The Women's Center has five professional staff members and a variety of student staff opportunities. Read below to learn more about our staff. Click on any entry to read a full biography.
Melissa Murray, Director, She/Her pronouns
Melissa oversees all of the activities at the Women's Center and works to develop and uphold its vision and mission. She provides leadership in addressing a variety of constituencies, covering a diverse set of concerns and promoting opportunities and educational equity for all women and female identified people. Melissa also consults with groups and individuals on personal and professional needs, and with administration on gender equity and issues regarding gender-based violence. She serves as a liaison between the UVM and community organizations and works with relevant groups and individuals on promoting an equitable, non-sexist, and culturally pluralistic environment at UVM.
Maria Teixeira, Coordinator for Programming & Leadership Development, She/Her pronouns
Maria serves as our Coordinator for Programming & Leadership Development. In this role Maria is responsible for planning and implementing large and small-scale programs and events for the campus and community such as Women@Noon, Women of Color Leadership Retreat, Women's Awards Banquet, Sisterhood Circle, Welcome Back BBQ, Women's HerStory Month and our Women in Film Series, etc. Maria is also responsible for supervising student staff, interns and volunteers on each of their individual projects. Maria work centers around educating and promoting understanding of the intersections of gender, sex, race, ethnicity, sexuality, class, ability/disability, and religion. Thus, in this position, Maria, fosters as much collaboration as possible with special focus on collaborations with the other centers in the Diversity and Equity Unit at UVM. Maria also supports the development and implementation of campus wide programs to increase opportunities for student, staff and faculty leadership development and increased awareness of a variety of intersecting issues. She also maintains the Women's Center blog and Social Media sites
Enmy Soler, Office Manager
Enmy is responsible for the maintenance of all of the Women's Center budgets, facilities, and logistics and helps to supervise the student staff at the center. She plans our annual One Billion Rising Event, coordinates our volunteers and serves as an advisor for Alianza Latina. She also maintains our general email account (firstname.lastname@example.org) and social media.
Judy Rickstad, Coordinator of Advocacy & Violence Prevention Services
Also known as the Victim's Advocate, Judy is responsible for providing direct services and coordinating services on campus for victims of sexual assault, stalking, and relationship violence and domestic violence. She serves as a confidential source to provide options, information and advocacy to survivors of sexual violence, and to friends and family members. She also provides educational programs around issues of gender violence to students, staff, and faculty, and chairs the Sexual Violence Response Team. Advocate works closely with a variety of campus and community organizations to help prevent violence and to provide the best service possible to survivors.