Karla Aguilar joined the Campus Advocacy Resources & Education (CARE) center as an assistant director and advocate. CARE is a service created to assist survivors of sexual assault and focuses on supporting, educating and empowering the victim (students, staff and faculty).

CARE is a program supported by President Janet Napolitano’s office and has been implemented across the entire UC system.

Aguilar started on the job on June 8 and is no stranger to the campus.

Karla Aguilar, CARE assistant director and advocate. UCR FILE

Karla Aguilar, CARE assistant director and advocate.

In 2012 Aguilar graduated from UCR with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and ethnic studies, with a concentration on violence against women and indigenous communities. She obtained as master’s in social work from the University of Southern California and worked as a program manager and advocate at Occidental College prior to starting at UCR.

Aguilar joins CARE Director and Advocate Naddia Palacios, who was hired in 2015. With both women on campus the goal is to continue working with different organizations on campus, such as UC Police and the health center, to promptly respond to sexual assault victims.

“We discuss [the circumstances] and empower victims,” said Aguilar, who as an undergrad worked at UCR’s Women’s Resource Center as a student assistant. “We explain the different steps and services offered and we have them make their own decision.”

Support for the victim can range from simply offering a safe space to discuss her/his situation, to helping them navigate the court system, Aguilar said.

To reach CARE:

UCR Wellness Program Now on Twitter

The UCR Wellness Program is officially on Twitter. Follow @ucr_wellness to receive tips on healthy living, as well as posts regarding upcoming programs, events, educational activities and other healthy lifestyle news happening at UCR.

Twilight Tours At The Botanic Gardens

This summer, nature lovers can enjoy an evening at the UCR Botanic Gardens. Two “Summer Twilight Tours” are scheduled for the coming weeks:

  • Friday, July 15 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, August 19 at 6:30 p.m.

Tours are led by docents. Fees are $7 for members of the Botanic Gardens and $10 for non-members.

Reservations are required. To make a reservation or obtain more information: (951) 784-6962 or email ucrbg@ucr.edu.

To see what is in bloom, visit the Botanic Gardens website.

UCR Alumni Association Has a New President

Ken Noller is the UCR Alumni Association’s new president. Noller graduated from UCR in 1975 with a bachelors degree in history. He is a Riverside native who taught for 36 years at Gage Middle School and retired three years ago.

Noller is a life member of the UCR Alumni Association. He became more involved with the association when he started to serve on the scholarship committee. After years of serving on the committee, in 1998 a longtime friend encouraged him to submit an application for a board position.

Since then he has served in many roles on the board of directors including serving as chair of the advocacy, scholarship and membership and marketing committees.

Read more on Noller and his plans for the 2016-2018 presidency.

Local Rite Aid Now Sells UCR Athletics Gear

Rite Aid in the Canyon Crest Towne Center started selling UC Riverside Athletics t-shirts and sweatshirts.

The announcement came via UCR’s Athletic’s website on Monday, July 11.

“Be sure to stop in and check out their selection, and thank them for their support of the Highlanders,” the web post reads.


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