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Exterior of Hughes Hall building

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Pritma "Mickey" Irizarry
Director, Wellness Center

Hughes hall, Room 105

Health Promotion & Advocacy Center 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20016 United States

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Welcome Health Promotion and Advocacy Center

Welcome to the official Health Promotion and Advocacy Center website!

Mission and Philosophy

The mission of the American University Health Promotion and Advocacy Center is to provide students with wellness resources, to promote healthy lifestyles, reduce high-risk behaviors, and offer a safe, non-discriminatory environment.

HPAC Educates. Empowers. Engages.

  • We promote dynamic health programming, wellness consultations, and victim advocacy services at American University.
  • We have a commitment to student-centered initiatives in which we partner with and empower students to take charge of their own health and lives at AU and beyond.
  • We foster connections with AU and local DC community organizations to provide the most comprehensive scope of care and immerse students in experiential health learning.

To book a victim advocacy meeting, an Alcohol or Drug consultation, wellness consult, or schedule a meeting with any staff member, visit our You Can Book Me page.

On campus, we are located in Hughes 105, Monday-Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. You may drop in to pick up condoms and other sexual health resources, such as lube and internal condoms; however, other appointments and OASIS advocacy meetings are by appointment only. 

OASIS at HPAC Confidential Victim Advocacy Services

The Health Promotion and Advocacy Center also houses OASIS: the Office of Advocacy Services for Interpersonal and Sexual Violence. OASIS provides free and confidential services to all students who are affected by sexual violence, interpersonal violence (dating or domestic violence), and stalking.

Advocacy is a supportive service intended to help survivors navigate their options and make informed decisions about their security, health, academic well-being, and the adjudication process. Confiding in an advocate does not mean you must report an incident to university administrators or the police.

If you have any questions or concerns about confidentiality, an advocate can provide clarifying examples. To book an appointment, visit our You Can Book Me page. You may also email us with any questions: 

OASIS at the Health Promotion and Advocacy Center. Educate. Empower. Support.