Health Services will cosponsor workshop on social media, domestic violence

The Penn State Beaver Health Services Office, Crisis Center North and the Women’s Center of Beaver County will co-sponsor a program called “Get the Message: Social Media’s Influence on Domestic Violence, Sexual & Social Behavior” at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 11, in the Student Union Building Lodge.

The program is open to students, faculty and staff. Darla Barie will be the guest speaker and will involve the audience in a discussion about the ongoing impact of social media on the sexual and psychological behavior of men and women of all ages. Barie is a community educator and volunteer coordinator for Crisis Center North, which is a Pittsburgh-based organization that provides numerous support services for victims of sexual and domestic violence.

As a survivor of sexual and domestic assault and abuse, Barie educates audiences about these topics by providing information on how to recognize abuse, how to seek help personally or for friends and family, how to cope with the aftermath of violence and how to increase awareness and prevention of domestic violence. Barie has delivered keynote addresses at the Pittsburgh Association of the Deaf, the University of Pittsburgh, Slippery Rock University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, La Roche College and Community College of Allegheny County. She has also attended domestic violence conferences for deaf victims in Salt Lake City and Rochester, N.Y. She holds a master’s degree in sociology from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Funding support is provided by the Beaver campus Student Activity Fee. The program is coordinated by Beaver campus nurse Barb Kugel, who can be contacted in the Office of Health Services at or 724-773-3955.

Last Updated February 10, 2014