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Students and administrators collaborate to tackle mental health, sexual assault issues at Stanford

On Saturday, the “Making Change Happen” workshop — the second and final installation in the “Institutional Change at Stanford” series — united over two dozen undergraduate and graduate students with administrators in discussion about the University’s handling of ongoing issues including mental health and sexual assault.

Q&A: Ph.D. student Emma Tsurkov raises awareness about campus domestic violence

Emma Tsurkov J.S.M. ’15 is a XX-year Ph.D. student in the sociology department whose research interests encompass family, gender, race and ethnicity as well as social equality and stratification. For the past year, she has been working to raise awareness of campus domestic violence affecting the partners or spouses of graduate students who are not Stanford students do not receive the same University benefits and services as a result. Her goal is to formulate and implement a coherent and unified campus policy that makes medical and counseling services more accessible to these individuals.

The Daily sat down with Tsurkov to learn more about her initiative and some of the challenges she’s faced along the way.