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Prevention, Education and Training

 

Key Staff Contacts

Megan CoharaMegan Cohara
Wellness Educator & Prevention Program Coordinator

Megan works in collaboration with the Title IX team and the Health and Counseling Center to provide wellness programs and prevention education initiatives related to interpersonal violence, bystander intervention, mental health and alcohol & substances. Megan’s goal to help promote overall well-being and success in our community by working to create a healthy and safe environment for our students and staff here on the Bluff. 

To get involved or request more information, please contact Megan Cohara at (503) 943-7134 or coharam@up.edu

 

Matt RyggDr. Matthew Rygg
Title IX Coordinator for Education & Associate Vice President for Student Development

Matt’s role on the Title IX team is to coordinate the education and outreach efforts for students, staff, faculty, and administration on campus. As the Associate Vice President for Student Development, Matt supervises the Office of Residence Life and the Health and Counseling Center which are two key areas in educating and supporting students about interpersonal violence.  As a leader working with the departments in student affairs, Matt  will encourage collaboration and innovation with other departments and student organizations as it relates to gender-based harassment, misconduct, and violence.

Contact Matt about education and outreach at (503) 943-8532 or ryggm@up.edu. 

 

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Find Events and Training Opportunities

Log into Engage and search the category "Pilots Care" to find upcoming events and trainings around sexual assault prevention, bystander intervention and many other related topics. Send suggestions for topics that are not represented but that you feel are important to include to Megan Cohara at coharam@up.edu.
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Student Peer Wellness Ambassador Program

Make a difference in your community and join the Ambassador Program!

Peer Wellness Ambassadors help foster a healthy environment within the residence halls by connecting their peers with mental and physical health and wellness resources that allow each member of our community to thrive and sustain the challenges, rigors, and stress of pursuing an academic degree while living in intentional community in a university residence hall. To find out more about this volunteer position click here.

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Peer Health Educators

Peer Health Educators are student employees who work with the Health and Counseling Center in outreach, advertising and programming. Contact Megan Cohara to find out more at coharam@up.edu.

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Title IX Advisory Committee

Contact members of the Title IX Advisory Committee to share any feedback or suggestions related to Title IX at the University of Portland.

Committee Members: Title IX Team: Sandy Chung, Matthew Rygg, Meg Farra, Patrick Plaza, Bill Jenkins; Athletics: Karen Peters, Student Affairs: Fr. John Donato, C.S.C., Fr. James Gallagher, C.S.C., Carol Dell'Oliver, Gina Loschiavo, Megan Cohara, Kat North; Academics: Elise Moentmann;SASA: Shelby Gavigan, Emma Covert; ASUP: Michael Gallagher.

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Green Dot

Green Dot is an anti-violence initiative aimed at preventing the travesty of power-based personal violence. In a world where domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, bullying, and other forms of violence are represented by red dots spreading across a map like an epidemic, a green dot represents that same moment in time, but rather than an act of violence, it represents an action someone takes to prevent the violence from occurring . Whether through direct involvement, delegating the situation to someone else, or distracting the occurrence, if we all do our part, we can reduce the number of people who are getting hurt. 

To get involved, nominate a social leader, or request a presentation/training, please email Megan Cohara coharam@up.edu

Find out more here

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Students Against Sexual Assault (SASA)

The Students Against Sexual Assault (SASA) Organization aims to eliminate the culture of sexual violence within our campus community, by educating the campus about the issue of sexual assault; specifically regarding topics of consent, as well as through creating dialogue and proactive events. SASA hope to end many of the stigmas surrounding sexual assault; such as victim blaming, fear of reporting, and labeling of survivors. 

Contact SASA via email at sasa@up.eduFacebook or Instagram.

Affiliation: The University of Portland is part of the larger It’s On Us campaign that is a national movement to end sexual assault on college campuses.