Theresa M. Lacey

University of South Carolina Beaufort

Theresa M. Lacey is soon to be a 2016 cum laude graduate of the University of South Carolina Beaufort's Human Services program. Before enrolling in the program, Theresa was already working at Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse, a local non-profit agency that works to prevent intimate partner violence via education, social policy change and support services to victims.
Both on campus, and in the Lowcountry community, Theresa is a tireless human services professional, advocate, educator and leader. From the beginning of her studies, she has been able to improve her practical effectiveness by implementing the theories, concepts and techniques learned in the classroom. She works one-on-one with victims and speaks at classroom and public events often promoting policy improvement with law enforcement, prosecutors and elected officials. She is truly one of our shining heroines.

Dr. Al M. Panu
University of South Carolina Beaufort

Personal Statement

As my graduation from the University of South Carolina Beaufort approaches, I look forward to continuing my work at Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse (CODA). The impetus for my return to school four years ago was to gain the education to back-up the personal and professional knowledge I have about domestic violence in South Carolina. One of the issues we face with regards to intimate partner violence is a lack of education about its causes, prevention, treatment interventions and best policies to end the abuse. Moving forward, I will be developing programs aimed at specific arenas, such as the judiciary system, which will educate them on how to handle domestic violence and empower victims to become survivors. I also want to increase our community's awareness that intimate partner violence is a social issue, not just a private matter. I will be engaging the community via expanding awareness at events and garnering positive media attention.

Theresa M. Lacey
Human Services: Class of Spring 2016
written 2016

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Karmen Kurtz, UNC Asheville Erin Coggins, UNC Charlotte Juan Emilio García Estrada, Universidad de Monterrey Sonce Reese, University of Baltimore Lillian McEntire, University of Central Arkansas Katie Richard, University of Central Oklahoma Joshua Higginbotham, University of Charleston Elizabeth Charash, University of Connecticut Kayla J. McLaughlin, University of Dayton Ciera Kathryn Blehm, University of Denver Andy Garcia, University of Florida Brittany Shipman, University of Great Falls Rima Nimri, University of Illinois at Chicago Maribel Hernandez, University of La Verne Benjamin Webster, University of Maryland Eastern Shore Rachael Parran, University of Maryland, Baltimore Max Poole, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Joel Colon, University of Massachusetts Boston Chris LaPorte, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Alexis Musick, University of Miami Hawa Ali, University of Minnesota Rochester Daniel Mueller, University of Missouri - St. Louis Mackenzie Lombardi, University of Montana Katelyn Gonczy, University of Mount Union Antonio Campbell, University of Nebraska Omaha Zachary Bolster, University of New Hampshire Michael Elliott, University of New Hampshire - Manchester John Blessing, University of North Georgia Shelby Yates, University of Northern Iowa Caitlin Hodges, University of Notre Dame Jeffrey Wiseman, University of Pennsylvania Ian Kanterman, University of Rhode Island Jennifer Paradis, University of Saint Joseph Jessica Villa, University of San Francisco Theresa M. Lacey, University of South Carolina Beaufort Cindy Kuo, University of Utah Mirella Espino, University of Wisconsin Colleges-University of Wisconsin-Extension Nasitta Keita, University of Wisconsin-Madison Marley Uran, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
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