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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
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!
Michelle Pereira-Henriquez believes in the tenets of survivor recovery through empowerment, community care, and holistic/survivor centered approaches. Overall, she has worked in the social services field for more than 10 years as a trauma therapist, case manager, advocate, mentor, and community facilitator. Most recently she held a role as a Trauma Therapist at the East Los Angeles Women’s Center and worked closely with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and stalking for 9 years providing group and individual therapy as well as other power based violence prevention services through an intersectional lens. Through collaboration between ELAWC and California State University, Los Angeles she served as the Campus Advocate/Coordinator for student survivors. She also collaborated in creating a program based on her thesis focused on offering trauma specific services to Latina domestic workers. During her graduate studies she engaged in therapeutic work involving families and individuals who were seeking ways to navigate trauma and helped guide them to mental wellness through facilitation of individual/group therapeutic support. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, Los Angeles and received her Masters in Social Work from California State University, Long Beach with a specialization in Community Mental Health. She remains committed to maintaining healing centered practices as she continues her work as an advocate at UCR for higher education students and their communities.
A Little Bit About Me
Favorite Hobbies: Reading, camping, and outdoor activities. Astrology/intuitive work. Playing with pets
Favorite Book, Movie, or TV Show: Short Stories by Latin American Women; The Magic and the Real by Celia Correas de Zapata
A Unique Accomplishment: Soon to be a Level 2 Empowerment Self Defense Instructor
I Recommend: Exploration by going to another city or neighborhood and enriching yourself in the local culture. Travel can be accessible in several ways and does not necessarily have to involve interstate or international borders. Atlas Obscura's online guidebook provides some unique things to do!
Rosanna Cacace-Zakhir, M.A.
Assistant Director of Prevention Education
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
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: Recentlystood 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
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: Completed the LA Marathon, 7 half marathons, a 10k, and 4 5ks in the past year
Recommended Listening: Counter/Weight, a season of the tabletop role play game podcast "Friends at the Table"
CARE Student Assistants
Hello everybody! My name is Deo 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 for the 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.