Director | Monica.Rivera@colostate.edu
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.
Courtney, was born and raised in beautiful Denver, Colorado. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Colorado State University in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Criminal Justice. She identifies as a biracial woman of color, who is passionate about supporting survivors, and creating social change. Courtney has been connected to the office since 2017, during her time as an undergraduate. Courtney completed her internship at the Sexual Assault Victim Advocate (SAVA) Center, on the Prevention Programing Team. Currently, Courtney is working as a Program Coordinator for Victim Advocacy and Educator. While in her free time, she enjoys live music, road trips, along with all the beauty and fun activities Colorado has to offer.
Rachel earned dual Bachelor’s degrees in Women and Gender Studies and Environmental Studies from Denison University in Ohio. While attending Denison, she provided confidential advocacy to students and developed educational materials and presentations surrounding bystander intervention, rape culture, and consent. After graduating, Rachel moved back to her home state of Wisconsin, where she joined Domestic Abuse Intervention Services in their shelter and helpline programs. She is an intersectional feminist who is passionate about environmental justice, healthy relationships, and supporting survivors. New to CSU and Fort Collins, Rachel is looking forward to exploring northern Colorado, spending time with her two cats, and attempting to keep all her plants alive.
Angelica Murray Olsen
Program Coordinator | Angelica.Murray@colostate.edu
As a Program Coordinator, Angelica leads and supports many programmatic efforts in the office including non-interpersonal violence, gender-centered programs including the annual Feminist Thought & Activism Conference. In addition, she has the awesome privilege of supervising the Student Aides who manage the front desks of both our main office and satellite office. She landed at CSU several years ago by way of California where she attended the University of San Francisco and earned her Master’s degree in Organization and Leadership. Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, she earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Missouri. Although tiger blood runs through her veins she wears her CSU Rams pride loud and proud. She’s also an alumna of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Incorporated and enjoys the opportunities she get to work with multicultural sororities and Women of Color on campus. Fighting oppression is hard work and when she’s not doing this, Angelica can be seen enjoying the many festivals and events that Fort Collins has to offer, making frequent trips to IKEA, and playing board games with friends.