Dawn has worked with middle and high school youth for over 15 years. Dawn received her bachelor’s degree from Hampshire College in Sexuality Education in 2001 and spent the following two years in Philadelphia answer calls for the city's HIV and reproductive health hotline and coordinating health education services within a juvenile detention facility. At that time Dawn also completed 45 hours of domestic violence advocate training and one year of service as a DV crisis counselor.
In 2003 Dawn moved to New York City to earn her master’s degree in Public Health from Columbia University in the Sexuality, Gender & Health track. During her eight years in NYC she: coordinated HIV prevention/ peer education services for girls in alternative to incarceration, served on the city's Juvenile Justice Coalition Steering Committee and Youth Women of Color HIV/AIDS Coalition, spent four years as the Sexuality Education Specialist in a Children’s Aid Society community school, and worked with a team developing comprehensive sexuality education curriculum for national use in middle school settings.
Dawn is passionate about bringing her experience back to her home town of Evanston, returning in 2012 to work with Y.O.U. program staff and community partners to bring high-quality comprehensive sexuality education programming to all Y.O.U. middle and high school programs and increasing supports and equity for LGBTQ+ youth.