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The McCluskey Center for Violence Prevention is staffed by a director, associate director of education, an associate director of marketing and communications, a graduate assistant and undergraduate scholars. Click each photo to learn more about members of our team.

Chris Linder Center Director

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Chris Linder Center Director

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Chris Linder, associate professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, is the center's inaugural director. Chris' research interests focus on sexual violence on college campuses and student activism. Prior to becoming faculty, Chris worked for 10 years as a campus victim advocate. Chris' most recent scholarship on relationship and sexual violence includes the book "Sexual Violence on Campus: Power-Conscious Approaches to Awareness, Prevention, and Response," published in 2018. Additionally, she co-edited the book, "Intersections of Identity and Sexual Violence on Campus," published in 2017. In her spare time, Chris enjoys cooking and running in the mountains.

Whitney Hills Associate Director, Education

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Whitney Hills Associate Director, Education

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Whitney is the associate director for education at the center. Whitney is an alumna of The University of Utah and has worked in several student support positions on campus since graduating. In these positions, Whitney was able to make direct connections between her feminist theory coursework, student experience, and access in higher education specifically related to power. Whitney is passionate about ending sexual violence on campus through creative educational approaches. In her free time, Whitney can be found hanging out with her sassy son, reading, drinking coffee, meandering at a local bookstore or seeing a movie at the Broadway.

Brooke Adams Associate Director, Marketing & Communications

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Brooke Adams Associate Director, Marketing & Communications

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Brooke Adams is the center's associate director for marketing and communication. She is a three-time graduate of the U., with bachelor degrees in communication and media studies and ethnic studies, and a master’s degree in human development and social policy. She previously worked as a senior national communications strategist, executive communications manager, public information officer and newspaper reporter and editor. Brooke is a fan of women's soccer and loves to read.

Allie Moore Graduate Assistant

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Allie Moore Graduate Assistant

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Allie Moore is the center’s graduate assistant. Allie became an undergraduate student staff member at the center in August 2020, while she was working on bachelor degrees in writing and rhetorical studies and gender studies. Allie is now pursuing a master’s degree in the public administration program at the University of Utah. In her free time, Allie likes to snowboard and, in summer, hike to waterfalls.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT STAFF


Brenda Payan Medina

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Brenda Payan Medina

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Brenda is an undergraduate studying Materials Science and Engineering. In her free time, she enjoys drawing and hiking.

Jaylee Aston

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Jaylee Aston

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Jaylee is a sophomore majoring in Health, Society and Policy, and minoring in Gender Studies and Sociology. She is passionate about social justice and activism and hopes to make a difference in this world, starting on this campus. In her free time, Jaylee loves to hike, rock climb, make coffee and hang out with friends.

Jilly Mcbane

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Jilly Mcbane

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Jilly identifies as a straight, white woman. She is in her second year at the University of Utah, pursuing a major in psychology. She is a member of Greek Life and enjoys working out and spending time with friends.

Tillie Powell

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Tillie Powell

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Tillie Powell is an undergraduate student studying health and kinesiology with an emphasis in community health education. She is interested in anti-sexual violence work viewed through a social justice and community health lens and plans to eventually study social work at the graduate level. In her free time, Tillie enjoys reading and spending time outside.

Cameron Campbell

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Cameron Campbell

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Cameron Campbell is an undergraduate student in environmental studies with an emphasis on land management and conservation. They are interested in exploring the ways we can build communities of trust that support each other. Their free time it split between working with unhoused folk, gardening and playing board games.

Lauren Rives

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Lauren Rives

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Lauren Rives is an undergraduate student double majoring in psychology and gender studies. Her fields of interest include intersectionality, the impacts of the carceral justice system and gender development. In her free time, she plays video games, reads and spends time with her family.

Sam Judd

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Sam Judd

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Sam is in his fourth year studying philosophy and music. He is compelled by the intersections of violence with power and epistemology, and he hopes to continue taking on violence issues through graduate school and a career in social work. Sam likes being outdoors, cooking, reading and playing music.

Yulisa Padilla

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Yulisa Padilla

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Yulisa is a senior majoring in sociology with a minor in business and in health. She hopes to get more involved with research on different social issues to find ways to prevent the many problems in our society. During her free time, Yulisa enjoys traveling, spending time outdoors and listening to music.