HAVEN Ambassadors are Colgate students will have an opportunity to serve as connectors between survivors and support services. 

What do the Ambassadors do? 

During their time at Colgate, Ambassadors are part of a close knit team of justice and love oriented students with the common goals of: seeking to end sexual violence, and using their individual skills and talents to do so. Ambassadors also serve as strong resources to students, with the goal of connecting them to on and off campus resources.

mission of haven ambassadors

Ambassadors receive training through a five week PE Course entitled "Sexual Assault & Action" that equips them with the skills to understand the root causes of sexual violence, to respond to a peer in crisis, and learn the difference between support and counseling. Ambassadors are also given the opportunity to become Certified Peer Educators through NASPA at no cost to them. 

Ambassadors are not peer counselors. Rather, they are students volunteering to help students in crisis and in need of community. They are intimately connected with Haven, the Counseling Center, and other resources designed to support students who have survived trauma. 

Who are my Ambassadors?

Pronouns: She/Her

Major: Peace & Conflict Studies

Email: agetz@colgate.edu  

A Message from Annie: I am very excited to be a Haven Ambassador and work with others to create and nurture spaces of safety and activism on campus!

Pronouns: She/Her

Major: Biochemistry

Email: bnugent@colgate.edu

A Message from Bri: I’m incredibly excited and honored to be a part of the Haven’s Ambassador program. As an ambassador, I hope to work alongside my peers, as well as Haven’s staff, in order to provide support to survivors and to spread awareness of the prevalence of sexual assault, not only in our community, but globally. I am thrilled to have an opportunity to share my passion for supporting survivors and spreading awareness. I hope that this program will empower survivors and emphasize that they are not alone. After Colgate, I intend to combine my passion for survivor support with my love for biochemistry by becoming a sexual assault nurse examiner.

Pronouns: She/Her

Major: Psychology

Email: epitkowsky@colgate.edu 

A Message from Ellie: I'm excited to be working with Haven because I'm very passionate about working with and helping others. I want to create change on Colgate's campus using my skills and passions, and continue to learn more about sexual violence in our community and beyond

Pronouns: She/Her

Major: Psychology 

A Message from Emma: I am a proud feminist, and not afraid to show it! My passion is helping others, and I am so glad that I am able to do so through Haven. At the beginning of my first school year, I noticed an insufficient amount of resources for students who experience sexual assault and violence. I was determined to make a change: I decided to propose an idea to Tracia that there should be peer resources for student victims so that there was no barrier of authority in place. After long hours and hard work, Tracia, Jailekha Zutshi and I were able to get this program up and running. I am so excited to see it in action! Aside from actively helping others and doing my school work, you can catch me with a smile on my face when I am spending time outside, staying active, spending time with my family and friends, and a good book! I cannot wait to see what Colgate, and Haven, have in store for me over the next 2 years!

Pronouns: She/Her

Major: Biology, Pre-Med

A Message from Estelle: I am so excited to put student voice's into Haven and raise awareness on our campus! I feel strongly about the mission and goals at Haven and am looking forward to spreading those messages with our community through thoughtful and student-driven projects! 

Pronouns: She/Her

Major: Peace & Conflict Studies

A Message from Greta: My mission is to provide relief for victims of sexual assault and violence by sharing mindful practices, including intentional thinking, stress relieving activities, and more that will alleviate lingering trauma in victims. 

Pronouns: She/Her

Major: Biology, Pre-Med

A Message from Joanna: I look forward to connecting with my peers and listening to their stories.

Joanna helped lead the first Survivor Mural Project - a collaborative effort to institutionalize the efforts of the Colgate Forward's protest that lead to Haven's opening through art shared across campus. 

Pronouns: She/Her

Major: Anthropology

A Message from Kailey: I am a molecular biology and anthropology major. On campus, I volunteer as an EMT, co-lead Public Health Initiatives at Colgate, and conduct Molecular Biology Research. In my free time, I enjoy running and hiking. I also love meeting new people and learning languages!

Pronouns: She/Her

Major: English/Creative Writing

A Message from Lauren: I can't wait to get involved as a Haven Ambassador. I care deeply about my peers so anything I can do to make this campus feel like a safer place or be a support to my community is hugely important to me. I have been interested in sexual assault awareness and education for many years, and I hope I can bring some of that knowledge into improving people's lives in big and small ways alike. 

 

Pronouns: She/Her

Major: Women’s Studies & Biology

A Message from Mackenzie: As Colgate students, we are very lucky to have Haven to help us deal with the issue of sexual assault on campus. It is an issue that every college campus faces, but not every college is making strong efforts to deal with the issue. I am incredibly proud to attend a college that takes this issue so seriously and even more proud that I now get to actively participate in addressing it as an ambassador! 

Mackenzie helped lead the first Survivor Mural Project - a collaborative effort to institutionalize the efforts of the Colgate Forward's protest that lead to Haven's opening through art shared across campus. She also serves as Haven's Spring 2020 intern. 
 

Pronouns: She/Her

Major: Computer Science

A Message from Minh Khue: While the trauma of sexual violence is not something an outsider, i.e. not a survivor, can easily claim to comprehend, I believe that no one who underwent such scarring experiences deserves to deal with their physical and emotional damages on their own. Though the paralyzing fear that victims have to overcome to confide in a stranger about their situation is undeniable, simple acts of compassion from the confidant, such as lending a listening ear to the victims and showing a genuine desire to understand their stories, go a long way. Believing in building a safe, supportive space in which survivors of sexual violence can heal, grow, and inspire others with their strength and grace, I hope to become someone who can accompany and guide survivors in their arduous journey towards recovery. There is still a lot for me to learn to reach that point where tangible differences can be made to our community at Colgate, but, given our endless capacity as human beings to empathize and love, I am sincerely hopeful about the impact that Haven Ambassador Program will have in the future.

Pronouns: She/Her

Major: Biology, Pre-Med

A Message from Spencer: There is an overwhelming amount of information out from various perspectives on the “right” healing strategies for survivors of sexual assault. Everyone’s story is different and each road to moving on and growing stronger employ various techniques and strategies. I think that the earth has natural elements that are very valuable and helpful to managing the healing process and the anxiety that comes with it. Crystals and essential oils in particular have helped me calm anxieties after emotional distress and I believe that so many people can also benefit. For my project I hope to create a blog or mini booklet that includes various crystals and oils healing powers to provide survivors with an alternative approach to handling emotional distress and ease anxiety or tension. 

Pronouns: She/Her

Major: Sociology, Pre-Med

A Message from Tatianna: I am excited to be a Haven Ambassador because I want to be a voice that advocates for social change on this campus. I want to be trauma-informed and gain the knowledge to guide others toward resources they may need. I am excited to work with likeminded peers in this proactive program that strives to get rid of victim blaming and complacent toxic masculinity.