Building something special

This Tiger was attracted to Clemson because of its people — her colleagues, the president and his vision and students who were “ok with thinking big.” Her goal is to create a sense of community around the prevention of sexual assault and relationship abuse.

Meet Megan Fallon.

Title: Interpersonal violence prevention coordinator

Years at Clemson: 3

What I do at Clemson: I am responsible for educating faculty, staff and students on violence prevention and Title IX.

What I love about Clemson: I love the energy and resiliency of our students. I work with some students who have endured traumatic experiences. It’s really incredible to watch them grow into stronger persons after facing challenges. I also enjoy working with the graduate students in our office and seeing them apply what they are learning in the classroom to programmatic ways that build community and prevent interpersonal violence. I also love going to the women’s basketball games with my kids. My 4-year old daughter loves seeing the women play and I love seeing her smile so it’s a win/win, regardless of the outcome of the game.

Accomplishment I’m most proud of: I’ve done so many things I am proud of that it’s hard to name just one. My biggest accomplishment in life has been being a mom to my two amazing children Amelia, 4 ,and James, 5 months. They are, by far, my greatest adventure, accomplishment and love. At work, I’d say the time I worked with the It’s on Us students to bring former Vice President Joe Biden to campus to talk about sexual assault. I was in my office planning Domestic Violence Awareness Month with my then graduate student assistant Taylor Tyson and  It’s On Us president Joey Wilson. Joey came in and shared that he had been on the phone with Biden as part of his recent appointment to the national It’s On Us student board I had nominated him for. He then said, how amazing would it be to have Joe Biden come here and talk about sexual assault? I shared that when I was an undergrad, I was working full time as an advocate after being hired out of my internship. I had actually met and interviewed Joe Biden as part of my senior thesis on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). At that time in 2004, VAWA was up for re-authorization, and I was meeting with lawmakers to encourage them to support VAWA’s full re-authorization. After Biden gave a speech, I went to try to get a quick picture with him and told him I was writing my thesis about VAWA and he offered me an interview on the spot to help with my thesis research! Once I shared this story with Joey and Taylor, they just looked at me and said, “We’re going to make this happen. We can do this.” Students always remind me of the importance to think big.

Where I see myself in five years: You know, it’s hard to say. I hope to be on the sidelines of some sport my kid is playing, or a concert of an instrument they are playing and just taking life in. I don’t have a five-year plan because, truthfully, I’m content with where I am in life and I’m trying my best to stay present during this precious time with my kids.

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