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Campus Advocacy, Resources & Education

CARE's Vision and Mission Statement

CARE's Vision 

We envision a UC Merced community empowered to eliminate all forms of oppression and gender-based violence – sexual assault, domestic abuse, stalking, and human trafficking – fostering a campus where all members are respected, valued, and safe.

CARE's Mission Statement

The Campus Advocacy, Resources, and Education (CARE) office collaborate with UC Merced partners to develop and support understandings of gender-based violence through prevention education and trauma-informed care advocacy using an intersectional framework. CARE promotes empathy, diversity, equity, and inclusion through its programs to staff, faculty and students.

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 sexual violence, dating/domestic violence, and stalking prevention.

The office moved under the Chancellor’s Office in 2014, and it changed its name to the Campus Advocacy, Resources, and Education (CARE) Office.  The office is currently located in KL 107. It provides crisis intervention services with the support of Valley Crisis Center, the community’s dual agency focused on domestic violence and sexual assault services.