Health Promotion and Advocacy Center

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 none of these times work for you, or if you only need to meet for 30 minutes, please email the appropriate staff member directly to let them know when you are available.

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

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

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

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, OASIS Advocate
(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
  • Confidential victim advocacy (for survivors or friends)

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 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 or residence hall
  • Interested in self-care resources or bringing a self-care training or workshop to your team, student org, etc