As we begin another academic year, we are given another opportunity to take actions and send messages that shape the culture of the community we are creating. This is especially important for the 2021–2022 academic year with so many new members joining us as well as continuing community members reintroducing themselves to on campus interactions. There are also changes that have been made to the boundaries our community members may have and a variety of other factors to take into consideration. One of the most important things that we can do to create a community that is welcoming and safe…


Written by: Elleni Conley, Advocate; Nicole Leon, Advocate; Rasta Bagheri, Advocate

CARE Advocates are a confidential and free resource for UCI students, faculty and staff, including those at the Medical Center, who have been affected by power based personal violence (PBPV). PBPV is as any act where power is used to exert control or intimidate, including sexual assault, domestic/partner violence, family violence, and stalking. Advocates provide support to people regardless of when they were harmed, regardless of who harmed them, and regardless of whether or not they choose to report.


To our Black UCI community, we see you, hear you, and stand with you. Your lives matter. At UCI CARE, we believe that anti-racism and anti-oppression work is a necessary extension of our work in healing and anti-violence. This commitment includes ongoing internal reflection to identify gaps, acknowledge our positionality, and engage in transformative action. In reflection of this work, we recognize this statement will evolve as do the needs of our community and as such we will continue to align our goals to meet those needs.

Our country’s foundation is rooted in racism, oppression, and interpersonal violence. Systems of…


According to a Stanford study on dating, meeting a significant other online has replaced meeting through friends, family, or common organizations in person. The utilization of online dating apps has increased, the stigma of meeting online has worn off, and the internet’s effect on society has included the ways to begin social interactions. While dating apps can be a great way to meet new people, just like in-person dating, not everyone has good intentions. Below I will outline some tips on how to keep you and your date comfortable using online apps.

Keep Things Safe. Typically people who have bad…


Green and yellow background, two pairs of feet facing inward, text reads: Consent is a skill, you get better as you practice

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center is utilizing the theme of “I Ask” and taking the time in the month of April to focus on the concept of consent to raise awareness around sexual violence and teach why consent is important.

While we are amidst a public health crisis and we see the entire world practicing physical distancing as a way to prevent the spread of COVID-19, this is an additionally important time to discuss consent and boundaries.

Melissa Bader-Huesgen

Violence Prevention Coordinator, UCI CARE

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