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Meet Ethan

Ethan Phillips (he/him/his), usgstudent.wellness@unc.edu

Ethan Phillips serves as the Director of the Department of Student Wellness and Safety on the Cabinet of the Richards Administration.

Ethan is a junior pursuing a BSPH in Health Policy and Management and a BA in Public Policy with a minor in Chemistry. Ethan has 7 years of experience in adolescent and young-adult mental health advocacy, having founded numerous cross-sector collaborative coalitions for advancing access and quality in mental health resources with a focus in community mobilization and stakeholder engagement. At Carolina, Ethan has served on the student government Mental Health Committee and the Student Advisory Committee to the Chancellor for two years. At the outset of the Fall 2020 semester, Ethan was selected by Chancellor Guskiewicz to serve as one of three undergraduate representatives to the Campus and Community Advisory Committee, where he advocated for equity and wellness in planning for the Spring 2021 semester. Outside of student government, Ethan is an advocate and housing team member at the Community Empowerment Fund (CEF), a research assistant at the UNC Center for Health Equity Research (CHER), and an engagement manager in Consult Your Community (CYC).

Ethan’s goals for the department in the coming year are to increase access, quality, and equity in mental health resources on campus, promote student voice in conversations of safety and wellness as the pandemic draws to a close, facilitate collaborative and intersectional work across committees and subdepartments, and chart a course of impassioned advocacy for the department as a new structure within student government.

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Assistant Directors & Coordinators

Meet Nada

Nada Panjwani, nadanada@ad.unc.edu

Nada Panjwani serves as the Assistant Director of Mental Health and Counseling as part of the Department of Student Wellness and Safety for the Richards Administration.

Nada Panjwani is a senior majoring in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. As the Assistant Director of Mental Health and Counseling in the Richards Administration, Nada is currently working to create a Mental Health Hub at UNC which will allow students and faculty to have greater knowledge about the prevalence of mental illnesses and available resources.

Meet Tyra

Tyra Rubin, tyrar@email.unc.edu

Tyra Rubin serves as the Mental Health Awareness and Stigma Reduction Coordinator as part of the Department of Student Wellness and Safety for the Richards Administration.

Tyra Rubin is a sophomore at UNC, majoring in political science and minoring in sustainability and cognitive science and serves as the Mental Health Awareness and Stigma Reduction Coordinator in the Richards Administration. She is from South Africa, but currently lives in Charlotte, NC.

Meet Megan

Megan Wohlfarth, megan121@email.unc.edu

Megan Wohlfarth serves as the Assistant Director of Sexual Violence Prevention and EOC Liaison as part of the Department of Student Wellness and Safety for the Richards Administration.

Megan Wohlfarth is a sophomore majoring in Health Policy and Management with intended minors of Chemistry and Hindi-Urdu. Among other projects, Megan is passionate about using her role as Assistant Director of Sexual Violence Prevention and EOC Liaison to increase accountability for incidents of sexual and gender based violence and harassment within Student Government.

Meet Joe

Joe Benson, bensonj@live.unc.edu

Joe Benson serves as the Assistant Director of Safety and Security as part of the Department of Student Wellness and Safety for the Richards Administration.

Joe Benson is a senior double majoring in public policy and statistics, and will serve as the Assistant Director of Safety and Security in the Richards Administration. Joe is passionate about how research and data intersect with meaningful change. Aside from academics, Joe enjoys a range of activities from being a whitewater guide to writing for several storytelling mechanisms on and off campus.

Meet Andrea

Andrea Santiago, andreavs@live.unc.edu

Andrea Santiago serves as the Assistant Director of Health Promotion and Public Health Messaging as part of the Department of Student Wellness and Safety for the Richards Administration.

Andrea Santiago is a senior double majoring in Psychology and Public Policy, minoring in Education. Prior to her current role as Assistant Director of Health Promotion and Public Health Messaging in the Richards Administration, Andrea served as the co-chair of the student safety and wellness committee in the Moseley Administration. She is passionate about health, accessibility, and community at Carolina, and values wellness, advocacy, and empowerment for all.


Department Values and Goals

Equity, Access, and Quality.

These three values form the foundation of the work that the Department of Student Wellness and Safety sets out to achieve in the 2021-2022 school year. These values carry with them a dedication to transparently improving resources and policies for mental health, physical wellness, social and emotional wellbeing, sexual and gender-based violence prevention, and campus safety for all students of every identity. We recognize the harm that has been experienced by Carolina students due to inadequacy, inaccessibility, and discrimination present in the campus’ approaches to student wellness and safety, both in the past and present. It is our goal to unapologetically and unceasingly advocate for student health, wellness, and safety in every conversation and at every table, charting a new course for the Department within Undergraduate Student Government that will last beyond our individual tenures in Chapel Hill. We also recognize the incredible work that students across campus have done and continue to do for student wellness and safety. Our Department seeks to create intentional relationships, partnerships, and coalitions to amplify and support the work of students in other departments, branches, and outside of student government. Together, we can create a Carolina which serves the health, wellness, and safety needs of every Tar Heel.


Department Initiatives for the Richards Administration

  1. Rebuilding and rechartering of the Mental Health Coalition
  2. Analysis and dissemination of best practices for departmental support of mental health, inclusion, and peer support
  3. Reform of training and accountability for sexual and gender-based violence within Greek life
  4. Institution of internal USG policy for sexual harassment and violence
  5. Improvement of resources for peer support within student organizations
  6. Creation of student experience-informed policing practices including unarmed officer response and mental health crisis response teams
  7. Reduction of stigma and greater awareness in discussing and accessing mental health resources
  8. Improvement of nutrition and quality in campus dining services
  9. Reform of uninformed notions of physical health and wellness in campus recreation and LFIT requirements
  10. Advocating for additional social and emotional health supports in the context of COVID-19 impacts to campus