October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and as part of the awareness on campus the Women’s Center puts on the Clothes Line event. This national art project displays t-shirts on a clothesline as a memorial to the victims and survivors of domestic violence. Locations and dates for participating in this impactful project, coming soon!
The mission of the Women's Center is to advocate, educate, empower, and provide a safe environment for ALL students. The Women's Center Provides: campus and community-wide programming and education on gender equality, students with access to resources, a safe place to voice concerns/questions/ideas, counseling by a licensed mental health counselor, referrals to community and campus resources, and a central point of contact for victims of sexual assault, stalking, dating violence, or domestic abuse.
The Women's Center is part of the Counseling and Health Care Department. The Center has direct and confidential access to such professional personnel as RNs, nurse practitioners, licensed mental health practitioners, licensed clinical social workers, and licensed addictions counselors. The Center's staff receives crisis intervention specialty training through the SAFE Center--Kearney's relationship violence and domestic abuse shelter. Additionally, Women and Gender Studies work collaboratively with the Center to provide resources and support.
Dr. LeAnn Obrecht is the Director of UNK's Counseling & Health Care Department, which includes Peer Health Education and the Women's Center. She has her undergraduate degree in nursing, her master's degree in personal counseling, and her doctorate degree in higher education administration.
In regards to higher education experience, she has served as a peer health education coordinator and a first responder for any student who had been sexually assaulted. This response occurred no matter if the assault took place on campus, in the community, or in the county. She also has experience as a faculty person teaching nursing, healthy relationship, and teamwork classes. In regards to a community non-profit agency, she has served as the executive director of a rape and domestic abuse center in a large metropolitan area. She has served for many years as a personal counselor for clients who have experienced relationship violence.
Dr. Obrecht has received two grants for UNK's Women's Center. The first was a two-year grant for $326,000 and the second grant is for a three-year period for $900,000.
Trish Holen is the Assistant Director of UNK's Women's Center and a licensed mental health counselor. She has her undergraduate degree in social work (Missouri State University) and her master's degree in community counseling (University of Nebraska at Kearney).
Trish has a strong background in mental health related fields. In respect to education experience, she has served as Director of the Social Services Department in a large care facility which included family counseling. She has experience in crisis on call for a county community health center. She held the position of graduate assistant to the Women's Center when working to complete her master's degree. Her position with the Women's Center allows her to serve the UNK community especially in the areas of sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. She does this through on-campus and off-campus programming, educational presentations, coordinating with campus organizations and departments, and working with students individually in the counseling setting.
Cammie Schwartz is the Design and Communications Associate of UNK's Women's Center. She has her undergraduate degree in Information Systems and Art with emphasis in Graphic Design from Doane College. Ms. Schwartz previously served as an intern at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Engineering Marketing Department, a tutor for the Information Science Technology Department at Doane, and a photography instructor.
Tenille received her undergraduate degree at the Concordia University Chicago in Communications with a minor in Biblical Languages and is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. As the graduate assistant for the UNK Women's Center and the Office of Multicultural Affairs, she is passionate about issues concerning diversity and individuality and is excited about investing in UNK students and helping develop them through education, awareness, and one on one mentoring.
Emily received her undergraduate degree at the University of Nebraska-Kearney in Family Studies with a minor in Gerontology and is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. As the graduate assistant for the UNK Women's Center, she is excited to educate and empower students on various women's and men's issues through programming and educational presentations.
Academic Year: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Phone: (308) 865.8279
UNK Women's Center
Memorial Student Affairs Building, Suite #158
2510 11th Avenue, Kearney, NE 68849