Wendy Purdy, MSP Coordinator, is an innovative social worker and performance artist with ample experience working with diverse populations across the lifespan. A passionate storyteller and performer; they have always loved the stage and the possibility of what can be felt. At the University of Oregon they earned their B.S. in Communication Disorders and Sciences with a minor in Writing, Critical Reasoning, and Public Speaking. On campus, they participated in sexual violence prevention education programs which utilize elements of theatre and experiential learning to build empathy and accountability within communities on campus and beyond. In 2018 they directed the Men’s Story Project at the U of O with support from the Men’s Center, campus groups and community members. Wendy has served as a Youth Minister, Youth Advocate and Service Coordinator for at-potential youth. They believe in manifesting collaboratively to name and mitigate barriers to further individual and community goals. As a performance artist, Wendy enjoys creating works that celebrate embodiment, norm-breaking, and liberation of spirit. Professionally, they work as a Case Manager for a permanent supported housing program and as a Crisis Worker for a crisis line.

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