Dear Members of the King’s Community,
It is with great pleasure that we introduce Jordan Roberts as King’s new Sexualized Violence Prevention and Response Officer (SVPRO).
This position is key to the University’s stand-alone Sexualized Violence Policy, a policy mandated by an MOU with the Province of Nova Scotia, composed collaboratively by students, faculty and staff, and approved by the Board of Governors in December, 2018. Jordan’s appointment as SVPRO marks the beginning of the final phase of implementation of the Policy. Reporting directly to the President and working closely with the Dean of Students, the SVPRO provides coordination, support, and services for those who have experienced Sexualized Violence, receives disclosures and Reports, facilitates safety planning, and develops awareness, education and training programs for all members of the King’s community. The SVPRO is an ex officio member of the Sexualized Violence Prevention and Response Committee, an advisory body with student, faculty and staff representation.
Jordan comes to King’s with an extensive background of more than a decade in roles associated with sexualized violence prevention, education, and support. In her work for such non-profit organizations as Adsum for Women and Children, Out of the Cold, The Elizabeth Fry Society, and her current position as Program Coordinator for the YWCA’s Supportive Housing for Young Mothers, she has provided direct front-line support for survivors/victims, as well as served in administrative, strategic infrastructure and program development roles. A graduate of Dalhousie, Jordan also has helped to develop campus supports such as the DSU Sexual Assault and Harassment Phone Line, and has served in coordinating roles at NSPIRG and CKDU.
Jordan will begin her full-time position on August 9, but plans to spend time on campus before then as she is able. She shares this thought: “I am thrilled to become part of the King’s community and work alongside those who have been calling for and building networks of support for people who have experienced sexual violence.” We are very grateful to the dedicated student, faculty, and staff members of the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Implementation of the Sexualized Violence Policy for their invaluable assistance in this successful search. I am sure that you will all join us in welcoming Jordan Roberts, SVPRO, to our King’s community and share in our enthusiasm for working with her to ensure the safety, care, and mutual respect of all.
Peter O’Brien, Vice-President
Katie Merwin, Dean of Students
Co-Chairs, Presidential Advisory Committee on the Implementation of the Sexualized Violence Policy