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WIU Alum Returns as Sexual Assault Advocate

April 21, 2022

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MOLINE/MACOMB, IL - - Western Illinois University alumna Cassandra Hall recalls many amazing experiences in her Women's Studies class that led her down the career path she now holds.

Following graduation, Hall started working for Family Resources as the campus coordinator. She also works as a sexual assault advocate and confidential advisor for local colleges in Illinois, such as Augustana, Black Hawk College and now Western Illinois University. She has been working to build a case load as an advisor in Title IX hearings and educate schools and communities on sexual assault, healthy relationships and healthy sexuality through presentations and outreach. In addition, Hall had the honor of helping Augustana organize their first ever International Women's Day event.

"Since graduating from WIU, I have been building a community partnership with WIU-Quad Cities so that in the future I am able to offer sexual assault resources and education to the students and faculty of Western through Family Resources," said Hall.

Hall's career was heavily influenced by her journey at WIU, in particular her professors and courses relating to Women's Studies. She said her favorite professor was a tie between Tammy Werner, who taught the Women's Studies class, and Colin Harbke. Hall looks back on Professor Harbke's teaching style and ability to work one-on one with students and how this shaped her way of teaching.

"Professor Harbke taught me a lot about what it means to go into a profession like mine and why people are needed in organizations like Family Resources," said Hall.

Her favorite memories at WIU were the conversations she had in Intro to Women's Studies and being able to discuss sensitive topics with other passionate people like herself and the campus garden where she was able to let go of her stress from the day.

"One piece of advice I would give to current WIU students is just to not give up," said Hall. "I know it is overwhelming to balance school, life and everything else that is going on in the world right now. Do not let that defeat you. One day you will graduate, and I promise it is all worth it. College is such a huge opportunity to grow and learn as much as possible within yourself and within your community. Take advantage of this opportunity."

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