Sofia Brewer-Berres, M.A.
Office Manager, Director of Digital and Social Marketing

As the Office Manager of the Institute, I oversee employee onboarding and exit protocols, technology and software support, building and maintenance needs, tenant management, event and workshop planning and preparation, and the various daily needs of our teams and other operational functions. As the Director of Digital and Social Marketing, I  supervise and coordinate our website, social media, and E-Newsletter.

I have a Master’s Degree in Women’s and Gender Studies, and the Institute’s mission lines up perfectly with my own interest in empowerment, especially for those communities that have been historically and systemically oppressed. In earning my degree, my goal was to be able to do something which would encourage those groups’ confidence in themselves and foster a community in which they could thrive. This is why the Institute was a great match for me. By providing integral behind-the-scenes support to our clinical and community education teams, as well as facilitating smooth business operations, I help enable the Institute to make a difference in the lives of all the people we serve.

Education:
• Eastern Michigan University (2015)
M.A. Women’s and Gender Studies: Concentration in Communication and African-American Studies
• Pennsylvania State University (2014)
B.A. Media Studies: Minor in Women’s Studies and Political Science

Presentations and Workshops:

  • Get Social Media Savvy – A Social Media Workshop for Middle School Girls and Parents
  • Body Talk: Get Media Savvy and Body Wise – for Grades 3-8
  • Avenging the Patriarchy: Normalization of Rape Culture in Popular Film screening and discussion

Selected prior experience:

• Co-Chair of the First Annual Eastern Michigan University Women’s and Gender Studies Graduate Conference.
• Conference presentation, “He’s Fast and She’s Weird: Representation of Women in Superhero Films,” Comics and Popular Arts Conference, Atlanta, GA, September 2-5, 2016.
• Produced a thirty-minute documentary film on the normalization of rape culture in popular film for M.A. Thesis.
• Conference presentation, “Can Women Reclaim the Rape Joke?” National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference, Milwaukee, WI, November 12-15, 2015.
• Panel moderator: Rape: Questions of Prevention and Resistance, National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference, Milwaukee, WI, November 12-15, 2015.
• Organized an awareness-raising event for World AIDS Day at Penn State.
• Video Production Intern at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park.