Anne Huhman, a campus leader in sexual assault prevention and survivor support and advocacy work, is the next director of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center.
Huhman has served as SAPAC’s interim director since May 2022. Her appointment as director began April 1.
“SAPAC provides vital, sensitive support for the Ann Arbor campus community, and it is critical that the director have a deep understanding of the work,” said Vice President for Student Life Martino Harmon. “Anne is precisely that: a consummate and compassionate leader whose contributions to the U-M community through SAPAC have led to new and innovative approaches to this work.”
Huhman brings nearly two decades of experience supporting and educating the Ann Arbor campus community through her work at SAPAC. Since first joining the center in 2005 as a graduate assistant intern, she has served in nearly every role — from policy and research coordinator, grant project director and crisis intervention specialist to advocate, program manager, associate director and interim director.
Through each position, Huhman helped expand and diversify SAPAC’s offerings to support and advocate for survivors, coach and mentor student staff and volunteers, deliver trainings and build prevention programs, and create strong partnerships across campus and in the broader community.
“I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead this organization that is near and dear to my heart, and in a community that I care about so deeply,” Huhman said.
“Over the last 18 years, I have had the privilege to work with a dynamic team and campus partners to help build SAPAC into what it is today — an organization that comprehensively addresses a very complex social justice, human rights, and public health issue. I look forward to building upon this momentum and collectively enacting a bold vision for the future.”
As interim director, Huhman led the center’s growth and expansion of staff while centering its racial justice work, which included launching internal inclusive hiring practices that led to greater staff diversity.
In addition, she spearheaded efforts to create a culture of belonging across the organization and expanded sexual and gender-based misconduct prevention education efforts with the university’s graduate student community.
“The breadth and depth of experiences, expertise, skill, compassion, energy and commitment that Anne brings to this role are commendable,” said Laura Blake Jones, associate vice president for student life and dean of students. “We are fortunate to have Anne assume the leadership of SAPAC on a permanent basis and shape the future of this important work across campus.”
Huhman received her master’s degree in social work from U-M in 2006, with a concentration in community organizing, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and strategic communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2002.
Huhman succeeds Kaaren M. Williamsen, who served as SAPAC director from 2017 through the end of the winter 2022 term, when she became the director of the university’s new PEAR unit within the Equity, Civil Rights, and Title IX Office.