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Your Campus Wellness Experts

The Health Promotion and Advocacy Center staff is comprised of professional staff with expertise in a variety of topics. From sexual health, to stress management, healthy relationships, and alcohol and drug use, we are passionate about applying our holistic approach to well-being to programming for students and the entire campus community.

Visit our staff profiles below for more information. You can book an appointment with any staff on our You Can Book Me page. 

Pritma "Mickey" Irizarry Director, Health Promotion & Advocacy Center Health Promotion and Advocacy Ctr

Pritma ("Mickey") Irizarry joined AU in March 2016. She is a native of the DMV area, having grown up in Montgomery County, MD. She is also a graduate of The University of Maryland and spent

  irizarry@american.edu

  (202) 885-3255

Yoo-Jin Kang Coordinator for Alcohol and Other Drugs Health Promotion and Advocacy Ctr

Yoo-Jin Kang (she, her, hers) is a graduate of University of Maryland Baltimore County, where she focused on gender-based violence work & sociolinguistics. Her undergraduate research centers East

  ykang@american.edu

  (202) 885-3384

Valerie Tovar Sexual Assault Prevention Coordinator Health Promotion and Advocacy Ctr

Valerie (“Val”) Tovar joined AU in April 2019, pronouns are she/her/hers. She is originally from Los Angeles, California and calls DC home. She holds Masters in Forensic Psychology and a Bachelors in

  tovar@american.edu

Michelle Dagne Coordinator for Victim Advocacy Services Health Promotion and Advocacy Ctr

Michelle Dagne joined AU in September 2019. She is a DMV native, born and raised in Silver Spring, MD! She got her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park (fun

  dagne@american.edu

Contact Details How to Get in Touch

While the Health Promotion and Advocacy Center is open 9am-5pm Monday through Friday, we are often in meetings or out and about on campus. If you're coming by to pick up free condoms, pamphlets, lube, or any other free resource, feel free to drop by anytime. 

 

If you would like to speak with a staff member one-on-one, we ask you to schedule an appointment via You Can Book Me so that you are seen promptly.
 

  • For general questions about HPAC, the NCAA Choices Grant, or to schedule contraceptive or sexual health consults, or peer education contact Mickey Irizarry.
  • To schedule a victim advocacy meeting or learn about resources for you or a friend contact Michelle Dagne.
  • For questions about victim advocacy, sexual or interpersonal violence prevention programming contact Val Tovar.
  • To schedule an alcohol or drug consultation, AOD transport meetings, or to discuss your or someone else's alcohol or drug use, email Yoo-Jin Kang
Health Promotion and Advocacy Center

Hughes Hall -- First Floor -- Suite 105