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CARE's Mission Statement

We Educate

Campus Advocacy, Resources and Education (CARE) provides prevention education for the UC Merced community to achieve an environment free from the threat of sexual violence, dating/domestic violence and stalking.

We Advocate

We provide free, confidential and knowledgeable support for those impacted by sexual violence, dating/domestic violence and stalking.

We Empower

We encourage the UC Merced community to step in and speak up against a culture that allows sexual violence, dating/domestic violence and stalking to occur.

History of UC Merced CARE

In Spring 2009, the Chief of Police, Rita Spaur initiated the development of the Violence Prevention program by collaborating with UC Merced’s Student Affairs to solicit funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). A year after, in Spring 2010, UC Merced hired their first  Violence Prevention Program Coordinator , who founded UCM’s first prevention education and advocacy program on issues of sexual violence, dating/domestic violence, and stalking prevention.

The coordinator was able to provide direct services to survivors as well as developed, facilitated, evaluated, and assessed prevention programs, directed campus-wide efforts (including policy development and systems’ advocacy) to end sexual and relationship violence and stalking on the UC Merced campus and supported establishing a contract with the community dual agency (The Valley Crisis Center) to render crisis intervention services.

Finally in 2014, UC Merced reorganizes and rebrands itself with the formation of the Campus Advocacy, Resources and Education (CARE) Office where the coordinator position is converted into a Director position.