Advocating for Children’s Health and Safety
After escaping an abusive home and serving in the U.S. Navy for 22 years, Christina Dalpiaz ’07, MS in Psychology, focused her career on creating safe havens for children. In 1996, she founded CHANCE (Changing How Adults Nurture Children’s Egos), a nonprofit agency that trains adults to be advocates for children’s health and safety. As an award-winning author and nationally recognized expert on preventing child abuse and domestic violence, Dalpiaz has been featured on CNN International, the Dr. Drew show, and Women’s Radio Network. Recently, she has focused her work on ending the stigmatizing labels society assigns to those dealing with mental illness or substance abuse. “By changing labels, language, and attitudes toward those in pain, they are much more willing to open up and empower themselves,” she says.