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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, a safe space for the GLBTQA+ community and advocates, 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.
Wendy Schardt began her professional career working with victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence in an outpatient clinic in Baltimore city and transitioned into school based mental health through a community based program managed by Johns Hopkins hospital. She eventually moved into school mental health and then juvenile justice and change management.
Wendy holds a Master of Science Degree in Art Therapy from Eastern Virginia Medical School and is a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner in Nebraska, with a certification in Professional Counseling. She is a National Certified Counselor and a Registered Art therapist, Board Certified. Wendy extended her education in Wellington, New Zealand, as a specialized trainer in Family Group Conferencing, a family engagement system in Child welfare that was adapted by the District of Columbia’s Juvenile Justice Agency in 2010. In addition to her clinical background, she is a Certified Public Manager and holds a Greenbelt certification in Six Sigma from George Washington University’s Center for Excellence in Public Leadership. She has held several executive leadership positions in her career, most recently as Director of Behavioral Health Programs for an acute care facility in Washington DC, focused on the treatment of severe and acute mental illnesses in an inner urban population.
She has demonstrated several areas of expertise, including: art psychotherapy, co-occurring disorders, leadership, management, hospital systems, juvenile justice evidence-based practices, civil forensic matters and healthcare finance. Wendy served as a mentor for a faith-based after school program in the District of Columbia for several years and was a participant in an AIDs education mission trip to Zambia, Africa in 2007.
Kiphany Hof is a licensed independent mental health practitioner and the Associate Director at UNK Counseling and the Women's Center. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Colorado State University and a Master of Science degree in Counseling from the University of Wyoming. Her previous work experience includes working with youth and adults in inpatient, residential and day treatment settings and teaching as an adjunct professor in the Counseling and School Psychology Department at UNK.
Kiphany is trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and her area of speciality is eating disorders. Kiphany enjoys connecting with the campus community through outreach programming by partnering with various departments and campus organizations to promote UNK's integrated behavioral health services and to raise awareness about college mental health.
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