UC Riverside Welcomes New CARE Advocate

A website serves as a user-friendly, one-stop portal for quick access to campus resources and important information related to sexual violence

Naddia Palacios

Naddia Palacios

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — Naddia Palacios has been recently appointed as UCR’s new Campus Advocacy, Resources and Education (CARE) Advocate, which means she will be a key member of UC Riverside’s team to address and prevent sexual violence.

Palacios came to UCR from Occidental College, where she served as the Project S.A.F.E. (Sexual Assault Free Environment) Program Manager and Survivor Advocate.  In that role, she oversaw all sexual assault, domestic/dating violence and stalking intervention and prevention services for the college.

“I feel very honored to have been appointed the new CARE Advocate at one of the most diverse universities in the nation,” Palacios said. “Everyone is eager to collaborate as I begin the journey of creating a great CARE program for our students. I hope to use my expertise to establish protocols and systems that will continue to assure that survivors of sexual violence are treated with dignity and respect.”

In June, 2014, UC President Janet Napolitano formed the President’s Task Force on Preventing and Responding to Sexual Violence and Sexual Assault. The task force has developed and helped implement systemwide recommendations to prevent and respond to sexual assault and sexual violence on UC campuses.

The recommendations include establishing a “CARE: Advocate Office for Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and Sexual Misconduct” at every campus with full-time trained staff, and making sure that web resources are unified and consistent at each campus. UCR’s user-friendly, one-stop portal for quick access to campus resources and important information is at http://www.sexualviolence.ucr.edu

Last year, the university also significantly broadened and clarified its policy against sexual violence and harassment, including domestic violence, stalking and date rape. UC adopted an affirmative consent standard that defines consent as unambiguous, voluntary, informed and revocable.

In recent testimony before a key U.S. Senate committee, Napolitano said that the increased attention on the issue of preventing sexual violence is already making a different, and will be ongoing within the UC system.

“The work of the Task Force is not finite and the members will continue to monitor progress, gather metrics, and review implementation,” Napolitano said. “They will focus on evaluating the new changes put into place and will work with researchers and other experts to assess the effectiveness of the changes made across the University of California. We want to make sure our efforts are making a positive difference—and indeed changing the culture across our campuses.”

Even before the task force began its work, all 10 UC campuses had systems and programs in place to educate, prevent and respond to sexual violence, but practices varied from one campus to another. The task force’s recommendations aimed to strengthen existing services and programs and ensure the university has a consistent approach to addressing sexual violence on campuses.

“The CARE Advocate position at UCR was created to serve those who have been impacted by sexual violence on campus,” said Paul D’Anieri, provost and executive vice chancellor. “Palacios’s experience and commitment to sexual violence prevention and survivor advocacy will serve our campus well. In coming months, Palacios will work to streamline all advocacy services for survivors of sexual violence at UCR, and will work with colleagues around the university to improve response and prevention programs,” D’Anieri said.

Palacios earned her bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies from San Diego State University, a master’s degree in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs from the University of Southern California, and is trained as a Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Counselor/Advocate.

Prior to her service at Occidental, Palacios worked at the University of Southern California and Claremont University.

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