Loyola University Maryland

Women's Center

Meet the Staff

Melissa Lees

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Sexual Violence Prevention, Education, and Response Coordinator and Program Manager

Melissa Lees is the Sexual Violence Prevention, Education and Response Coordinator at Loyola University Maryland. She is a confidential resource for ANY student who experiences any form of sexual or dating violence. Melissa can provide resources both on and off-campus.  She is available to walk with students through both the campus disciplinary process and the city’s criminal process. Obtaining peace and protective orders, getting a S.A.F.E. (sexual assault forensic exam) exam at Mercy hospital and navigating the criminal system are a few of the many resources she can provide. Melissa is Green Dot trained and is an Escalation Workshop facilitator. Faculty and staff can reach out to Melissa to meet with student clubs, organizations, classes and meetings to do training's on a variety of topics related to sexual violence.

Melissa earned her Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from Marywood University in Scranton, PA and her Master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry from the University of Dayton in Ohio. Melissa has been a senior advocate with TurnAround, Baltimore’s rape crisis and domestic violence agency for the past seven years and a Domestic Violence Advocate at North West Hospital's DOVE program for one year. Recently, Melissa’s work within the community was recognized throughout the state. In Dec. 2014, she was named one of Maryland’s 40 Influential Women Under 40 by the Daily Record and in the spring of 2015, she was awarded the Governor’s Service Medal for Civic Engagement. In her free time, she is a die-hard NY Giants fan, loves cooking and spending time with her 4year old niece.
Melissa is located in the Women’s Center: 4504A-2 Seton Court; mklees@loyola.edu; 410-617-6769.