|Nicole Kelly Wong||Director of SAVP||845-437-7863|
|Erin Michelle Boss||Sexual Assault and Violence Prevention Program Coordinator||845-437-7975|
Nicole Wong '15
Nicole Wong (she/her) is the Support, Advocacy, & Violence Prevention Office Director at Vassar College. Nicole earned her Masters degree in Social Work at Columbia University in Advanced Clinical Practice with a focus on Health, Mental Health, and Disabilities. She earned her B.A. in Sociology and English from Vassar College. As the SAVP Director, Nicole provides survivor-centered support and advocacy to individuals impacted by sexual and interpersonal violence, coordinates on-campus violence prevention trainings and workshops, and works closely with the SAVP student interns on events and programming throughout the year. Previously, Nicole was the Violence Prevention Educator at Vassar where she developed and implemented sexual violence prevention events and programming for students and employees in the Vassar College community. She also worked in the anti-violence field at the Center for Victim Safety and Support (CVSS) in Poughkeepsie, NY where she held the positions of High Risk Case Manager and Coordinator of Advocacy. At CVSS, Nicole provided counseling, advocacy, and safety planning services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, supervised direct service staff, as well as coordinated daily program activities. Nicole is a private resource on campus.
Erin Boss '16
Erin Boss (she/her) earned her B.A. in Women's Studies from Vassar College and could not be happier to return to campus as SAVP's Program Coordinator. Erin's passion for antiviolence work began when she was a student, as she became involved in student orgs and in community-based services for survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault. Erin has worked in the Hudson Valley community for Family Services in their Center for Victim Safety and Support as an advocate, and also as the Dutchess County Sexual Assault Response Team Coordinator. Erin participates on the board for the Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse, and volunteers for the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center. In her free time, she enjoys half-caff coffee, riding her bike, and cuddling with her cat, Tonks.
2019-2020 Student Interns
Brynn Gauthier '21
Brynn’s fervor for anti-violence work started with a history project on the Violence Against Women Act her freshman year of high school. She is a part of SAVP because she believes in empowering her community with assertiveness and understanding to create a culture where survivors are supported. Brynn is a drama major who is basically interested in everything. She loves to pick apples, her favorite being honey crisps.
Scarlett Thompson '20
Scarlett Thompson (she/her) is a senior Drama major/English correlate and is very excited to return to the SAVP office for a third year! Scarlett's work with SAVP began during her sophomore year and her passion has grown since then; she plans to pursue a career in violence prevention and response work on a professional, state-wide level. Her focus in violence prevention work stems from an intersectional and power-conscious approach, and she has been working the past three years on expanding the reach of the SAVP office at Vassar. She hopes to continue making it a space where students feel comfortable interrogating the roots of violence and unhealthy power dynamics that appear on campus. Scarlett is in Woodshed Theatre Ensemble and is currently working on a drama thesis--she also has a deep-seated love for Strong House and the state of Minnesota.
Juo-Hsi (Sylvia) Peng '20
Juo-Hsi (Sylvia) is a International Studies major with concentrations in Political Science and Economics. After interning at Garden of Hope, a non-profit organization that helps victims of gendered violence, she was inspired to get involved with SAVP and continue her work in this field. Through SAVP, she is currently doing at internship at Family Services in Poughkeepsie. Sylvia is a co-President of Vassar Debate Society, Treasurer of Raymond house, and an avid baker. She takes pride in her ability to fall asleep, as long as she has something to lean on.
Ellie Kennedy Wood '21
Ellie is a Psychology major with a double correlate in Sociology and Sustainability from Chicago. She is a member of the swim team and is the publicity coordinator for the ceramics club. She also sits on the Title IX Student Advisory Committee. Ellie believes it is crucial to teach people how to advocate for themselves and for others, especially around important, but often overlooked, issues like sexual violence. In her free time, she enjoys watching Tasty videos, and you can easily make her day by showing her pictures of dogs wearing sunglasses.
Mackenzie Nielsen '20
Mackenzie is a Sociology major with a correlate in Hispanic Studies. Her passion for preventing and standing up against sexual violence and assault stems greatly from a personal history of growing up in an abusive household. Events in her life have urged her to pursue a career in the Legal Field and/or Social Work arena, most likely as a Victim Advocate for the court system. Interpersonal violence exists almost everywhere and can have lasting traumatic effects, so Mackenzie desires to do all that she can to help prevent it from happening, especially on campus. In addition to fervor for all things SAVP, Mackenzie is the TA Programming Director and is an avid boxer, crafter, reader, and eater. Fun fact: whenever Mackenzie tells someone that she lives in Kansas they all have the same exact response: "You're not in Kansas anymore!"
Jordan Moss '20
Jordan is an International Studies major with focuses in Political Science and Anthropology, and a strong interest in international transitional justice and women’s rights. She has played integral roles in both the Mentors in Violence Prevention training for student athletes and the first year Active Bystander Orientation. Her commitment to SAVP is rooted in a strong passion to create an intersectional awareness about issues regarding sexual and domestic violence. In her free time she likes to take naps in her hammock around campus and eat banana bread.
Sara Ehnstrom '22
Sara is a prospective Neuroscience and Behavior major from Kaneohe, Hawaii. She hopes to educate the student body on what specific actions are not appropriate, to make sure that there are no blurred lines, through events that get every type of student involved. Sara plans to continue her education after Vassar by attending medical school to become a family practitioner where she will use the skills she learned through SAVP to correctly identify and address sexual violence. Sara is a member of the volleyball team and Vassar EMS. During her free time she loves to read and watch movies!
Dea Oviedo '20
Dea is a senior from Monterrey, Mexico. She is majoring in Science, Technology and Society and is interested in pursuing a career in public health. Dea developed an interest in violence prevention after working on a research project that identified machismo as a public health issue in Mexico. As an incoming peer educator in the SAVP office, Dea is passionate about helping others learn about healthy relationship dynamics and spreading awareness about interpersonal violence. She hopes her work can help prevent gender-based violence and discrimination. In her free time, Dea likes to play with her dog Frida, eat strawberries, and go to the gym.
Eliz Gibbs '20
Eliz (she/they) is a Science, Technology, and Society major with a correlate in Sociology. As a survivor of sexual assault, it became important for her to become involved in educating herself and others about violence prevention, particularly the prevention of interpersonal violence. She has worked at Family Services Center for Victim for Safety and Support first as an intern, and then as a Victim Advocate this past summer, which has given her invaluable experience working firsthand with victim/survivors of domestic violence, assault, and other crimes. She chose to work as an intern for the SAVP office to create awareness about interpersonal violence, specifically queer interpersonal violence, as she feels that most education surrounding IPV is heteronormatively based. In her free time, she likes to collage, sit with her cat, Giles, and drink iced coffee from Dunkins.
Cristina Lopez ’20
Cristina is an international studies major with concentrations in political science and economics. She is minoring in sociology which led her to her interest in working with SAVP. She has been involved with the One Love Foundation since high school and wants to be able to make an impact on the Vassar community as well. Cristina is a member of the field hockey team and enjoys spending time outside.