Assistant Director for Educational Initiatives

Amanda Downey (


  • BAA Interpersonal Communication, Central Michigan University- 2002
  • Master of Education (M.Ed.), Grand Valley State University– 2004


Amanda spent two years serving as a Sexual Aggression Peer Advocate at Central Michigan University. As a graduate student working in alcohol education, she worked in the Women’s Center assisting in the development of a sexual assault peer education group.  In her first professional role, she developed Take Back the Night and several other programs for the Women's Center.  Amanda has been the keynote speaker for Take Back the Night at the University of Denver as well as the YWCA Grand Rapids. She has served on sexual assault policy development task forces, presented at regional and national conferences and wrote her master’s thesis on rape myth acceptance.

The past seven years she has been working in Housing and Residence Life.  After several years as a Residence Hall Director in Massachusetts, she moved to Stony Brook, NY and became an Assistant Director of Residence Life, focusing her attention on the training and development needs for 34 professional staff members.  She supervised a staff of 5 Residence Hall Directors, responded to emergency student needs as a member of the emergency response team and was responsible for the daily operations of an office serving over 1,000 students.  Amanda has extensive experience working with college students and creating programming to reach out to the campus community, which includes teaching several classes, such as a master’s level student development theory course and a peer education class designed to teach the campus community about HIV/AIDS. 

Amanda likes spending time with family and friends, reading a good book on the beach, watching movies, travelling, and laughing with her husband.


"I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day." ~Elwyn Brooks White

"Lean upon me; I’ll lean upon you; We’ll be ok."  ~Dave Matthews Band