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Jennifer O'Connell

Program Coordinator, Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services (SRVSS)

Serving as the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator is not only an honor for Jennie but also a passion.  In her role, Jennie provides prevention and awareness to the university community around sexual violence.  She also is there to support anyone within the University who is impacted by sexual violence. Jennie provides assistance in connecting with resources not only on campus but in the community that empower survivors and those who care about them to overcome the trauma of sexual violence.

Jennie has 15 years of experience with program development, public speaking and crisis intervention working with youth, young adults, professionals and individuals as well as four years of community organizing. She holds a certification as a Prevention Specialist as well as a trainer of the Green Dot Bystander Program.

Originally from Stow, Ohio, Jennie spent 12 years in New England working with college students and the community.  As a coalition coordinator for an alcohol and drug prevention in a city of 30,000 and as the Coordinator of Education and Outreach with A Safe Place, a domestic abuse support services organization, Jennie was instrumental in educating the community and youth about substance abuse, domestic abuse and teen dating violence. Prior to working the community, Jennie worked in the university setting serving as a Residence Hall Director at the University of New Hampshire and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She took the time to get to know her residents and to assist them in being successful in college.

In 2012, Jennie returned home to blend her passion of creating a violence free community with her desire to work with college students to take on the newly created Sexual Assault Response Coordinator at Kent State University. Jennie received her bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University School of Education and her masters from Indiana State University School of Education.

Her experiences have taken her to the college community and the general public and back to the college community, but it is Jennie's aspiration to make a difference and her belief in the goodness of people that drives her each day.

Jennifer O'Connell
OFFICE
Women's Center
Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Women's Center
CONTACT INFO
Phone: 330-672-9230
Fax: 330-672-9232
joconne5@kent.edu