About Penn Violence Prevention
Penn Violence Prevention (PVP) engages the Penn community in the prevention of sexual violence, relationship violence, stalking, and sexual harassment 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 under the leadership of former PVP Director, Jessica Mertz. It is now 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
Malik Washington, Director
Malik Washington is Director of Penn Violence Prevention. 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.
Rae Chaloult, Associate Director
Rae Chaloult (she/her/hers) joined the PVP staff April 1 as Associate Director. Her focus will be on training and curriculum development, advising peer education groups, and building campus partnerships. Rae came to Penn from Michigan State University, where she served as a Prevention Specialist for faculty, staff, and graduate students. She previously worked at the University of California, Berkeley and University of Colorado, Boulder. Rae earned bachelor's degree in Legal Philosophy and Sexual Violence, and a master's degrees in Student Affairs Administration from Michigan State.
Reema Malhotra, Associate Director
Reema Malhotra (she/her/hers) will start May 1 as Associate Director focused on serving and supporting graduate and professional students. Reema will come to Penn from Drexel University, where she serves as Education and Prevention Specialist and Deputy Equal Opportunity/Title IX Coordinator. At Drexel, her work included creating a sexual violence peer education program, chairing the University's Gender Inclusive Committee, and serving as the University's Transition Coordinator. Reema obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a concentration in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the University of Connecticut, and graduated with her Master in Social Work and Certification in Violence Against Women and Children from Rutgers University.
Katie Chockley, Program Coordinator
Katie Chockley is the Program Coordinator of Penn Violence Prevention. She advises the peer education group PAVE and manages the website and departmental social media. She is currently a student in the Master of Public Health program. 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 undergraduate, was a Peer Liaison with the Office of LGBTQ Resources and involved in campus anti-violence activism.
Samuelle Voltaire, Graduate Assistant
Samuelle Voltaire is the graduate assistant for Penn Violence Prevention. Samuelle's work focuses on increasing outreach and programming to graduate and professional students across the 12 graduate schools. A recent MSW graduate from Penn, Samuelle is currently enrolled in the Master of Public Health program. Samuelle has years of experience in public health research and in providing mental health crisis intervention services. Samuelle's professional interests include sexual health education as well as providing trauma informed mental health care for survivors, Black, Indigenous, People of color (BIPOC), and those with intersecting BIPOC LGBTQ+ identities.
Wyatt Perez, Work Study
Wyatt Perez is a sophomore studying Sociology, concentrating in Law and Society and minoring in Mathematics. He has worked on the Men & Masculinities summit and is a new PAVE educator. Outside of the PVP sphere, Wyatt partakes in civic engagement and comedy. He is originally from the Dominican Republic but was raised in the Bronx, NY.
Sarah Hahn-Du Pont, Work Study
Sarah Hahn-Du Pont is a senior majoring in Political Science with double minors in Economic Policy and French. Having worked at PVP since her first year at Penn, Sarah is deeply passionate about effecting high-impact change for at-risk populations -- specifically for low-income children of color. Outside of her work at PVP, she is involved in Women's Club Ultimate Frisbee, the Quaker Notes, and her sorority, Chi Omega. Sarah is incredibly grateful and proud to have had the opportunity to work with such an amazing team at PVP, and is looking forward to the year ahead!
Desteni Rivers, Work Study
Desteni Rivers is a senior majoring in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies and double minoring in Law and Society and Medical Sociology. She is currently the Administrative Chair of Consent Collaborative, an umbrella group consisting of four anti-violence clubs at Penn. Outside of PVP, Desteni is working at the School of Nursing to implement an HIV prevention intervention for women. Desteni hopes to continue work in public health to serve minority populations, in particular Black women and children. In her free time, Desteni enjoys hanging out with friends, cooking new recipes, and exploring Philly!
Anna Hardie, Work Study
Anna Hardie is a junior studying Environmental Science with a minor in Sustainability & Environmental Management. She has been working at PVP since her freshman year, and is incredibly grateful to be a part of the anti-violence community through PVP, PAVE, ASAP, and Consent Collaborative. Outside of this, she is a Student Eco-Rep with Penn Sustainability and on the executive board of Student Sustainability Association at Penn. She also does research with the Galápagos Education and Research Alliance partnership between Penn and naturalist guides on the Galápagos. She is passionate about making Penn's campus a safe and supportive place for everyone and loves being a part of this team to work towards that goal.
Briar Essex, Work Study
Bio to come!