The Jean Nidetch Women’s Center (JNWC) at the University of Nevada Las Vegas will host a lunch and dinner on April 3 with keynote speaker, Amita Swadhin. Amita is an educator and activist and will discuss how sexual violence impacts marginalized communities. Both events will aim to help UNLV better understand how sexual violence is served as a tool of oppression and how to serve and support survivors.  JNWC Director, Cristina Hernandez explains:

“We are so excited to host Amita at UNLV to address these critical and pressing issues. At the JNWC, we strive to ensure our services are inclusive of all identities and to create a safe place for marginalized victims and survivors. By centering the most marginalized victims of sexual violence, we will improve supports to all victims. We invite students, staff and faculty to listen to Amita and learn about the connection of sexual violence and oppression and how to make UNLV a safer campus for all students”.

The lunch event will occur from 11am-12:30pm at the Student Union in room 209 and the dinner will occur 5-7pm at the Student Union in room 208-C. Space is limited and RSVPs should be e-mailed to jnwc@unlv.edu

In addition to Amita’s presentation at the lunch event, the Nevada Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence (NCEDSV) will be honoring Senator Patricia Spearman as the recipient of the 2018 Visionary Voice Award at the beginning of the lunch.  The National Sexual Violence Resource Center offers the Visionary Voice Awards, in conjunction with Sexual Assault Awareness Month each April, to recognize the creativity and hard work of individuals around the country who have demonstrated outstanding work to end sexual violence. Kristy Oriol, Policy and Communications Coordinator for NCEDSV commented on Senator Spearman’s nomination:

“NCEDSV is thrilled to honor Senator Spearman for her work as a legislator advocating for sexual violence victims and survivors.   Senator Spearman has sponsored legislation to add gender identity and expression to protected victims, expanded many protections for child and military victims of sexual violence, and has been a fierce advocate for victims of sex trafficking and sexual harassment. We cannot think of anyone more deserving of this award.”.

Both the JNWC and NCEDSV feel that highlighting the achievements of Senator Spearman before listening to the remarkable Amita Swadhin is an incredible opportunity to increase understanding of serving all victims during the 2018 Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April.


The Jean Nidetch Women’s Center (JNWC) is committed to creating a supportive and inclusive environment for all genders through programming, services, and confidential advocacy for the UNLV Community. We care for any student, faculty or staff member that has experienced sexual assault, stalking, domestic/dating violence, or is concerned for a friend. We strive to be inclusive of our diverse campus population, therefore we strive to be inclusive of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, legal status, students with disabilities, and other identities.  More information is available at www.unlv.edu/womenscenter.


The Nevada Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence (previously The Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence), provides statewide advocacy, education and support to the front-line organizations that help those impacted by domestic and sexual violence. Resources and help for victims are available at www.ncedsv.org. To find other Sexual Assault Awareness Month events throughout the state, please visit www.ncedsv.org/saam.