Meet the Coordinators

Jose Carval

Jose Carval
Green Dot Facilitator
Center for Health Advocacy and Wellness

You can contact Jose via phone at (850) 644-6489 or via email at jcarval@fsu.edu.

Describe your role on campus.
I serve as the Power Based Personal Violence Prevention Coordinator. My job is to develop and educate others on ways to prevent power based personal violence in our community. This includes educations on healthy relationships, consent, and culture change on the topic. I also advice the kNOw MORE Student Advisory Board. As a graduate from FSU, I have true love for this campus. It’s great to talk to everyone about how much we care for FSU’s campus and culture. My ultimate goal is to support our community in creating a campus that is free of violence and harassment. Grabbing a coffee and chatting with students about how we can make a difference is by far the best part of my job.

What’s your background and what led you to come to FSU?

I graduated from FSU in 2010 and jumped right into the non-profit world. This led my career to the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence where I spent two years advocating for sexual assault survivors and the crisis center staff who provide 24 hour services for them. All this work got me really thinking, we have all these empowering services available in our state for after someone has been harmed, but what if we could put the same effort in stopping harm from happening first place? That’s when I got involved with Green Dot. It gave me the power to help keep my community safe in both proactive and reactive ways. I was so excited to hear the Green Dot was coming to FSU. I just couldn’t pass up a chance to do something I truly believe in at a place I love. So here I am!

What’s your favorite thing about Florida State University?
The tradition. From the Marching Chiefs #MCATDT, to the legacy walk, the Westcott Fountain, to Mrs. Killings warm and loving smile, FSU is full of such a rich tradition. We carry this through our days on campus and into our post graduate lives after we leave. There are FSU alumni all over the nation and these traditions make us family. I love running into complete strangers who are FSU alum and chatting about all the amazing things our campus has to offer.

What superpower would you most like to have?
I love to travel but I’m not a big fan of the getting from point A to point B part of it, so if I could have a super power it would be the ability to teleport instantly! How awesome would it be to have a rich conversation over lunch with students here in Tallahassee about how we can keep our campus safe later be in Barcelona for dinner without touching an airport?

What is one thing about you that might surprise people?
I love to sing and make music. I can play the bass, some drums, and a bunch of brass instruments (proud band nerd). I’ve sung lead in a few rock bands in the past too.

Anything else you’d like people to know?
I’m just a regular guy. I love video games, my dogs, and I watch sports, but that never stopped me from believing I can make a difference. True change is influenced by everyday people like you and me. Just remember that no one has to do everything, but everyone can do something.

Nell Robinson
Green Dot Coordinator
Center for Health Advocacy and Wellness

You can contact Nell via phone at (850) 644-1584 or via email at jrrobinson2@fsu.edu

Describe your role on campus.
My main role is to coordinate the implantation of the Green Dot program on campus. That’s a very vague way to describe what I actually do on the day-to-day basis. Every day, that looks different. Some days, its facilitating trainings and event planning; other days, it’s connecting with students, faculty, and staff and building relationships with them.

What’s your background and what led you to become the Green Dot Coordinator?
Throughout the professional career, I’ve had many, many jobs – some of them really odd (I once was a dodgeball referee). Some of these jobs were very logical – I needed a paycheck or I was just good at it. My journey to this particular role, however, was more personal than professional. Growing up, I have always been taught that the community is as important as the individual and when I started college, that’s really what I wanted to do – some type of work with community. In college, my life was impacted by power-based personal violence. Years later, while pursuing my Masters of Social Work at FAMU, my advisor introduced me to someone who had a grant working on power-based violence prevention on campus and by pure happenstance, I was offered and took on a role with the grant. Through that role, I fell in love with violence prevention; I loved how relevant it was to me, how impactful and empowering it felt, and how dynamic it was. During that time, I was fortunate enough to be able to attend a Green Dot training at FSU as part of my professional development and that’s when I realized there was something that existed at the intersection of all the things I had loved – community, violence prevention, and empowerment – and it was Green Dot. So when the grant ended and I saw there was an open position, I couldn’t wait to apply and now, I’m super excited to be here!

What’s your favorite thing about Florida State University?

Can I have two favorite things? On my first visit to FSU, I fell in love with the campus itself. The buildings and scenery were so gorgeous and picturesque! But as an FSU alumna, my favorite thing beyond the buildings is the tradition. There is such a vast population of people who attend this university or have graduated from it and yet, we are all connected by these really cool shared experiences that are specific to FSU – like game days in Doak or a warm welcome from Mrs. Killings in Suwannee.

What superpower would you most like to have?
I have spent years considering this question and I finally have the answer: my superpower would be the ability to instantly empty and refill anything. I’d love to be able to refill my cup of coffee, or empty my trash, or refill my gas tank without actually having to stop to do these things, or using money to do them.

What is one thing about you that might surprise people?
I am a baker and a cake decorator. I started baking as a stress relief in undergrad and now it’s like, kind of a big deal. I once won “Most Creative” in a local “Chopped” competition, where I got to compete against actual restaurants. I’ve also been scouted by several TV producers and auditioned for Food Network.

Anything else you’d like people to know?
I love learning about people, their communities, and their histories! I’m really into human interest stories and cultural documentaries. So, I’d love nothing more than to hear from you and learn about you! (Also, I have a dog named Bentley and I’m more than happy to share photos of him)