Rachel Stewart has been named director of the Sexual Harassment & Rape Prevention Program (SHARPP) at UNH.
Stewart comes to UNH from Connecticut College, where she served as the director of sexual violence prevention and advocacy for nearly four years, with additional roles as coordinator of the Gund Intergroup Dialogue Project and as adjunct faculty in the gender, sexuality, and intersectionality studies department. They have also held roles at Bucknell University as their interpersonal violence prevention coordinator, and Harvard College Office of BGLTQ Student Life, where they served as the graduate coordinator for student leadership development. Stewart began her work in the field in 2011 as an undergraduate peer educator within the University of Connecticut’s Violence Against Women Prevention Program and by co-founding the organization Revolution Against Rape.
Stewart graduated from the UConn Honors Program with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, having written an honors thesis about how college students understand and communicate consent. Stewart also holds a Master of Education degree from Harvard University in higher education. They have spent much of their career focusing on the advancement of anti-sexual violence work, specifically within higher education, spending four years on the leadership council of the Campus Advocacy and Prevention Professionals Association, as well as time on the leadership team of the NASPA Sexual and Relationship Violence Prevention, Education, and Response Knowledge Community.