On September 23, 2019, Dr. Jennifer Naccarelli ’92 welcomed the students with stories of her own experiences at UA and the lasting impact that Serviam has meant to her while pursuing her Masters in Theological Studies from Claremont School of Theology and her Ph.D. in Religion from Claremont Graduate University.
“How are you going to use your gifts and talents to serve those around you?” is often a question she asks of her college students at University of Delaware, where she is currently the associate chair and a professor in the Department of Women & Gender Studies. Since 2011, she has also served as the Director of UD’s Domestic Violence Prevention and Services Program, and was recently named Faculty of the Month.
Dr. Naccarelli’s visit highlighted healthy vs. unhealthy relationships tested by a short quiz, included staggering statistics such as 60% of adolescents experience some form of intimate partner violence, and offered tools to recognize red flags and patterns in these relationships. She encouraged our students to practice the difficult skills of communication and being a good listener. Lastly, she shared resources so students could seek support beyond their peers and school counselors, such as loveisrespect.org where you can call, text, or chat 24/7.
Thank you, Dr. Naccarelli, for your continued efforts in empowering and advocating for women!