Confidential employees do not share information without permission from the student, faculty, or staff member seeking services from the Campus Violence Response Center and are not required to make a report to the Title IX office, Dean of Students or UNCG Police Department. Confidential employees are only required to share information in certain circumstances including if a someone is a high risk for suicide or violence towards others or if there is information of child and/or elder abuse.
Latisha Gadsden (she, her, hers), Victim Advocate
I am the new Victim Advocate and I am very passionate about providing advocacy and support for survivors. Originally from New York City, I moved to North Carolina after graduating high school to attend Bennett College for Women. While there, I served as an intern for Family Service of the Piedmont. I graduated with a Bachelor’s in Social Work and spent the next 9 years as the Court Advocate for Family Service of the Piedmont. As the Victim Advocate at UNCG, I provide direct services such as crisis intervention, court advocacy and information, and referrals for services on-campus and in the community.
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along,’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Favorite Self Care Activities: Cooking and listening to music.
Kate Rawson (she, her, hers), LGBTQ+ Advocacy & Training Coordinator
I am a new Student Affairs practitioner and educator who is passionate about creating inclusive, affirming, and equitable environments for LGBTQ+ students. I also care deeply about sexual violence prevention and advocacy, and hope to empower survivors of violence whose voices are often silenced. In my role, I provide crisis response and advocacy to LGBTQ+ survivors as well as facilitate educational training to campus partners on topics of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, gender-based harassment, and other forms of campus violence.
“Just letting someone speak their truth can sometimes be the biggest gift you can give them, to just hold the space for them.” ~Amanda Palmer
Favorite Self Care Activities: Coloring and going on walks in nature.
Florencia “Flo” Laureckis (she,her,hers), Victim Assistance and Outreach Coordinator
I am originally from Argentina and moved to the U.S. in 2003. I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Education in Argentina and after 15 years of working with people in different capacities, I decided to go back to school to obtain my Master of Arts degree in Human Services. In 2015, I became an advocate for survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault through my position as an adult victim advocate for Family Service of the Piedmont. I have always been passionate about empowering people and witnessing them regain their voice. I am excited to be a part of the team at UNCG as a Victim Assistance and Outreach Coordinator. In this role, I provide services such as crisis counseling, safety planning, advocacy and accompaniment, training, outreach, and services referral.
“How wonderful it is that nobody needs wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Anne Frank
Favorite Self Care Activities: I love animals, trains, volunteering, and spending time with family and friends.
Tora Taylor-Glover (she, her, hers), Counselor
I have been working as a clinician for several years in a variety of settings providing client-centered services. As a counselor, I provide trauma-informed clinical services to persons that have experienced violence, assist in educating through outreach and advocacy. Collaborating with clients on their journeys of self-discovery and their healing process continues to drive my motivation and passion in this field.
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
Self-Care: Listening and singing loudly to music, watching sports, and spending time with my village.
Lauren Rivenbark (she, her, hers), Supervisor of Clinical Services
I am a counselor who cares deeply about providing the most supportive response possible, and a person who believes in empowering people to find and use their voice to assist them in regaining a sense of strength. I strive to encourage victims/survivors to find growth and healing in their own way and in their own time. I provide trauma-informed counseling services for those who may have experienced any form of violence, and I assist in outreach efforts to educate our campus community about common responses to trauma, identifying and addressing secondary traumatic stress, and advocating for trauma-informed care. At my core I am an advocate and ally, and I am here to support you.
“You can choose courage or you can choose comfort. You cannot have both.” – Brene Brown
Favorite Self-Care Activities: Music. Live music. Loud music. Any music.
Kacie Thomas (she, her, hers), Counselor Trainee
I am the new Counselor Trainee for the CVRC. I provide trauma-informed counseling and support to clients who have experienced trauma as a result of violence. Some of my passions include listening intently, helping individuals heal, and honoring the uniqueness of each persons’ story. I am currently enrolled in the CED program at UNCG and plan to graduate with a Master’s in clinical and mental health counseling in May of 2020.
“When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else.” – Toni Morrison
Favorite Self-Care Activities: Eating, spending time with people that make me feel complete, and honoring my faith.
Katie Vance (she, her, hers), Associate Director
I have been working to prevent interpersonal violence and support survivors for over 13 years. It is my goal to provide a safe space at UNCG for students, faculty, and staff survivors to begin their healing journey. In my role, I offer empowerment focused crisis response and advocacy to all victims and survivors and their loved ones as well as provide guidance for advocacy and outreach staff. I also facilitate trainings on intimate partner violence, sexual assault, harassment, stalking, and secondary traumatic stress/vicarious trauma.
“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow” – Mary Anne Radmacher
Favorite Self Care Activities: Hiking, photography, spending time with my family, and making sure everyone else is practicing self-care.
The Campus Violence Response Center has two non-confidential staff members that are affiliated with the center . However, the privacy of students, faculty, and staff seeking services from the center is a priority for both the CVRC and UNCG. Client information is never shared with non-confidential staff members. Non-confidential staff members do not share office space with the confidential staff in the center. The role of non-confidential staff members in the CVRC is to assist with the needs of victims and survivors as well as the growth and development of the CVRC.
Murphie Chappell (she, her, hers), Title IX Coordinator and Director of the CVRC
I am the Title IX Coordinator for the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I am responsible for ensuring compliance with Title IX through University policies and procedures, coordinating the investigation and response of all complaints of gender equity and sex discrimination, and developing University training and education around prohibited conduct under Title IX. Prior to joining UNCG, I was employed as the Staff Attorney at the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCCASA). I was responsible for NCCASA’s legal program, representing victims of sexual assault in a breadth of legal areas including education, immigration, privacy, and safety, and providing training and technical assistance to all members.
Favorite Self Care Activities: Football, crossfit.
Laura Janke (she, her, hers), Title IX Investigator
As Title IX Investigator, I am responsible for conducting formal investigations regarding allegations of sexual and gender-based harassment involving students, faculty, and staff in accordance with UNCG’s policies and procedures. I have always been passionate about people and advocacy. I worked as a Victim/Witness/Legal Assistant for the Forsyth County District Attorney’s Office for 3 years before attending Elon University School of Law in August 2014. After graduation in May 2017, I knew I wanted to find a way back to serving the needs of a community of people I loved. It is my goal to uphold the policies and procedures outlined by UNCG while providing care and a helping hand to individuals at their most vulnerable moments, as well as, facilitate just conclusions and positive experiences for all parties involved.
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” – Winston Churchill
Favorite Self Care Activities: CrossFit, playing tennis, and spending quality time with loved ones.
Student Staff and Volunteers
Bree White (she, her, hers), Outreach Assistant
Hi! My name is Bree White and I am a junior, Social Work major with a minor in Sociology and Community and Therapeutic Recreation. I am a native of Charlotte, NC and love to travel and do various volunteer work. In my free time I love to crochet and do other forms of therapeutic arts. My dream is to one day open community centers in under-served neighborhoods.
“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
Favorite Self Care Activities: Crochet and therapeutic arts.
Arie Starks (she, her, hers), Outreach Assistant
Hey, my name is Arie Starks and I am a sophomore Marketing major, originally from Charlotte, NC. In my free time, you will find me spending time with my friends and family or watching movies. My goal is to become a marketing executive in an industry that will allow me to help others within the communities that have helped me so much.
“If you get, give. If you learn, teach” – Maya Angelou
Favorite Self Care Activities: Applying face masks, spending time with friends and family, listening to music
This project was supported by Grant No. PROJ013008 awarded by the N.C. Governor’s Crime Commission, N.C. Department of Public Safety, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime, U.S. Department of Justice. Points of view or opinions in this document (website) are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the entities identified above.