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Briana Conway,
Director
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Joining the UCSB CARE team in winter 2014, I have had the privilege of serving the Gaucho Community of students, staff, and faculty in many empowering and enriching ways.  As a CARE advocate at UCSB I have worked directly with over 200 survivors of sexual assault, dating/domestic violence and stalking. Before traveling across the country from Connecticut to Santa Barbara, I worked as a Victim Advocate at a State Wide Coalition, serving survivors and their families since 2010. I also have a great passion for ending violence in our community and have worked closely with Primary Prevention efforts with my Public Health passions!  During my time at UCSB, I have been able to work at the campus and UC system level to affect change in processes that survivors choose to navigate.

Self-care: I can proudly say that I am not missing east coast winters, although I might indulge in a “puddle selfie” every time it rains! My self-care practice and passion is participating, attending, and organizing parades!


Email: briana_conway@ucsb.edu

 



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Lauren Gunther,
Assistant Director of Prevention Education
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Prior to beginning her role with CARE, Lauren completed her Master’s degree in Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) where her graduate work focused on coalition building among LGBTQ nonprofit organizations within a domestic abuse partnership as a means to create more intersectional approaches to outreach, programming, and services. Her work examined the ways in which nonprofit organizations utilize coalition building as a means to address intersectionality within different communities and was awarded a Distinction for her dissertation. Before beginning graduate school, Lauren worked at Pacific Pride Foundation as the LGBTQ Advocacy Coordinator and managed the Santa Barbara Equality Project, an advocacy program focused on grassroots approaches to LGBTQ equality and policy implementation. She has actively volunteered with several organizations, including Planned Parenthood, and is a UCSB alumni, having completed her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology on campus. Lauren is passionate about social justice work and is excited by the opportunity to work collaboratively on campus to create inclusive and intersectional approaches to prevention education and a safer and more equitable campus culture.


Email: laurenkgunther@ucsb.edu

 



Becca Williams

Becca Williams,
Assistant Director of Advocacy
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Becca was born and raised in Santa Barbara, and has been working in the field of gender equality for the last ten years. She most recently completed a master’s degree in Gender and Development from the Institute of Development Studies in the UK, where she studied the impacts of grant funding on the identity of feminist organizations. Before that, she lived and worked in rural Peru for over two years, directing a non-profit organization dedicated to training community health workers. Becca has lived on five continents, traveled to over 25 countries, and has experience working alongside many diverse groups on social justice issues such as sexual and reproductive health rights and justice and gender-based violence intervention. In her current role, she oversees a team of four advocates in addition to providing advocacy services to both English and Spanish speaking survivors. She is thrilled to be back in her hometown and supporting the UCSB community.

Self-care: My self-care routine constantly changes, and I love picking up new hobbies – recently, I’ve gotten into knitting, cooking, finding new ways to exercise, daydreaming, and writing creative nonfiction.


Email: rsjw@ucsb.edu




Kayla Lopez

Kayla Lopez,
Advocate
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I'm proud to be back at my Alma Mater UCSB where, as a Guardian Scholar, I completed my undergraduate work in Anthropology and Feminist Studies. I am currently pursuing a master’s degree in Social Work at Simmons College focusing on survivors of interpersonal violence. I began my work as an advocate with Domestic Violence Solutions of Santa Barbara County in 2013 and took the opportunity of joining the team of CARE advocates here on campus in 2017. I have served monolingual Spanish speaking individuals and am comfortable with Spanish conversation. I look forward to working with students and to being a part of this campus community once more! 

Email: kaylaelopez@ucsb.edu





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Jamie File,
Advocate
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As a CARE Advocate, I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to work every day with survivors of dating/domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and with those who help to provide a caring community of support for survivors here at UCSB.  I also coordinate the incredible volunteers of the Women, Gender, & Sexual Equity department, who engage their peers in preventing interpersonal violence and building a safer, more equitable community for all Gauchos.  Before coming back to my hometown to join the CARE team, I worked in organizations from Boston to San Francisco focused on supporting survivors, engaging communities in the prevention of violence, and improving the way that medical and social service providers respond to interpersonal violence.  I am constantly fueled by the resilience and strength of the survivors who I work with, and by the passion and commitment of all who work to create a culture free from violence.

Self-care: I love getting outside for a hike or a picnic at the beach or park, would eat sushi every day if I could, and can’t help but dance to good music.  Cooking a tasty, healthy meal or snuggling up with a blanket, cup of tea, and Netflix are favorites too!


Email: jlfile@ucsb.edu

 



Julia Pennick

Julia Pennick,
Advocate
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I am passionate about working with survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and stalking ever since I was an undergraduate student prevention educator at UC Santa Cruz, and working as an on-call advocate at Monarch Services of Santa Cruz County. While earning my Masters of Social Work at Rutgers University in New Jersey I worked at both the campus LGBTQ center and the on campus survivor support center. I am passionate about supporting survivors at the intersections of their identities and survivorship, in order to help each person find the next best steps for themselves. I joined the UCSB community in Fall 2017 and cannot wait to see what the years ahead will bring.

Self-care: Although it can be day dependent of what I need in the moment, my go to activities are knitting or crocheting, journaling, cooking, and roller skating!

Email: jpennick@ucsb.edu




Kristen Minami

Kristen Minami,
Prevention Education Coordinator
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Kristen received her graduate degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of San Francisco (USF), where her work focused on sexual violence prevention education efforts within a social justice framework. As a graduate student, she worked at UC Berkeley and USF on various initiatives pertaining to peer education and survivor support services. Her thesis examined the ways in which holistic healing practices can impact a survivor’s healing process and how institutions can tap into these modalities to offer more inclusive services. Kristen has volunteered as an advocate with rape crisis centers and worked at a nonprofit organization dedicated to the empowerment of marginalized communities. She is committed to eradicating violence on an individual and systemic level and believes in the transformative power of students to shift our culture and effect positive changes within higher education. Originally from Santa Ana, California, she is excited to be a part of the Gaucho community and to explore the surrounding Santa Barbara area.

Self-care: My yoga practice grounds me and helps me reconnect with myself when I’m feeling stressed out. I love spending time with my family and loved ones. I also enjoy crafting, going for runs, and spending time with cats!  


Email: kkminami@ucsb.edu




Carolyn Sohn

Carolyn Sohn,
Administrative Assistant
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I received my B.A. in Asian American Studies at UCSB, and focused on intergenerational trauma, the intersections of disability and race in surviving sexual violence, and the politics of visibility for survivors. Beyond the UCSB campus, I was a volunteer advocate on the Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center hotline and Board President and Member Advocate of the Santa Barbara Student Housing Cooperative.

Self care: Self-care can be boring and routine, and that’s fine with me. I also love talking to the people I love.


Email: cksohn@ucsb.edu