoral degree in counseling psychology and has worked on college campuses for the past 10 years.

“There is a clear and strong will from all levels of the University of Kentucky to address violence against women head on,” Edwards said. “I want to work toward creating a culture that is safe and empowering for all women.”

The center was opened to provide a central point on campus for coordinating victim services, to train faculty in how to offer support, and to give women a safe place for information and resources about violence.

In addition to expanding intervention efforts Edwards said that the UK Women’s Place will focus much of its time in the development and implementation of prevention programming throughout campus.

The Women’s Place has already partnered with Residence Life, Counseling and Testing, University Health Services, several dean’s offices, faculty, and other campus organizations to begin educating students about violence against women.

Edwards said students have already expressed an interest in the center.

“We are benefiting from the guidance and determination of students, who are insisting upon safety for all members of the campus community. Women’s Place embodies the commitment UK is making to provide a foundation of safety upon which women can build excellence in all other areas of their lives,” Edwards said.

In the future, the Women’s Place hopes to serve a broader function, providing a safe space for women to meet and address a wide array of issues.

For more information on Women’s Place, call (859) 257-3564.


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