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Rambler Interview: Mira Krivoshey
Meet Mira Krivoshey, MPH, who serves as an advocate, organizer, and educator in Loyola’s Wellness Center, and learn about some of the important resources that the center offers.
Can you tell us a little about yourself? What do you do as the senior health educator at Loyola?
I grew up in Ohio, but I’m a big city girl at heart, so I ventured to New York City for college. I then lived briefly in Washington, DC before I moved back to Ohio where I got my Masters in Public Health. I finally made it here to Chicago three years ago. Since my time in DC, I have served as a volunteer sexual assault advocate—now certified in three states! Don’t ask me how many hours of training I’ve gone through. As the senior health educator at Loyola, I train faculty, staff, and students on gender-based violence, organize programming to raise awareness and foster dialogue, and serve as a confidential advocate for survivors.
What drew you toward working at Loyola?
I love working at Loyola. Both of my parents were professors at Ohio State so I grew up on a college campus. The anticipation of a new academic year, traditions around finals, the ceremony of graduation, and the energy of students—it’s infectious. And in terms of gender-based violence, Loyola is doing such good work that any opportunity to be involved was exciting to me.
What do you enjoy the most about working with students?
I like that I can be honest with students. Previously, I have always worked with younger students and my tendency to be unfiltered was sometimes a liability! Students here are adults, and I treat them as such. Furthermore, I am invigorated by the passion and curiosity that naturally exists on a college campus.
What are a few things Loyola students should know about the Wellness Center?
The Wellness Center is truly a collaborative team—a one stop shop. If a counselor identifies a potential medical need for a student or a medical team member thinks a student might benefit from a counselor, we work together to make sure students get the necessary services. For example, if a student discloses that they have experienced gender-based violence during a medical or counseling appointment, often times a nurse or counselor will explain that I am available if they have specific questions and want to talk with someone who is knowledgeable about those issues. If the student consents, the nurse or counselor will put the student in touch with me and I will meet with them.
Are there any resources you'd like to highlight?
Loyola offers a sexual assault advocacy line that is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and 24 hours on the weekend when school is in session. Survivors, co-survivors, or anyone seeking information can call the line for resources and support.
We also have trained sexual assault advocates in the Wellness Center that are available in person if a student needs support or information. We can provide information on a student’s medical and legal options, discuss the University grievance process, safety plan, provide referrals to on- and off-campus resources, or just sit with a student to help process a scary event.
The Wellness Center (advocates, mental health, and medical staff) are confidential resources. If a student discloses that they have experienced gender-based violence to us, we do not have to notify the University. However, if a student wishes to notify the University, we can assist them in that process.
Is there anything else you think Loyola students would find helpful?
I believe that humor is a huge part of self-care, and sometimes we use social media to break up the day with laughter. I’ll use memes to communicate important information about consent or other services on the Wellness Center's Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Make sure to follow us!