Meet Our Friendly Staff






Naddia Palacios, M.Ed.
Director and CARE Advocate

(951) 827-6225,

Naddia approaches her work through a social justice lens. The programs and services she creates have one single purpose — to empower the individuals participating in them. She has worked in higher education addressing issues of sexual violence intervention and prevention, equity, diversity, identity and access. She has experience developing policy and implementing university-wide programs, community-specific trainings and crisis response protocols. Naddia earned a bachelor’s degree in Latin American studies from San Diego State University, and a master’s degree in postsecondary administration and student affairs from the University of Southern California. She is a trained sexual assault and domestic violence counselor/advocate.

“We strive to create programs and services that empower, build resiliency, and treat everyone with respect and dignity.”



Karla Aguilar



Karla Aguilar, M.S.W.
Assistant Director and CARE Advocate

(951) 827-5669,

Karla graduated with her Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California concentrating in Community Organization, Planning and Administration (COPA). Her passion for helping those impacted by sexual and relationship violence has led her to organize and implement several higher-education programs and initiatives aimed at preventing violence through an intersectional framework. She has served as a community case manager and sexual violence support program manager in the greater Los Angeles area, is as a certified sexual assault/domestic violence counselor advocate and is now in her current role at UC Riverside. She helps oversee services and outreach for survivors/victims of sexual and relationship violence. Karla is a proud UC Riverside alumna having graduated with degrees in anthropology and ethnic studies.

“CARE hopes to inspire respect, compassion, love and empathy with every survivor we serve and every prevention dialogue we facilitate.”



Lisa Chu



Lisa Chu, M.S.
Violence Prevention Coordinator

(951) 827-7553,

Lisa has worked with sexual assault survivors and sexual violence prevention for more than 10 years. After graduating from UC Riverside, Lisa worked at the Orange County Rape Crisis Center as a staff sexual assault counselor for seven years. During this time, she received her Master's in counseling in marriage and family therapy. She currently oversees efforts on the campus to integrate sexual violence and interpersonal violence prevention and education. She also advises the Sexual Assault & Violence Education (SAVE) peer education program, which trains students to educate other students about sexual violence and relationship violence issues and resources.


“We have the ability to empower and support one another and create change on this campus.”