Who We Are

-          Who We Are

The Respect Program consists of two professional staff, graduate and undergraduate student staff, and interns.  Respect also advises student organizations and initiatives with diverse membership including Sexual Assault Peer Advocates, Alliance for Sexual Assault Prevention, Grads Against Violence, Project Unspoken, and the Greek Sexual Assault Prevention Initiative. To learn more about becoming a part of the Respect Program go to Get Involved or Contact Us

Lauren (LB) Bernstein, LMSW, Assistant Director for the Respect Program

picture of Lauren BernsteinContact me about building healthier relationships; creating a violence-free Emory community; and advocacy, crisis intervention, and referral for anyone affected by sexual assault, abuse in a relationship, or stalking.  I hold a BA in MSW from Washington University in St. Louis and am a licensed master social worker in the state of Georgia.  I am also pursuing a graduate certificate in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender health and teacher training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).  My interests include yoga, mindfulness, wellness, peer education, community organization, systems dynamics, the arts, being outside, laughing loudly, and student engagement and leadership.

Voicemail: 404-727-1514 / Email: lauren.bernstein@emory.edu / Twitter: @LBWellExcel

Health Promotion Specialist for the Respect Program – coming soon!


Lisa Sthreshley, BA, '14MPH
Senior Graduate Assistant for the Respect Program

picture of Lisa SthreshleyI am first year student pursuing a Masters of Public Health in the Global Health Department with a concentration in Community Health and Development. Before Emory, I received B.A.s in both Anthropology and French at the College of William & Mary. While in undergrad, I interned and performed research with a medical anthropologist in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo as she evaluated a program aimed at reducing sexual and gender based violence in the region. This was an amazing experience and stoked my already strong interest in the prevention of sexual and gender based violence in all communities. This probably explains why I am now a Grad Assistant to the Respect Program. My leisure interests include dancing, hiking, and reading/absorbing graphic novels.

Alethea Chiappone, BS, 13MPH, 13MSW (University of Georgia)

Graduate Assistant for the Respect Program

picture of Alethea ChiapponeI am a second year student pursuing a Masters in Public Health and Masters in Social Work at the University of Georgia.  In 2011, I completed my Bachelors in Psychology at the University of Georgia, making me a double dawg.  My interest in working with sexual assault originates from my work as a Victim Advocate at the DeKalb County Solicitor General’s Office - Special Victims Unit.  At the Solicitor’s Office, I interviewed victims of intimate partner violence when an arrest was made.  I enjoyed my work there, but am interested in working with sexual assault in a different capacity.  I love to run and when I have free time I enjoy playing the viola, drawing, and painting.  Lastly, my favorite TV shows are/were: 24, Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, and the Office.

Kristen (Kaylee) Tuggle '15 C

picture of Kaylee TuggleI am majoring in Sociology and Creative Writing, act as the Co-Director of Student Relations with Emory Dream Project, am a Peer Health Partner for HLTH100, and am a Staff Writer for the Arts & Living Section of the Emory Wheel. In OHP, I am developing a mini-course called A Public Affair: Relationships 101.  In my free time I enjoy reading, writing, listening to the musical stylings of country artists, and looking up cars for sale (even though I feel I'm in no position to buy one). I spend holidays working with my Waffle House family and enjoy attending concerts with friends. Tweet me at @TugWellExcel.

Neil Vasudeva '16B

picture of Neil VasudevaI’m a rising sophomore, and I plan on transferring to the Goizueta Business School in my junior year. Over the summer, I am working on a survivors’ guide for sexual violence, as well as learning about social justice marketing and advertising health-promotion campaigns. This program perfectly combines my desire to give back to the Emory community, and become a better advocate for assault prevention. Interesting fact about myself: My name means blue in Hindi!

Simone Wilson '14C

image of Simone WilsonI am currently a junior double-majoring in Psychology and Comparative Literature. I am originally from Flint, MI and currently live in Detroit, MI and unfortunately am no stranger to the effects of poverty, low-education, and violence. My unique experiences have allowed me to develop into an open-minded optimist who strives to remedy many of the social injustices minorities face. I am currently the VP of Service for Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity and Secretary for SAPA. My ultimate goal is to run a non-profit for poverty-stricken single mothers that fosters educational attainment in a supportive environment.

Alex Lopez '14C

image of Alex LopezI’m a rising senior double majoring in Sociology and Linguistics from Fayetteville, GA. I plan to work on installing programs and initiatives to raise awareness about the language of rape culture as well as building a program to educate fraternity men. Language is powerful and can greatly impact how a person frames their understanding as well as perceives experiences. Additionally, all individuals, regardless of gender, should be educated about the influences of rape culture and how to avoid and protect themselves and others from assault. I am a feminist who is very passionate about empowerment and, specifically, about making a difference in the blame discourse that surrounds victims of sexual assault. My ultimate goal is to become a human rights lawyer, concentrating in gender law. 

Ruku Machiwalla '15C

image of Ruku MachiwallaI am a rising junior majoring in Sociology and minoring in Global Health. I am a Volunteer Emory student staff member and the current Volunteer Emory administration chair. I have had the opportunity to lead/co-lead weekly service trips and alternative break trips centered around social justice issues such as home security, community building, gender inequality and violence against women, education, health, and poverty. Through these experiences, I have discovered my passion for serving the community and advocating for basic human rights. I work part time at the Neonatal Research Network and aspire to become a neonatologist.

Khatdija Meghjani '12OX '14C
Empowerment Campaign Intern for the Respect Program

image of Khatdija MeghjaniI am currently a junior double majoring in Sociology and International Studies. I was born and raised in Hyderabad, India. My family immigrated to Georgia when I was 8. I was provided with a great deal of opportunities because of this move and I am very grateful for my parents that decided to do so. My ultimate career goal is to become a human rights lawyer on the global stage. I'm a feminist and passionate about ending violence against women.

Raymond Desautels '14C

image of Ray DesautelsI am a rising senior from Massachusetts studying Anthropology and African Studies. At Emory, I‘m a Resident Advisor, Peer Health Partner for HLTH100 and active member of Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity. I currently serve as the Vice President of Training for Sexual Assault Peer Advocates (SAPA), where I coordinate and train students to respond and advocate for sexual assault survivors. In my free time, I love to run, watch the news, and eat brunch.

Malina Jones '14C

image of Malina JonesI am a rising senior at Emory majoring in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. I'm from West Palm Beach, FL where I studied theater at an arts high school. I continue to stay involved in theater and film at Emory, including Emory's 2013 of the Vagina Monologues. I was trained as a SAPA (Sexual Assault Peer Advocates) peer advocate and peer facilitator last Fall, and look forward to interning with the Respect Program and furthering my involvement in this issue.