Campus Advocacy Resources & Education

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Mission, Vision, and Values 


CARE’s mission is to provide professionally designed services for the prevention and intervention of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking and harassment. All services are free and confidential and are available to students, staff, and faculty of all identities. Through policy development and community collaborations we are committed to survivor empowerment and a public health approach for prevention.


The UCSB Campus Advocacy, Resources & Education (CARE) envisions a campus community that is free from violence and promotes healing. 


Hope: fostering the belief that one’s future can change for the better and that we have the ability to make that happen

Competence: the observable knowledge, skills, and abilities to understand trauma and its effects on individuals and communities, to achieve learning outcomes in primary prevention education, and to act ethically and professionally in the best interest of survivors at all times

Diversity: the recognition that campus-based violence is inherently linked to all forms of oppression and that we cannot disregard the way current systems and institutions perpetuate inequality or how clients intersecting identities impact how they heal and access services

Strength:  to understand the courage and resilience survivors practice when they seek and trust resources. Staff must mirror that strength in their work, meeting survivors with courage, empathy, and understanding that each experience is unique which means maintaining a healthy and hopeful staff is imperative to best serve survivors

the ability to thoughtfully articulate support for a person, cause, or policy or to exchange information in a way that fosters understanding and promotes confidence and collaboration.

History of CARE

Campus Advocacy Resources and Education (CARE) grew from the Rape Prevention Education Program (1976-2013), historically a joint sponsored program by UCPD and the Women's Center. In the early eighties, RPEP was incorporated into the mission and structure of the Women's Center Department, now known as the Women, Gender, and Sexual Equity Department.

The Rape Prevention Education Program was renamed the CARE office in 2013, in order to provide greater accessibility to those who are impacted by other forms of interpersonal violence and to align with a University of California task force in 2014 to have a CARE office on all ten UC campuses.

Learn more about the UC President's Task Force on Preventing and Responding to Sexual Violence and Sexual Assault

The task force brought together representatives from all across the UC system -- survivors, survivor advocates, students, faculty, law enforcement and administrative staff. The task force addressed interpersonal violence with attention to social, emotional, legal, and administrative issues and examined current UC processes, practices from other universities, and student feedback. The resulting recommendations affirmed four key resources: prevention, education, advocacy, and response & reporting.

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