Confidential Drop-In Hours with Gender Violence Services Coordinators

Confidential Drop-In Hours with Gender Violence Services Coordinators

The Gender Violence Services Coordinators (GVSCs) provide confidential support and advocacy for all students, faculty, staff, and post-doctoral fellows of all backgrounds and identities who have experienced or have been impacted by gender-based violence or harassment before or during their time at Carolina.

GVSC Services

The GVSCs can provide the following services:

  • Emotional support
  • Assistance in understanding reporting options and navigating reporting processes
  • Accompaniment to meetings and hearings
  • Referrals to University and community resources
  • Safety planning
  • Assistance with requesting housing and academic accommodations
  • Information and education for University and community groups


LGBTQ Center Drop-In Hours

1st and 3rd Thursdays from 3:00pm - 5:00pm


How to contact the GVSCs

The GVSCs are available to meet with students, faculty, staff, and post-doctoral fellows Monday-Friday 9 am-4 pm.

Email to set up an appointment. Cassidy or Holly will respond to your email within 48 hours or 2 business days.

*Please note: Email is not a secure method of communication, and confidentiality cannot be ensured by email communication. You do not need to disclose any sensitive information about your experience via email in order to contact the GVSCs or schedule a time to meet.

Call Cassidy: 919-962-1343 Holly: 919-962-7430 (Monday-Friday 9am-4 pm only) If Cassidy or Holly is unable to answer, feel free to leave a voicemail if you’re comfortable doing so and one of us will return your call as soon as possible.


Cassidy Johnson

Cassidy graduated from UNC in 2007 with a BA, double-majoring in Psychology and Women’s Studies. After working with Americorps, Cassidy went on to earn an MA from the University of San Diego in Marital and Family Therapy. Cassidy has volunteered with the Orange County Rape Crisis Center since Spring of 2012, completing a 60 hour training to serve as a Companion on the 24 hour crisis line and completing a 30 hour training to serve as a Support Group Facilitator. Cassidy also has experience serving as a Marriage and Family Therapist and has conducted individual, couples, family, and group therapies. Cassidy has experience working with people who have a wide variety of mental health, intellectual, and developmental diagnoses. Cassidy has been HAVEN, Safe Zone, and Green Zone trained and serves as one of the staff facilitators for HAVEN training. Cassidy is the proud owner of a betta fish named Ricky and loves to sit outside at Weaver Street.


Holly Lovern

Holly Lovern serves as one of the Gender Violence Services Coordinators (GVSC). Holly graduated from Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Virginia in 2014 with a BS in Psychology and went on to earn an M.Ed. from the University of South Carolina in Higher Education and Student Affairs in 2016. At USC, Holly worked in Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention & Prevention and provided advocacy for students, faculty, and staff impacted by gender-based harassment and violence. She also developed programming, outreach, and trainings on topics including healthy relationships and consent, supporting survivors of gender violence, gender violence prevention, and bystander intervention. Holly has student affairs experience in new student orientation, the first-year experience, fraternity and sorority life, and academic coaching and advising.