Staff

In its first year, the McCluskey Center for Violence Prevention will be staffed by a part-time Director who is also a faculty member, and several graduate and undergraduate scholars. 

CENTER DIRECTOR

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Chris Linder

Chris Linder

Chris Linder, associate professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy and Special Assistant to the President for Violence Prevention and Education, will serve as the Center's inaugural director. Linder’s research interests focus on relationship and sexual violence on college campuses and student activism. Prior to becoming faculty, Linder worked as a campus victim advocate for 10 years. Linder’s 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.

GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

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MJ Chevesich

MJ Chevesich

MJ Chevesich is a graduate student in the Division of Public Health at the University of Utah. Her work has mainly focused on reproductive justice and disparities in health care. MJ has completed several internships centered around reproductive justice with Planned Parenthood and Physicians for Reproductive Health in New York City. MJ currently lives in Salt Lake City with her partner and two dogs and enjoys making needle felting in her spare time.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT STAFF

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Tayler Bseiso

Tayler Bseiso

Tayler Bseiso is majoring in genetics and believes that true education and healing only happen in a safe space. For that reason, they try to push themselves to better their language and widen their perspective. One of the ways that Tayler does this is by volunteering as a peer health educator at the Center for Student Wellness. Through training as well as their interactions with their peers, they have grown so much and hope to pass on what they’ve learned any way that they can. When Tayler does get free time, they like going out and collecting river and lake samples; they find it so cool to see how the samples change and grow over time.

MaryJo Dalton

MaryJo Dalton

MaryJo Dalton is an undergraduate student in the College of Social Work. She is also working on a minor in philosophy and a Substance Use Disorder Counseling Certificate. She loves to learn and spends time reading, going to lectures and conferences, and taking online courses for free. MaryJo enjoys working with people and being involved in her community. She also enjoys being outside, going to art galleries and spending time with her friends and family.

Blessing Heelis

Blessing Heelis

Blessing Heelis is an undergraduate student majoring in anthropology with an emphasis in archaeological science. When she’s not studying, Blessing likes to hike in her favorite place — Provo Canyon. She is so excited to be among the inaugural staff of the MCVP and feels honored to be a part of something that will make a great, positive impact on the community.

Caroline Lalliss

Caroline Lalliss

Caroline is a second-year student and is majoring in social work while working toward a certificate in social justice advocacy. She is passionate about stopping sexual violence on campus, supporting victims/survivors of sexual violence and disability rights. Caroline loves spending time with her service dog Henry and collecting plants in her free time.

Allie Moore

Allie Moore

Allie Moore is an undergraduate student studying writing and rhetorical studies with a double major in gender studies. She is passionate about social justice advocacy and learning. In her free time, she loves to snowboard, see waterfalls and go on road trips.