WGAC Professional Staff
Monica Rivera is originally from the east coast and currently works at Colorado State University as the Director in the Women and Gender Advocacy Center. In addition, she is an Instructor in the Women's Studies and Ethnic Studies Departments where she teaches courses on violence prevention, gender socialization, and racial/ethnic representations in popular media. Monica holds an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Syracuse University and a graduate degree in Sociology from CSU. In her free time, Monica is a documentary photographer and recently had the honor of presenting a TedX Talk at CSU. She is married to a fellow social justice educator and is the proud adoptive mom of a stinky dog and 2 little dudes, Mateo and Santino.
Assistant Director of Educational Programming
Kristy Kumar is the Assistant Director of Educational Programs at the Women and Gender Advocacy Center. She earned her Bachelor's Degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Political Science and Global Poverty and Practices and her Master's Degree from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver (DU) in Human Rights with a specialization in race, gender, and equity. At DU Kristy served as an Inclusive Excellence Fellow as well as the Director of Educational Programming for the Human Trafficking Center where she taught a graduate seminar on research and advocacy. Prior to her Master's program, Kristy worked as a Fulbright Scholar in Malaysia and as a Case Manager and Advocate in Washington D.C. Kristy is passionate about decolonial feminism(s), racial justice, and social justice education.
Assistant Director of Victim Services
Casey is a confidential advocate for primary and secondary survivors of all forms of interpersonal violence. This includes helping students navigate the on/off campus reporting structures, working with professors to communicate about academic performance, offering a support group, and providing crisis intervention skill building with survivors. In addition, Casey advises three feminist student organizations, instructs three Women’s Studies courses, and organizes the University’s 24-hour interpersonal violence hotline. Casey works to provide prevention and advocacy from an intersectional and social justice lens. She is an active member of CAPPA and the Colorado Collation Against Sexual Assault. She has presented both at conferences and in webinars in an effort to help give back to the field from which she has learned so much. Casey holds B.A. from the University of Kansas in Art History with a minor in Women’s Studies and an M.A. from Lake Forest College in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Women’s Studies. She is currently working on a second M.A. at Colorado State University in Mental Health Counseling. In her free time, Casey can often be found in the mountains or diving into a good book.
Program Coordinator for Victim Advocacy
Marie earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Colorado State University where she graduated with a degree in Sociology and minored in Women’s Studies and Ethnic Studies. As an undergraduate, she was connected with the Women and Gender Advocacy Center and involved in Red Whistle Brigade (peer education program) and the Victim Assistance Team (hotline for survivors of interpersonal violence). Marie was able to educate students about interpersonal violence, consent, healthy relationships, gender socialization, intersectionality and supporting survivors. After graduation, Marie worked as a temporary Program Coordinator and Victim Advocate in the Women and Gender Advocacy Center. Marie approaches advocacy from an intersectional social justice lens, and finds it important to validate all identities and create an inclusive space for students.
Program Coordinator for Victim Advocacy
Jessica earned her Bachelor’s in Human Development & Family Studies and Women’s Studies, as well as a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Connecticut. During her time as an undergraduate student, Jessica worked closely with the University’s peer-education based violence prevention program, educating her peers on issues of interpersonal violence, gender roles, sexual assault, and healthy relationships. She also helped to train and mentor students new to peer education. Jessica has served as a counselor and advocate with a community based rape crisis center, providing confidential crisis counseling, advocacy, and support groups for survivors and secondary survivors of sexual violence. Jessica is deeply passionate about providing culturally sensitive, trauma-informed care for survivors of interpersonal violence through an intersectional and social justice framework. In her spare time, you’ll find her curled up with a good book or hiking outdoors and wishing she had a dog.
Program Coordinator for Men’s Programming & Violence Prevention
Carl came to CSU as an undergrad in 2004, and is still here. His journey has led him to serve as the Men's Programming and Violence Prevention coordinator. As an undergrad, he was heavily involved on campus. He worked for Asian/Pacific American Cultural Center as a Leadership Development Coordinator, helped to start a Multicultural Greek Organization, and was part of Student Alliance for Gender Education (SAGE). After earning his degree in Health and Exercise Science, he took a year off and then entered the Ethnic Studies Master's program here at CSU. His thesis is titled Living in ambiguity: The mixed race experience at Colorado State University. After accepting this position in 2013, he continues to engage men in the conversation to construct healthy masculinities as well as getting men involved in the conversation to end gender-based violence. If he isn't working, he's trying to critically consume sports and video games, as well as working on improving his Japanese language skills with his mother.