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CARE Staff

Meet Our Friendly Staff

 

Karla Aguilar, M.S.W. Interim Director & CARE Advocate
Karla Aguilar, M.S.W.
Director & CARE Advocate
She/Her/Hers
(951) 827-5669, karla.aguilar@ucr.edu

Karla’s passion for empowering students, staff and faculty impacted by sexual and relationship violence has led her to develop and implement several higher-education efforts aimed at responding and preventing violence through an intersectional framework. She has served as a community case manager, sexual violence support program manager and campus prevention education specialist in the greater Los Angeles area, she is a certified sexual assault/domestic violence counselor advocate and is now in her current role at UC Riverside. Karla is a UC Riverside alumna having graduated in Anthropology/Ethnic Studies and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California concentrating in Community Organization, Planning and Administration (COPA).

A Little Bit About Me

  • Favorite Hobbies: Being outdoors, weightlifting and bachata/salsa dancing
  • Favorite Book, Movie, or TV Show: Too many to choose from!
  • A Unique Accomplishment: I am a proud first-generation college graduate
  • Recommended Reading: Decolonizing Trauma Work: Indigenous Stories and Strategies by Renee Linklater

 

 

 
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!

 

 

 
Rosanna Cacace-Zakhir, M.A.
Assistant Director of Prevention Education
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!

 

 

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.

 

 

Anna Espinosa
Anna Espinosa
Intake & Project Coordinator
She/Her/Hers
(951) 827-6225, anna.espinosa@ucr.edu

Anna graduated from UC Irvine with a degree in Psychology and Social Behavior and has been working in the victim services field for seven years. Prior to working for UC Riverside she was the coordinator for California’s Statewide Victim Advocate Training Program, offering a variety of educational courses for all of our state’s district attorney based victim advocates. Additionally, she was part of the subject matter expert team responsible for developing a regional response protocol and training for incidents of mass violence throughout the state. She has also served on Orange County’s Crisis Response Team and spent several years working as an advocate with the multidisciplinary Child Abuse Services Team in Orange County.

A Little Bit About Me

  • Favorite Hobbies: Running, painting, backpacking, and playing with my dog Griffin
  • Favorite Book, Movie, or TV Show: Anything scifi or having to do with space
  • A Unique Accomplishment: I have run five half marathons in the last five months
  • Recommended ListeningCounter/Weight, a season of the table top role play game podcast "Friends at the Table"

 

 

CARE Student Assistants

Vidhi Dave

Bailey Campbell

Hello everybody! My name is Bailey Campbell and I am a fourth year Psychology major. I'm hoping to go on to graduate school to earn my doctorate in Clinical Psychology and change the perspective on LGBTQ people within psychology. I've had the opportunity to be part of CARE since my sophomore year as a SAVE peer educator. Currently I am the Outreach Coordinator fo rthe CARE office where I strive to provide the UCR campus with a deeper understanding of the CARE office and the resources we provide. In my free time I enjoy doing various crafts, such as painting, drawing, knitting, and sewing. 
 

Vidhi Dave

Vidhi Dave

Hi everyone! My name is Vidhi Dave. I'm a 4th year Biochemistry major and a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority. I got involved in violence prevention work my first year through my sorority's philanthropy of DVA as well as volunteering with Brothers and Sisters Against Violence (BSAV). This is my second year working as a student assistant in the CARE office and I have now taken the reigns of BSAV. My major focuses this year are increasing fraternity and sorority involvement in both education and prevention as well as building the community's knowledge on healthy habits. I am very excited to work with all of my friends in the fraternity and sorority community! I also love going on hikes, traveling, listening to the latest and greatest music, and spending time with my puppy. If you catch me walking around campus, say hello!

 

Naariah Johnson

Hello everyone! My name is Naariah Johnson and I am a 3rd year Liberal Studies major. I began working with the CARE office as a SAVE peer educator my sophomore year, and I am now the Student Program Assistant for the SAVE Peer Program. As an overseer, I work with our volunteers to facilitate campus outreach campaigns to educate the campus population on topics such as consent, rape culture, healthy relationships and bystander intervention. This, in turn, will help to create a safer campus environment for all individuals who attend UCR. My interests involve shopping, decorating, and exploring the world around me. 
 

Skyler Lewis

Skyler Lewis

Hello everyone, I am a fifth year Biology major. I am the Co-President of the Student Athlete Advisory committee, on the women's basketball team on campus and this is my second year as a CARE assistant. I am aspiring to continue my education post grad and work towards becoming a doctor. I am looking forward to working with this office as well as the Athletics department through my last year to help promote and facilitate healthy relationships and safety on campus. In my free time I like to go on hikes, watch movies, read, draw and paint.

 

Derek Wu

Derek Wu

Hello! My name is Derek Wu and I am currently a 4th year Asian American Studies major. I first became involved with CARE through the SAVE peer educator program and now I have the amazing opportunity to work as a CARE student assistant creating programs for Costo Hall. My goal is to integrate intersectionality and diversity to the CARE programs regarding topics such as consent and bystander intervention in the different resource halls at UCR. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my best friend, Pillow my doggo.
 

 

CARE Partners

Jessica Moronez

Jessica Moronez

Jessica is a PhD candidate in the department of Sociology at UCR. She has worked with students and families affected by violence as a peer advocate and hotline advocate throughout her academic career. She is currently serving as the GSA Diversity and Inclusion Academic Liaison (DIAL) for the 2019-2020 academic year. As the GSA DIAL, she is available to support and educate graduate students on issues related to sexual violence and sexual harassment as well as racial, gender, ability, etc. discrimination. Her confidential CARE office hours are on Tuesdays 2-3pm in Skye Hall and her non-confidential hours are on Wednesdays 2-4pm in HUB 203.