Health Promotion and Advocacy Center

NOTICE:
All HPAC Meetings will be shifting to Microsoft Teams, virtual conferencing platform. Please expect a separate email with the audio, video, or chat conferencing link. If you do not receive one, please email the staff member you will be meeting with.

The Health Promotion and Advocacy Center staff is comprised of professional staff with expertise in a variety of topics. From sexual health, to stress management, healthy relationships, and physical health, we are passionate about applying our holistic approach to well-being to programming for students and the entire campus community.

Note: Please read through each staff member’s descriptions to find the most appropriate person for your needs! If you’d like to request an appointment that is under 1 hour- please email the staff member directly to schedule!

Michelle Dagne

Coordinator for Victim Advocacy Services, Primary OASIS Advocate
(she, her, hers)

Make an appointment with Michelle if you are looking for…
- Confidential victim advocacy (for survivors or friends)
- Questions about Title IX, criminal justice reporting, or protection/protective orders
- Title IX accompaniment
- Referrals to community and specialized resources
-Self-care appointments

If none of these times work for you, or if you only need to meet for 30 minutes, please email Michelle at dagne@american.edu

Val Tovar

Sexual Assault Prevention Coordinator
(she, her, hers)

Make an appointment with Val if you are looking for…
- Sexual assault awareness and prevention programming or collaboration
- Dating violence awareness and prevention programming or collaboration
- Info about our signature programs Empower AU or Step Up
-Self-care appointments
- Secondary victim advocate (for survivors or friends)

If none of these times work for you, or if you only need to meet for 30 minutes, please email Val at tovar@american.edu

Yoo-Jin Kang

Coordinator for Alcohol and Other Drugs Initiatives
(she, her, hers)

Make an appointment with Yoo-Jin if you areā€¦
- Seeking information and/or resources about drug or alcohol use for you or a friend
- Scheduling a post-transport meeting
- Interested in learning about recovery resources or starting a recovery group on campus
- Interested in bringing a program about alcohol or drugs to your classroom, student org, or residence hall
- Interested in self-care resources or bringing a self-care training or workshop to your team, student org, etc
-Self-care appointment

If none of these times work for you, or if you only need to meet for 30 minutes, please email Yoo-Jin at ykang@american.edu

Pritma ("Mickey") Irizarry

Director of the Health Promotion and Advocacy Center
(she, her, hers)

Make an appointment with Mickey if you are looking for…
- General information about HPAC and our services
- Media Inquiries
- Collaboration with HPAC or Peer Health Educators
- 1-on-1 consultations for sexual health, reproductive health, contraceptive options, or sleep health

If none of these times work for you, or if you only need to meet for 30 minutes, please email Mickey at irizarry@american.edu

NOTE: If you would like to submit a program request for a Peer Health Education program, please email hpac@american.edu.