Mariana assists in providing Title IX training to students, faculty and staff, coordinating the WVU Peer Advocate Program, and organizing the University’s “It’s On Us” campaign. Mariana also serves as a private resource to students, faculty or staff who have been involved in Title IX related incidents.
Mariana is a proud alumna of West Virginia University in 2011 and 2013. She joined the Equity Assurance team in November 2015 and loves educating students, faculty, and staff about Title IX.
Mariana is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. In 2011, she graduated with a Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies degree from WVU. After began running her own childcare before returning to WVU and completing her Master of Public Administration and Healthcare Administration in 2015.
In 2014, she became the Grant Resource Associate in the Office of Wellness and Health Promotion, where she managed a grant awarded to the University by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women. She developed a number of initiatives at the University that remain in place to this day, including the WVU Peer Advocate Program.
Ms. Matthews also created the pilot program that exists today through the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in which students are trained on national, state, university policies, immediate crisis intervention, cultural and societal norms, as well as how to be an effective bystander and resource for those effected by violence.
As the University’s Title IX Education Specialist, Ms. Matthews is working to ensure that more students, organizations, and faculty/staff know their policy, their rights, their obligations, and how they can receive help. Not only does she teach two separate academic courses to train new WVU Peer Advocates, Ms. Matthews also hosts a slew of trainings to different student organizations and departments across the campus regarding Title IX and what rights are afforded to both victim and accused.
As passionate as Ms. Matthews is about her work at West Virginia University, there are only three things she loves more: her amazing son, Julian, traveling the world, and WVU Baseball. Besides listening to comedy and reading Star Wars, Mariana has dedicated her career to ending violence on our great campus.