Samantha Dickens
Prevention Education and Advocacy Center (PEACe) Coordinator, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Samantha Dickens is the Coordinator of the Prevention Education and Advocacy Center (PEACe) at SIUe, providing education about healthy relationships, bystander intervention, and sexual assault prevention. Samantha chairs the Coordinated Community Care Response Team (C3RT), which brings together faculty, staff, students, and community partners to discuss and work to end sexual violence at SIUe.

Before beginning her work at SIUe, Samantha was the Rape Response Coordinator at Crisis Service of North Alabama, providing advocacy, case management and emotional support to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence during the forensic exam. She also provided individual crisis counseling and group counseling to victims of sexual assault. Samantha was also a counselor at Free2Be Safe Huntsville, providing counseling and case management to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender victims of crime in areas of domestic violence, sexual assault, and abuse. Samantha graduated with her B.S. in English and Allied Language Arts and Sociology in 2012 from Western Kentucky University, and she graduated with her Master of Social Work in December 2015 from Alabama A&M University.

Samantha continues to learn and grow as a social worker, educator, and person through the opportunities offered to her at SIUe and the local community, and she looks forward to continuing to grow PEACe and meeting the challenges of a changing campus culture.