Wanda Swan hails from the “Hospitality State” of Mississippi and has been embedded within the Violence Prevention movement in Higher Education for over eight years. She began her career in this field while still a graduate student at Mississippi State University (MSU). Her work with the university's Sexual Assault Services department eventually led to extensive collaborations with the Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault. The mentorship she received from the coalition and the former director of the university's department solidified her passion for engaging student populations in violence prevention strategies. Before leaving MSU, Wanda gained experience securing and managing federally-funded grants and serving as a prevention educator, community collaborator, and co-creator the university's Sexual Assault Response Team.
Wanda began work at Vanderbilt University shortly after MSU and served as a Program Coordinator and Advocate within the Margaret Cuninggim Women's Center. In this capacity she served as the university's sole 24-hour on-call advocate and provided direct support and accompaniment to university students, faculty, staff, and Medical Center employees as well as a lead facilitator for the Green Dot Bystander Strategy. Before leaving Vanderbilt, Wanda served as a Prevention Educator & Victim Resource Specialist and dedicated her time and expertise to the creation, staff expansion, and branding of the Project Safe Center for Sexual Misconduct Prevention & Response, the university's first free-standing center dedicated to campus violence prevention and advocacy.
Wanda is currently employed at Emory University’s Respect Program (under the umbrella of the Office of Health Promotion) and serves as the program's inaugural Director and Survivor Advocate, working with members of the student population who have been directly or indirectly impacted by sexual and relationship violence. She advises a peer advocacy student organization, Emory Sexual Assault Peer Advocates, and provides training on Title IX and constructing communities of care. She is excited to serve as one of CAPPA's Communications Committee Chairs.