Mayra Lewis, coordinator of the Violence Prevention & Women’s Resource Center, has been honored with the 2011-12 CSU Violence Prevention Champion Award.
The award recognizes administrators, faculty and staff who advocate violence prevention initiatives on their campus. For the past two years, Lewis has brought education and outreach programs to Cal Poly Pomona, including the production of the Vagina Monologues and the annual Men’s Violence Prevention Conference. In her first year as coordinator, the number of students, staff and faculty receiving violence prevention training rose by 40 percent.
As the primary campus advocate for survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking and other crimes, Lewis says one of her favorite aspects of working at the resource center is her role in the university community. “I love having the opportunity to do something positive and make a difference in somebody’s life.”