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Passion for Creating Awareness

Young alum Josephina Ragon ’11 has a passion for creating awareness around societal issues. A women’s studies and media and society major served as the co-chair of the Women’s Collective and helped organize the Women’s Collective conference last spring.

“Women’s Collective has provided me with so many tools for leadership and planning, and has equipped me with the ability to spread awareness about my passion,” she said. 

This summer, her skills and interests led her to work with The Center for Counseling and Student Wellness and various campus administrators in looking to update and clarify the Colleges’ sexual misconduct policies.

 “I believe we have great resources for students in need at HWS; we just needed to ensure the students were made aware of how to access those resources,” said Ragon.

She worked with faculty and staff to create a comprehensive website to educate and inform the campus community about both on- and off-campus resources as well as provide the most up to date statistics and information about consent and the aspects of a healthy relationship.

“We are always looking for ways to improve our policies and I am grateful for the work JoJo has done this summer,” says Brian Mistler, the director of the Center for Counseling and Student Wellness. “Her efforts will certainly have a positive impact.”

Ragon graduated magna cum laude. She minored in French and Francophone studies and peer education and human relations.  She is about to begin working for AmeriCorps, as a tutor for children in the South Bronx, N.Y.

Maria Saavedra-Finger, staff psychologist and coordinator of sexual assault prevention and response services, will finalize the work begun by Ragon, faculty and staff.  She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland, College Park and her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at the University of Rochester. Her professional interests include adult romantic attachment, mindfulness, identity formation, and trauma.

In the photo above, Maria Saavedra-Finger and JoJo Ragon have their photo taken in the Counseling Center.