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About CARE

Our Mission

CARE (Campus Advocacy, Resources & Education) is an intervention and prevention support program committed to ending sexual violence at UC Riverside. We seek to unite, inspire and cultivate a community culture of care by providing direct advocacy, resources and prevention educational programming related to issues of sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking to students, staff, faculty and UCR affiliates. 

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 creating social change through 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.

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Our Core Values

 

  • 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.
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