CARE (Campus Advocacy, Resources & Education) is an intervention and prevention support program dedicated to ending sexual violence at UC Riverside. We seek to inspire and cultivate a culture of care by providing resources, advocacy and educational programming related to issues of sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking.
Our Story and Vision
In 2015, UC Riverside established the CARE office with the arrival of Naddia Palacios,
founding CARE director and advocate. The CARE office and its mission emerged out of
the ideas, conversations and recommendations that over 100 UC students, faculty, staff,
survivors and advocates developed during the 2014 University of California President’s Task Force on Prevention and Responding
to Sexual Violence and Assault. CARE was developed to provide the UCR community with an office of advocacy and support,
a safe and supportive environment for survivors, and training and educational resources
related to violence prevention. The CARE office at UCR is fully committed to supporting
this vision and continues to push forth. We invite you to be a part of this mission.
Our Core Values
These five core values embody our office culture, spirit and dedication to sexual
and relationship violence education, prevention and advocacy. They keep us aligned
and present by helping us to make decisions on everything from how we facilitate trainings
and programs to how we work with survivors in our community.
- Empowerment. Serving others with integrity and with a commitment to self-determination, we believe
that survivors, active bystanders and communities are experts in their own lives.
Working from a strengths-based framework allows us to acknowledge that all community
members can be resourceful, resilient and unique in the face of adversity and growth.
- Meeting individuals and communities where they are at. Because individuals come from varying life experiences with various educational, developmental
and knowledge levels in violence prevention and intervention, we believe starting
from a place of humility and understanding can cultivate safety and trust as we grow
individually and communally.
- Inclusivity. Being inclusive of the intersecting identities, stories, histories and experiences
of various individuals and communities is critical to how we challenge oppression,
violence, privilege and an individual’s experience of these issues. It's through the
lens of inclusivity that we bring to light injustices, inequalities and struggles
that are faced by specific communities. By being inclusive we seek to create spaces
where all individuals feel included, safe, present, connected and supported unconditionally.
- Culture of care. Cultivating respect and valuing the dignity and worth of a person is one of the ultimate
goals of violence prevention. In caring deeply for others through education and advocacy,
we seek to transform and elevate the value of human relationships in our community.
- Collaboration through community. Community building is the heart of our work. We acknowledge that community progress and social change activism aren't possible without reciprocal relationships with others. Being transparent and honest in our prevention, education and intervention efforts allows for a deeper understanding of how to improve, build and expand our services, and further connect with our community and their needs.