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The mission of the Women's Center is to advocate, educate, empower, and provide a safe environment for ALL students. The Women's Center Provides: campus and community-wide programming and education on gender equality, students with access to resources, a safe place to voice concerns/questions/ideas, counseling by a licensed mental health counselor, referrals to community and campus resources, and a central point of contact for victims of sexual assault, stalking, dating violence, or domestic abuse.
The Women's Center is part of the Counseling and Health Care Department. The Center has direct and confidential access to such professional personnel as RNs, nurse practitioners, licensed mental health practitioners, licensed clinical social workers, and licensed addictions counselors. The Center's staff receives crisis intervention specialty training through the SAFE Center--Kearney's relationship violence and domestic abuse shelter. Additionally, Women and Gender Studies work collaboratively with the Center to provide resources and support.
Wendy Schardt, originally from a small town in Pennsylvania, began her professional career working with victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence in an outpatient clinic in Baltimore city and eventually transitioned into school based mental health through a community based program managed by Johns Hopkins hospital. Several years later, Wendy was drawn to the energy of the DC metropolitan area where she continued her interest in school mental health and eventually juvenile justice and change management.
Wendy holds a Master of Science Degree in Art Therapy from Eastern Virginia Medical School and is a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner in Nebraska, with a certification in Professional Counseling. She is also a National Certified Counselor and a Registered Art therapist, Board Certified. Most recently, Wendy extended her education in Wellington, New Zealand, as a specialized trainer in Family Group Conferencing, a family engagement system in Child welfare that was adapted by the District of Columbia’s Juvenile Justice Agency in 2010. In addition to her clinical background, she is a Certified Public Manager and holds a Greenbelt certification in Six Sigma from George Washington University’s Center for Excellence in Public Leadership. She has held several executive leadership positions in her career, most recently as Director of Behavioral Health Programs for an acute care facility in Washington DC, focused on the treatment of severe and acute mental illnesses in an inner urban population.
Throughout her career, she has demonstrated several areas of expertise, including but not limited to: art psychotherapy, co-occurring disorders, leadership, management, hospital systems, juvenile justice evidence-based practices, civil forensic matters (e.g. civil commitment legal proceedings), and healthcare finance.
On a personal note, Wendy took great delight in serving as a mentor for a faith-based after school program in the District of Columbia for several years and was a participant in an AIDs education mission trip to Zambia, Africa in 2007. She enjoys globetrotting when she is not working and has traveled to England, Belgium, France, Italy, Norway, Istanbul, Dubai, Spain, Portugal to name a few. She is an artist who tries to find time to write, paint and sketch when she is not studying road maps of Nebraska or spending time with her family.
Academic Year: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Phone: (308) 865.8279
UNK Women's Center
Memorial Student Affairs Building, Suite #158
2510 11th Avenue, Kearney, NE 68849