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The Respect Program consists of three 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, and the Greek Initiative. To learn more about becoming a part of the Respect Program go to Get Involved or Contact Us.

Wanda Swan, MA | Director for the Respect Program

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Wanda Swan hails from the “Hospitality State” of Mississippi and comes to Emory after working at both Vanderbilt and Mississippi State universities within the scope of violence prevention, advocacy, and bystander intervention education. Wanda finds herself right at home within a program dedicated to the personal safety of others and has been embedded within the violence prevention movement in higher education for over eight years. She takes particular interest in grantwriting, policy review, and has experience developing free-standing centers dedicated to campus violence prevention. Wanda is excited to now call Atlanta home and be a member of the Emory University community!

Voicemail: 404-727-7388  /  Email: wanda.swan@emory.edu 

Michele Passonno, MS, Ed., Assistant Director for the Respect Program

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Michele is excited to join the Respect Program and Emory community! Her most recent position was Coordinator of the Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Program at the University of Georgia. Michele's previous work experience includes campus advocate/educator for a Department of Justice grant and serving as legal advocate within the Albany, New York community. She is looking forward to working with students and faculty/staff to promote safety and respect for all. 

Phone:  404-712-1447               Fax: 404-712-1519                 Email: michele.passonno@emory.edu

Jamechya Duncan, MA, Respect Educator/Survivor Resource Specialist

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Jamechya serves as the Respect Educator/ Survivor Resource Specialist within the Respect Program under the Office of Health Promotion.  She attended North Carolina Central University where she received by B.A. in Psychology with a Minor in Mass Communication and Liberty University where she received my M.A. in Human Services Counseling.  Prior to beginning her career at Emory University, she served as the Project Coordinator for the RISE Office on Violence against Women (OVW) Grant at Shaw University. Jamechya is excited to be a member of the Emory University community and call Atlanta home.

Phone: 404-727-6842               Email: jamechya.duncan@emory.edu 

Danielle 'Dani' Smith, '17 MPH | R.E.A.L. Graduate Assistant to the Respect Program

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Email: danielle.kinsey.smith@emory.edu