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Briana Conway
Acting Director, CARE

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@sa.ucsb.edu

 



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Lauren Gunther
Assistant Director of Prevention Education, CARE

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: lauren.gunther@sa.ucsb.edu

 



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Yesenia Vega
Prevention Education Coordinator, CARE


I’m originally from the bay area and have a passion for educating and working closely with local communities. In 2011, I completed my undergraduate degree in Global Economics and Italian Studies at UCSC. I am currently  pursuing a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Latino mental health at Antioch University in Santa Barbara. I am grateful to be a part of the CARE team and for the opportunity to address social justice equity on campus.

Self-care: Some of my favorite activities include spending time near the ocean and hanging out with loved ones. Nothing brings me joy like being in good company, delicious homemade food, good music and dogs!

Email: Yesenia.Vega@sa.ucsb.edu




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Jamie File
Advocate, CARE

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: jamie.file@sa.ucsb.edu



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Lauren Elmore
Advocate, CARE

I became a Gaucho in Winter 2015, when I joined the CARE team as an Advocate. Every day I enjoy the opportunity to work with students, learn more about the incredible things they’re doing in their lives, and help them grow in the direction of their passions. In addition to connecting members of the UCSB community with resources to support themselves and loved ones around sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and/or stalking, I lead many staff trainings on these issues and chair the Gaucho Green Dot staff and faculty implementation team, spreading the word about safe and effective bystander intervention in interpersonal violence. Before coming to UCSB, I worked as a volunteer crisis advocate and violence prevention educator in Los Angeles, and I taught freshman writing and gender studies classes at the University of Southern California for five years (I promise I won’t correct your grammar).

Self-care: Copious amounts of yoga, hula hooping, and TV dramas (recent favorites include Jane the Virgin, Empire, and The Returned)

Email: lauren.elmore@sa.ucsb.edu




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Jessica Paredes
Advocate, CARE

I first became an advocate when I worked as the Crisis Intervention Coordinator at the Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center. While at SBRCC I had the privilege to work with a diverse population (culturally, age- and gender-wise). I have a strong passion for working with survivors and the community towards ending interpersonal violence in our lifetimes. I was born in Santa Barbara to immigrant parents, from Mexico. I speak Spanish fluently. I am a proud Gaucho, having graduated with a B.A. in History in 2007. I completed an M.A. in Clinical Psychology in 2011 at Antioch University, Santa Barbara and am currently a Registered Marriage and Family Therapy Intern. I am proud to return to the UCSB campus as an advocate with the CARE program.

Self Care: I love spending time with my amazing nieces and nephews, we always share great stories and laughs. I also love crafting and sewing especially while listening to musical theater soundtracks.


Email: Jessica.Paredes@sa.ucsb.edu