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On Friday March 3, Nadia Bazzy began her new position as interim director of the University of Michigan Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center. Bazzy, previously assistant director of the Office of Student Conflict Resolution, will oversee SAPAC through the end of the year as organization leaders continue the search for a permanent director this spring.

Bazzy replaced former SAPAC director Holly Rider-Milkovich, who announced Jan. 13 she was stepping down from her position to begin a new role as the senior director of prevention for EverFi, an educational technology innovator that works to empower students and adult learners.

E. Royster Harper, vice president for student life, commended Bazzy in an email for her range of experience in the field of sexual assault. Bazzy worked to update the University’s new sexual misconduct policy, and advocated for survivors of sexual assault and human trafficking.

“Nadia joined the University in 2015 as the Sexual Misconduct Program Manager in the Office of Student Conflict Resolution and became Assistant Director of Sexual Misconduct in 2016,” Harper wrote. “During that time, Nadia worked with close campus partners to provide support around the new Sexual Misconduct Policy and its implementation. She has provided oversight to case management and the development of best practices.”

Harper also noted Bazzy’s experience working with minority groups at a national level, particularly her invitation to attend a White House session regarding the experiences of Asian Americans — as well as Muslim, Arab and Sikh communities — this past winter.

“This past December, Nadia was invited to a White House session that focused on the generational experiences of Asian Americans, including Japanese-Americans placed in internment camps during World War II, as well as modern day challenges facing the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) and Muslim, Arab, Sikh, and South Asian (MASSA) communities today,” he wrote.

This is a developing story. Check back with The Michigan Daily for updates.

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