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!

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, and sleep

NOTE: If you would like to submit a program request for a Peer Health Education program, please email hpac@american.edu. Also: If none of these times work for you, or if you only need to meet for 30 minutes, please email Mickey (irizarry@american.edu) to let her know when you are available.

Val Tovar

Sexual Assault Prevention Coordinator; OASIS Advocate
(she, her, hers)

Make an appointment with Val if you are looking for…
•Sexual assault prevention programming
•Confidential victim advocacy–for survivors or friends
•Questions about Title IX or Criminal Justice reporting
•Title IX accompaniment
•Referrals to specialized resources

NOTE: If none of these times work for you, please email Val directly at
tovar@american.edu to let her know when you are available.

Yoo-Jin Kang

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

Make an appointment with Yoo-Jin if you are…
• 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
• Self-care resources or bringing a self-care training or workshop to your team, student org, etc.

NOTE: If none of these times work for you, or if you only need to meet for 30 minutes, please email Yoo-Jin directly (ykang@american.edu) to let her know when you are available.