About Penn Violence Prevention
Penn Violence Prevention (PVP) engages the Penn community in the prevention of sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking on campus. We foster collaborative relationships across campus to ensure a survivor-centered, multi-faceted approach to support services and primary prevention. Through collective community action, we are committed to ending interpersonal violence by addressing gender inequity, social injustice, and oppression through outreach and education.
PVP is a collaborative program that grew out of the Penn Women's Center. It is now managed by the Director of Sexual Violence Prevention and Education, housed in the Division of the Vice Provost of University Life. PVP works closely with a team of colleagues across campus to provide education and outreach. The staff also serve as confidential resources for students affected by sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking.
Key campus partners include:
Special Services, Division of Public Safety
Penn Women's Center
Student Intervention Services
Student Health Services
Office of Alcohol & Other Drug Initiatives
Cultural Resource Centers
Office of Student Affairs Fraternity & Sorority Life
Jessica Mertz, Director
Jessica A. Mertz is the Director of Sexual Violence Prevention at the University of Pennsylvania where she helps coordinate the university's efforts to educate students about sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking. She oversees Penn Violence Prevention, a collaborative program that aims to engage the community in the prevention of interpersonal violence and to ensure students have access to safe and effective resources. Jess began at Penn in 2009 as the Violence Prevention Educator and then worked as the Associate Director at the Penn Women's Center, before taking on this newly created position in 2014. Previously, she has worked as a community organizer and a empowerment counselor. She earned a B.A. in English at St. Joseph's University and master's in women's and gender studies at Rutgers.
Malik Washington, Associate Director
Malik Washington is Associate Director of Sexual Violence Prevention and Education. Malik is notable for his work with young men on masculinity, gender-based violence, trauma, and emotional literacy. He has trained and presented across the U.S. and internationally on topics related to youth and social justice. Prior to joining Penn in 2016, Malik was based in Washington, D.C. and worked with numerous local organizations dedicated to community outreach and violence prevention; including as executive director of The William Kellibrew Foundation, and training with Break The Cycle and the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Malik graduated from Howard University with concentrations in communications, Africana studies, and political science.
Katie Chockley, Program Coordinator
Katie Chockley is the Program Coordinator of the Office of Sexual Violence Prevention and Education. She advises the peer education group PAVE and manages the website and departmental social media. Previously, she performed health policy and bioethics research at Penn as Dr. Zeke Emanuel's research assistant in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy. Katie graduated cum laude from Yale with degrees in American Studies and Economics and, as an undergraudate, was a Peer Liaison with the Office of LGBTQ Resources and involved in campus anti-violence activism. Outside of work, she enjoys playing rugby and spending time with her cats, Charlie and Lafayette.
Ginger Isenberg, Graduate Assistant
Ginger Isenberg is the Graduate Intern at the Office of Sexual Violence Prevention and Education. She is currently an Advanced Standing Masters of Social Work student at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy and Practice. She graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelors in Social Work and a minor in Sociology. Before working with PVP, Ginger has worked with the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN), Break the Cycle, and various organizations local to Grand Rapids, MI. When she is not at work or school, Ginger enjoys reading and spending time with her dog, JoJo.