Staff Spotlight: Alana Sacks

Describe briefly what you do and how long have you been at Brown.

I am one of the SHARE Advocates in BWell Health Promotion in the Department of Health and Wellness and have worked at Brown for almost 5 years.  SHARE stands for Sexual Harassment and Assault Resources and Education.  My training and licensure is as a clinical social worker with a specialization in trauma therapy.  At Brown, I serve as a confidential support for students in the undergraduate, graduate, and medical schools providing advocacy-based counseling for survivors of sexual, relationship, and gender-based violence and for those students who are supporting survivors of violence.  I also engage in education, outreach, and advocacy efforts on campus and am the staff advisor for Sexual Assault Peer Education (SAPE), a student group who's mission is to provide Brown students with proactive skills for the prevention of interpersonal harm and for the support of survivors of harm using a community-based, peer educational intervention and working from an intersectional, anti-oppression, and consent-based frame.   

What professional accomplishment are you most proud of?

Mostly I am grateful for the opportunity I have to support people and witness their resilience, healing and growth.  I am also incredibly proud of the work I have been able to observe and support our peer educators in doing around violence prevention and survivor support efforts on campus.

Name something about you most people don't know:

I am a musician and have played in rock bands for almost 20 years, singing, writing songs, and playing guitar (although I am a self-taught hack!).  I am currently taking a hiatus from music to complete a certificate course in Executive Leadership in Violence Prevention through the University of Pennsylvania, but plan to be back at it after the program ends in August!

If you weren't doing this job, what would you be doing?

I would probably be a chef.  It was a very close toss-up between getting a master's in social work or going to culinary school.  There are few things in this world I love more than cooking and I do it every chance I get.