Meet the Staff

Marian R. Vasser, M.Ed.

Director of Diversity Education and Inclusive Excellence

Executive Director of Diversity and Equity

Acting Director, Women's Center

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Phone: 502-852-2252 


Phyllis Webb, Program Coordinator

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Phone: (502) 852-7715

Phyllis joined the U of L family in 1975 as a Public Information Officer after working one year as a reporter for a local newspaper. She received her undergraduate degree from Western Kentucky University in 1974 and a Masters in Education, College Student Personnel from U of L in 2000. She has worked in various areas of public relations for the MAEP office and as a Student Development Specialist.

Her work in the Women’s Center includes coordinating the newsletter, spearheading the Women's Empowerment Luncheon, Women's History Month Calendar, Kentucky Women's Book Festival, various other programs and she serves as Advisor to the Student-Parent Association & Women Veterans Support Group


Jamieca Jones, Program Coordinator

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Phone: (502) 852-8891

Jamieca Jones is a 2013 UofL graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Psychology and a minor in Women and Gender Studies. She is currently working on a Masters of Science in Social Work and a Masters of Art in Women and Gender Studies.

Her work in the Women’s Center includes social media, managing the Women's Center website, coordinating Campus Talks, programs for women on the Health Sciences Campus, assisting with the planning of the student group events such as the International Women’s Day program, Human Trafficking Awareness Conference, and various other programs. She says it was these events that made her eager to continue work at the center. “The Women’s Center helped me find that power within myself and I want others on campus to have that experience as well.”

She serves as Advisor to the  Association of University Women (AAUW) at UofL,  UNA-Women at UofL Women 4 Women Student Board and the Feminist Social Justice Leadership LLC

In her position, her goals are to “bring more awareness on campus of the Women’s many programs,  help create programs that the students want, strengthen the connections with the university’s other awesome departments, and ultimately empower women (and men, too, of course).” She also is very involved with the community.

Jamieca loves to listen and dance to music, have fun adventures with friends, travel, try cultural foods and “cheer on my Cards!"


  Patsy Russel, Administrative Assistant

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Phone: (502) 852-8976

Patsy has been a fixture on the U of L campus since 1970 having worked under five male directors and one Assistant VP as Secretary and most recently, Administrative Assistant in the former Office of Black Affairs, Minority Services, Minority Affairs and MAEP. She joined the Women's Center in 2008 where she works as Administrative Assistant where she handles the day-to-day operations and assisting with programs sponsored by the Women's Center. 

Soukaina Tarraf, Feminist Social Justice Leadership LLC Liaision


Soukaina is currently a graduate student working on her Masters of Art in Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies (WGST). She earned her English Linguistics and Culture degree at Ibn Tofail University in Morocco. She is currently involved with: the International Center community, Oasis Organization, Women 4 Women Student Board, Peace & Justice group, Fulbright Alumnus and Health Equity & Rightful Treatment. She enjoys traveling, dancing and learning about new cultures. 

“I'm very honored and excited to be a part of the Women's Center Team! I'm looking forward to a year full of fun learning, helping each other, growing and fighting for peace and justice."


Work Study Students

The U of L Women’s Center employs a number of federal work study students during the year. They design flyers and other promotional material for the office, represent the office at various tabling events and meetings, work on committees and also develop a project of interest that would also meet the mission of the center.