Campus Advocacy Resources & Education

CARE Staff


Briana Conway, MBA she/her/hers

B.S. Public Health, Southern Connecticut State University
M.B.A. Healthcare Administration, Quinnipiac University
Briana joined UCSB CARE in 2014, and has served in the roles of CARE Advocate, Assistant Director, and now Director. Briana's primary role is to ensure the management and representation of the CARE office's collaboration on campus and within the community, and to ensure that CARE offers comprehensive survivor services, as well as innovative and effective prevention education.

Briana has a great passion for ending violence in our community and originally worked in community based sexual violence services. She was inspired by student-led activism in 2013 to bring this work to higher education, and has worked closely with Primary Prevention efforts with her Public Health education. Briana has worked at the campus and UC system level to affect change in processes that survivors choose to navigate.

Location: Student Resource Building
(805) 893-3305


Becca Williams

Becca Williams she/her/hers
Assistant Director of Advocacy

B.A. Sociology and Social Work, Chapman University
M.A. Gender and Development, Institute of Development Studies

Becca oversees the advocate team, in addition to providing advocacy services to both English and Spanish speaking survivors. She has worked in the field of gender equality for the last ten years, and has experience working alongside diverse groups on social justice issues.

Becca was born and raised in Santa Barbara and is thrilled to be back in her hometown and supporting the UCSB community. She has lived on five continents and traveled to over 25 countries, working on issues of sexual and reproductive health rights and gender-based violence intervention.

Location: Student Resource Building
(805) 893-4156

Assistant Director of Prevention Education

Kristen Minami

Kristen Minami she/her/hers 
Prevention Education Coordinator

B.A. Psychology and Social Behavior, University of California, Irvine
M.A. Higher Education and Student Affairs, University of San Francisco

Kristen facilitates educational workshops to the UCSB community on bystander intervention, healthy relationships, consent and intersectionality in experiences of interpersonal violence, among many other topics. She is committed to eradicating violence on an individual and systemic level, and believes in the transformative power of community to shift our culture and effect positive changes within higher education.

She is also involved in addressing Asian American campus issues and cultivating sense of community through her work with the Asian Pacific Islander Alliance at UCSB. She is originally from Santa Ana, California.

Location: Gaucho Support Center
(805) 893-5998


Jamie File she/her/hers

B.A. Child Development, Tufts University
M.S.W., UC Berkeley

Jamie works every day with survivors of dating/domestic violence, sexual violence, and stalking, and with those who help to provide a caring community of support for survivors here at UCSB. Jamie is constantly fueled by the resilience and strength of the survivors who she works with, and by the passion and commitment of all who work to create a culture free from violence.

Before coming back to her hometown to join the CARE team, Jamie worked in organizations from Boston to San Francisco supporting survivors, engaging communities in prevention education, and improving medical and social service providers' responses to interpersonal violence.

Location: Gaucho Support Center
(805) 893-2933


Kayla Lopez

Kayla Lopez she/her/hers

B.A. Anthropology and Feminist Studies
M.A. in progress, Simmons School of Social Work

Kayla provides direct support to those impacted by interpersonal violence in the UCSB community. She finds her passion for this work in her own personal identity as a survivor and seeks to assist individuals within this community who pursue justice, validation, and support. She is a UCSB Alumna and Guardian Scholar.

She has worked at Santa Barbara County Domestic Violence Solutions and Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health where she advocated for mono-lingual Spanish-speaking individuals and adults with disabilities, gaining in-depth familiarity with community resources on and off-campus.

Location: Student Resource Building

Julia Pennick

Julia Pennick she/her/hers

B.A. Sociology, Minor: Legal Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz
M.S.W., Rutgers University

Julia works directly with survivors of violence and those who are affected by these acts of violence as support people to survivors. Julia is 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. Being witness to the strength and the resiliency of the human spirit is what keeps bringing Julia back to this work each day.

Julia has been passionate about working with survivors ever since she was an undergraduate student prevention educator at UC Santa Cruz, and worked as an on-call advocate at Monarch Services of Santa Cruz County. While earning her Masters of Social Work degree at Rutgers University in New Jersey, Julia worked at both the campus LGBTQ center and the on campus survivor support center.

Location: Student Resource Building
(805) 893-5801

Carolyn Sohn

Carolyn Sohn she/her/hers

B.A. Asian American Studies, University of California Santa Barbara

Carolyn works directly with survivors of dating/domestic violence, sexual violence, and stalking, and the people who care for survivors in their own communities. She considers advocacy as a commitment to the resilience, strengths, and self-determination of survivors, and a responsibility to educate the wider community on the realities of interpersonal violence.

Carolyn is proud of her journey as a first generation undergraduate student at UCSB, which involved a years-long leave of absence in which she volunteered at Standing Together to End Sexual Assault, managed a grocery deli at the Isla Vista Food Cooperative, and served as Board President at the Santa Barbara Student Housing Cooperative.

Location: Student Resource Building
(805) 893-5638


Maria Salazar she/her/hers
Administrative Assistant

Maria is the first point of contact for UCSB community members seeking services and consultation with CARE. She connects clients to advocates and also provides technical assistance to the CARE team.

Maria worked at the City of Lompoc for 32 years and is now supporting the CARE office in the role of Administrative Assistant in her retirement. She has five daughters and one son, and is the proud grandmother of twelve grandchildren. Maria says that her time at CARE is supported by unconditional acceptance, unwavering support, and encouragement and collaboration.

Location: Student Resource Building
(805) 893-2628