JSVAC is an inclusive and diverse SGA-led student committee, originally formed as a branch of the Sexual Violence Prevention Alliance (SVPA) as a result of the Presidential Task Force on Sexual Violence recommendations. Our vision is to create a campus where all students, faculty, and staff are protected and supported on all matters related to sexual and domestic violence. The Committee tracks and recommends changes in policy from the Federal and State to the University System and Institute levels. In addition to this, we work to expand the resources available on and off campus to survivors as well as suggest changes for pre-existing resources. As a whole, JSVAC serves as the eyes and ears on the ground about what is happening on campus with regard to sexual violence and related policies, and regularly connects with VOICE, Stamps Health Services and senior administration to ensure that the student needs are being met.
Riya Bhanushali (She/Her)
Riya is a rising third-year Neuroscience major with a minor in Health and Medical Sciences from Johns Creek, Georgia. She has been a member of JSVAC for the last two semesters which ignited her passion for sexual harassment prevention. In addition to this, she has served as the co-head for the diversity and inclusion committee for Alpha Kappa Psi during spring of 2021. She is passionate about improving healthcare disparities and is involved in several organizations that combat this issue such as Buzz Mobile where she serves as the volunteer coordinator. Outside of campus organizations, Riya is an undergraduate researcher at the Kubanek Lab where she focuses on drug discovery.
She enjoys running and working out, singing and exploring new parts of Atlanta. Riya is also a huge fan of the show “Masterchef”, although can’t really cook herself.
Sexual Violence Prevention Alliance (SVPA)
The SVPA is composed of students, faculty, and staff focused on addressing issues of sexual and domestic violence/abuse on campus. SVPA meets monthly to discuss new initiatives launched to raise awareness of sexual violence and to support survivors. The JSVAC will be working with everyone on the SVPA to better support survivors and to ensure that sexual/domestic violence has no place in the Georgia Tech Community.