Title IX Advisory Group Members

Below you will find a bios for the Advisory Group Members for the 2017-2018 Academic Year. Not all members are confidential resources, and those who are will be indicated by an asterisk.

Ben Christiason

Ben Christiason

Co-coordinator of GLOW
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Ben is a co-coordinator of the student organization Gay, Lesbian, Or Whatever (GLOW), which advocates for social and political equality for people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and a multitude of other identities, and seeks to provide an affirming and welcoming environment for LGBTQ+ students at St. Olaf.

Katherine Fick

Katherine Fick*

Associate College Pastor
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P(507) 786-3287

Katie is associate college pastor and has received training in pastoral care and counseling, as well as training related to being a confidential resource on campus. As part of the College Ministry Office, she meets with students on a variety of issues and has provided care for students going through Title IX processes at St. Olaf.

Adeline Hakes

Adeline Hakes*

SARN Co-chair
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Adeline Hakes serves as co-chair of St. Olaf’s Sexual Assault Resource Network (SARN). She is a Minnesota state certified victim advocate through the training offered by the HOPE Center in Faribault. SARN advocates are one of the confidential sources on campus whose mission it is to provide support and resources to members of the St. Olaf community affected by sexual assault and domestic violence.

Juaza Khaleel

Jauza Khaleel

Student Government Association (SGA) President
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Jauza Khaleel serves as the President of the Student Government Association. As a former Peer Educator at the Wellness Center, Jauza has worked on programing on sexual respect and healthy relationships, and on facilitating mandatory training required for first-year students in bystander intervention.

Jon Mergens

Jon Mergens

Assistant Director of Student Activities for Wellness
Contact
P(507) 786-2966

Jon is the Assistant Director of Student Activities for Wellness at St. Olaf. In his role, he supervises the peer educators on campus and serves on the Title IX team and prevention and education sub-committee. Through his supervision of the peer educators, Jon provides guidance on presentations related to violence prevention efforts and the bystander training students receive during Week One. In 2015, Jon completed the 40-hour advocate training and served as an advocate for a community rape and abuse crisis center for two years. Additionally, he participated in a gender based violence course in graduate school where he explored the relationship between masculine socialization and violence on college campuses. As a member of the LGBTQIA community, Jon also utilizes his own experiences to bring a voice for the queer community to violence prevention work at St. Olaf.

Joanne Quimby

Joanne Quimby

Assistant Professor of Asian Studies
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P(507) 786-3717

Joanne serves as the Student Life Committee faculty representative to the Title IX Advisory Group. A professor of Japanese language and literature in the Asian Studies Department, Joanne is also affiliated with the Women and Gender Studies Program. She has completed and led training workshops in bystander intervention and LGBT+ educator and ally training.

Rachael Sushner

Rachael Sushner

Head Women’s Soccer Coach and Senior Woman Administrator
Contact
P(507) 786-3260

Rachael is the head women’s soccer coach and senior woman administrator (SWA) at St. Olaf. TheSWA is the highest-ranking female in each NCAA athletic department or member conference. The designation of SWA is intended to encourage and promote the involvement of female administrators in meaningful ways in the decision-making process in intercollegiate athletics. The designation is intended to enhance representation of female experience and perspective at the institutional, conference, and national levels, and support women’s interests.