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Meet Our Staff

Rosanna Cacace Zakhir
Rosanna Cacace-Zakhir, M.A.
Interim Director
She/Her/Hers
(951) 827-4841, rosanna.cacacezakhir@ucr.edu

Rosanna graduated with her M.A. in English Studies from California State University, Los Angeles. She has a long history working in prevention education. Rosanna spent 9 years as the Senior Community Health Educator for Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley (PPPSGV). Since 2009, Rosanna developed a variety of comprehensive sex education programs and founded PPPSGV’s peer advocate program. After departing from Planned Parenthood, Rosanna worked as the Violence Prevention Coordinator for the University of California, Irvine’s Campus Assault Resources and Education Office (CARE) where she implemented violence prevention education for students, faculty and staff and spearheaded a campus wide initiative to engage male-identified youth in violence prevention education. Her dedication and passion for social justice motivates her to provide an all-inclusive and intersectional framework to higher learning.

A Little Bit About Me

  • Favorite Hobbies: Cooking and writing
  • Favorite Book, Movie, or TV Show: Book - My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante; TV Show - Grey's Anatomy
  • A Unique Accomplishment: Wrote and performed a one woman show
  • I Recommend: Seeing a play as often as you can!
Nikki Hutchinson
Omonike (Nikki) Hutchinson, M.S.W.
Assistant Director of Advocacy & CARE Advocate
She/Her/Hers
(951) 827-2783, omonike.hutchinson@ucr.edu

Omonike graduated with her Masters in Social Work from California State University of Long Beach and has been working in the social services field for over 10 years. She has served as a community crisis counselor, behavioral interventionist, mentor and community liaison in the greater Los Angeles and Orange County area, she is a certified sexual assault/domestic violence counselor advocate. Additionally, she has provided subject matter expertise on human trafficking for statewide victim advocates training and has served on the Orange County’s Crisis Response Team for incident of mass violence. During her undergraduate studies, Omonike worked at the Cross-Cultural Centers for the University Student Union at California State University of Los Angeles. There she encouraged student learning as well as fostered an inclusive campus environment promoting diversity and cross-cultural awareness. Omonike is looking forward to continuing her passion of advocacy and holistic approaches to healing.

A Little Bit About Me

  • Favorite Hobbies: Traveling and camping
  • Favorite Book, Movie, or TV Show: Criminal Minds
  • A Unique Accomplishment: 2008 NCAA DII Track & Field National Champion and West Regional Athlete of the Year (Cal State LA)
  • I Recommend: Learning how to play an instrument - music is powerful!

 

Karla Aguilar, M.S.W. Interim Director & CARE Advocate
Lisa Chu, M.S.
Violence Prevention Coordinator
She/Her/Hers
(951) 827-4841, lisa.chu@ucr.edu

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.

A Little Bit About Me

  • Favorite Hobbies: Baking & cooking, road trips, and historic architecture
  • Favorite Book, Movie, or TV Show: One of my favorite movies is Elf
  • A Unique Accomplishment: Recently stood on the Four Corners of four states at the same time: Colorado, Utah, Arizona & New Mexico
  • I Recommend: taking a break during the day at the botanic garden on campus for lunch or a picnic

 

 

CARE Student Assistants

Lani
Lani Bihis
she/her/hers
4rd Year Media and Cultural Studies

Hello everyone! My name is Lani Bihis and I am a fourth year Media and Cultural Studies major. I am involved in the FSIC community, specifically as the Panhellenic Council VP of Public Relations and as a member of the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority. Born and raised in San Diego, California, I spend most of my free time involved in the performing arts such as Polynesian dance, choir, violin, and more. I also enjoy traveling and trying new food. Back in my hometown, I am a Day Camp Counselor during the summer, working with kids from ages 5 to 13. Although this is my second year as a CARE Student Staff member and as the BSAV Coordinator, I have been in BSAV since my first year. Being in BSAV and now leading BSAV has been a rewarding opportunity where I can create a safe space where all are welcome to foster healthy relationships with their peers and themselves. One of my goals for the year is to continue to create active culture change within the Fraternity & Sorority community by educating the community and breaking the mold of Greek life stereotypes. I also hope to grow both personally and professionally through this experience with CARE.   

Fatima Roldan
Fatima Roldan
she/her/hers
Psychology

Hi everyone! My name is Fatima Roldan. I am a 4th year Psychology major. I am from the North Bay, specifically Santa Rosa, CA. I have had the opportunity to be involved in CARE since my second year as a SAVE peer educator. This year I have the pleasure to coordinate programs and collaborate with Costo Hall, other student orgs. and International Students. Something I want to accomplish this year is to still be able to connect with the resource halls in Costo Hall amidst the pandemic and hold informative and preventative workshops regarding consent, setting boundaries, healthy relationships etc. In my free time I enjoy trying new foods, working out, and spending time with friends and family.

Marisol Jimenez
Marisol Jimenez
she/her/hers
3rd year Sociology 

Hello everyone, my name is Marisol Jimenez and I am currently a 3rd year Sociology major. I have lived in Riverside County my entire life. After attending freshman Orientation, the CARE office sparked my interest from the beginning and I remember telling myself I wanted to be a part of it one day. I am grateful to say that I later became a SAVE peer Educator and now serve as a CARE Student Staff member with a focus on collaborating with the Ethnic and Gender Centers on campus. I look forward to creating programs that emphasize the values our office holds and bringing enthusiasm to help spread awareness on healthy relationships, consent, and boundaries. Outside of school, I love doing yoga and I enjoy watching drama+psychological thriller movies. I also LOVE to eat at restaurants and try out different foods. I’m excited for this school year with the CARE office!

Sam
Sam Monterroso
she/her/hers
4th Year Public Policy

Hi everyone! My name is Samantha Monterroso, and I am a fourth year Public Policy and Education major from the San Fernando Valley. I have had the great pleasure of being part of the CARE office since my second year. Being the SAVE Peer Coordinator  allows me to work with our SAVE Peers to continue violence prevention education on our campus through campaigning and programming. I am hoping to reach more communities and groups to serve as a reminder of the importance of these topics during our transition back to campus. Our work is not only to protect and preserve our safety and ourselves, but to also create a safer and more prosperous space for all.  I am very excited to see what we come up with this year. In my free time, I love being around nature, listening to music, dancing, watching documentaries and hanging out with friends and family.

CARE Partners

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Isabela Perez  
Social Psychology Doctoral Candidate 
GSA DIAL (Diversity and Inclusion Academic Liaison) 
She/Her/Hers
Email: isabela.perez@email.ucr.edu  

Throughout Isabela’s time in the social psychology doctoral program, she has had the opportunity to work with faculty and students from across disciplines on research initiatives that seek to mitigate social, educational, and health inequities. From these collaborations, Isabela was imparted with valuable lessons about her responsibilities as a social advocate both in her academic work and on campus. In turn, these experiences motivated Isabela to actively seek out roles and programs that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion at UC Riverside. Since 2018, Isabela has served as a graduate student representative in the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Psychology Department and completed the Chancellor’s “Making Excellence Inclusive” Graduate Division Diversity Certificate Program. For the 2020-2021 academic year, Isabela is enthusiastic to serve as the next GSA DIAL (Diversity and Inclusion Academic Liaison). In this role, Isabela is committed to advocating and addressing graduate student concerns as they relate to discrimination and sexual harassment. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, Isabela will be proactive in developing collaborative partnerships with administrative departments to secure the necessary resources and services for graduate students to feel fully supported throughout the entirety of their program. 

 

CARE Staff