Advocacy Services

COVID-19 Update

We know that social distancing and working or learning remotely can raise additional challenges for members of our community who have been impacted by harassment or violence.  Supportive resources and options remain available to those who need them.  Advocates are available to provide support remotely and can be reached anytime (available 24-7) at (414) 288-5244 or (emails responded to during business hours).

A university sexual violence victim advocate is available to provide immediate and ongoing support and assistance for victims of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking or sexual harassment. The advocates are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and are just a phone call or an email away. Advocacy services is a confidential resource, which means that they will not report what you share with them to the Title IX Coordinator.

The victim advocate can be reached by calling (414) 288-5244 or by emailing

Advocacy Services can provide the following services:

  • Referrals to university and community support, and counseling services.
  • Accompany a victim to the hospital or other medical providers.
  • Assistance with housing, academic and other concerns.
  • Assist in creating a safety plan, including helping to obtain a restraining order or university Stay Away Directive.
  • Information about the university’s Title IX policy, reporting and complaint process.
  • Information about and assistance with filing a criminal complaint with the police or taking other legal action.
  • Assistance and support throughout the criminal justice or university complaint process including escorts to all necessary appointments and court proceedings.

Advocacy Services will provide support and assistance to victims regardless of whether the victim chooses to file a formal report with law enforcement or pursue a complaint through the university’s Title IX complaint process. Victims will remain in control of all decisions that are made about their healing process and courses of action.

University Victim Advocates

Katy AdlerKaty Adler
Alumni Memorial Union, Room 437
(414) 288-5244

Kacie OttoKacie Otto
Alumni Memorial Union, Room 437
(414) 288-5244

Advocacy Network

The Advocacy Network consists of Marquette faculty and staff members who have been specially trained to provide support and assistance to members of the Marquette community who have experienced sexual misconduct. This team supports the 24/7 on-call Advocacy Services response. Learn more.

Jody Jessup-AngerJody Jessup-Anger
Jody Jessup-Anger is an associate professor of higher education and coordinator of the Student Affairs in Higher Education master’s program in the Department of Educational Policy and Leadership. In 2018, she co-edited Addressing Sexual Violence in Higher Education and Student Affairs, a special volume of New Directions for Student Services. Prior to joining the faculty, she spent 10 years as a student affairs administrator, working primarily in gender education and victim services.

Heather HlavkaHeather Hlavka
Heather Hlavka is an associate professor of criminology and law studies in the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences. Her research and teaching focuses on sexual violence, gender, punishment and law. Specifically, her research explores youth experiences of violence and how sexual assault victims navigate the criminal justice system. She has over ten years working in victim services including crisis-line response, group counseling, and peer education.

Sara SmithSara Smith
In addition to being an advocate, Sara oversees the Student Wellness Center located in the 707 Building on the first floor, working with an amazing team of wellness peer educators. Sara’s professional interests include alcohol and drug prevention, bystander intervention, and holistic well-being. Sara’s hobbies beyond Marquette include gardening, swimming, cooking, hiking, and traveling. One of Sara’s goals is to visit every state park in Wisconsin!

Tyanna McLaurinTyanna Clayton-Mallett
Tyanna graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in African-American Studies from Marquette University. While a student at Marquette, Tyanna worked for the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee for 5 years in roles ranging from volunteer mentoring to youth program coordination. After graduation, Tyanna served in two AmeriCorps Programs-Public Allies and Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC) working with youth and assisting with community revitalization efforts. She also served two terms as a Health, Water, and Sanitation Volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps in Ghana, West Africa. 

Currently, she is the Assistant Director of Service Learning at Marquette University. She is responsible for developing and maintaining over 120 community partnerships, managing a student leader staff, and helping faculty and local organizations find mutually beneficial partnerships in Milwaukee. Tyanna is also active in the Milwaukee community, serving on non-profit boards, promoting healthy pregnancies and birth outcomes for women through doula support services, and assisting local organizations with projects focused on the arts.

Amber MayAmber May
Amber is a current Director of Diversity and Inclusion in the School of Dentistry. She has been a part of the Marquette community for almost 5 years. She works closely with students of color, and enjoys teaching her Cultural Humility class in the summer term. She is a passionate student affairs professional and learned the most about meeting student needs in her role as a Resident Hall Director. Prior to higher education, she served as a social worker for the State of Indiana for many years. The combination of her professional experiences motivates her to act as a supportive resource for the advocacy network.

In her free time she enjoys participating as an “extra” in TV and film, most notable, the movie Widows, staring Viola Davis. She is coping through the pandemic with virtual meet ups with friends, walks in nature, and learning to play the guitar.


Amber MayTorchia Rogers
Torchia Rogers is a Residence Hall Director of Cobeen Hall. She has been working within the Office of Residence Life for 7 years, from a Resident assistant to an RHD! Her greatest passion within student affairs is student success and efforts related to equity, social justice, and civic action. Specifically, working with the Black Affinity group, student staff supervision, and serving as a committee member of the Division of Student Affairs (DSA) - Diversity committee. 

In 2019, Torchia graduated with her Master in Social Work. She is a member of the Association of Black Social Workers and continuously strives to make a difference with community-based services and advocating for mental health therapy. Working in the field Torchia has seen much hurt, distress and trauma and strives to show and give compassion and love. She has a desire to lead, guide and help individuals grow toward a stable environment and mindset that works well for them. Torchia believes she has the gift of encouragement and this helps others recognize their true strengths. She is happy to act as a supportive resource for the advocacy.