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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 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/initiatives aimed at responding and preventing violence through an intersectional framework. She has served as a community case manager, sexual violence support program manager and 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 assists CARE staff in developing prevention education efforts, advocacy services/response and supports survivors of sexual and relationship violence as a confidential CARE Advocate. Karla is a proud UC Riverside alumna having graduated with degrees in anthropology and ethnic studies.

Karla currently serves as the Region VI Knowledge Community Representative for NASPA’s newly established Sexual and Relationship Violence Prevention, Education, and Response (SRVPER) Knowledge Community.

 

 

 
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.

 

 

 
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.

 

 

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.

 

 

CARE Student Assistants

Vidhi Dave

Vidhi Dave

Hello! I’m Vidhi Dave, a 3rd-year Biochemistry major. I got involved in violence prevention work during my first year through my sorority, Alpha Chi Omega. I am working as a CARE student assistant, and my focuses are increasing fraternity and sorority involvement in both education and prevention as well as building knowledge on healthy habits. I am very excited to work with all of my friends and family 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, ask me if pineapple belongs on pizza; I’m always ready and willing to debate!
 

Skyler Lewis

Skyler Lewis

Hello everyone, I am a fourth year Biology major with a minor in Math. I am a part of the Women's basketball team on campus and this is my first year as a Student 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 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.
 

 

Karla Noriega

Karla Noriega

Hello! My name is Karla Noriega, and I am a 4th-year Sociology major. I currently work under the CARE Department as a Student Program Assistant overseeing the SAVE Peer Program, whose mission is to educate the student population on the topics of Consent and Bystander Intervention in order to create a more safe college campus. My interests involve playing volleyball, hanging out with friends, and spending time with my family.
 

Cynthia Oliveras

Cynthia Olivares

Hi y’all! My name is Cynthia Olivares, I am a 4th-year Political Science major with an emphasis in Public Service and minor in Sociology. I had the opportunity to be a SAVE peer educator my junior year and am now a CARE Student Assistant focusing on programs for Costo Hall and International Students. My goal is to cultivate collaborative relationships with the many resource centers on this campus so that we can better discuss and educate our campus community about sexual violence. In my spare time I enjoy hanging out with my friends, hiking, and listening to music.

 

Gabriel Sherzada

Gabriel Sherzada

Hello everyone. My name is Gabriel Sherzada and I am a fourth year Political Science and Sustainability Studies major here at UCR. I am currently the Outreach Coordinator for the CARE Office and specialize in issues pertaining to the intersectional dimensions of sexual violence and how the impacts of rape culture, privilege, and power are felt by  marginalized communities. In my role, I hope to broaden the discussion of sexual violence prevention to areas such as policy, media, allyship, and inclusivity. In my time at UCR I have held positions that engage in advocacy work in the form of peer to peer education. I currently hold positions through the LGBT Resource Center as a Community Outreach Educator and  currently serve as an ambassador for the Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies as a Sustainability Studies Student Ambassador. In these positions I value incorporating a dialogue concerned with gendered violence and violence prevention.
 

 

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 2018-2019 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.

 

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