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.
Karen’s role is to provide counseling services to survivors of interpersonal violence including survivors of sexual assault, stalking, intimate partner violence, sexual harassment, childhood sexual abuse, and secondary survivors. She supports survivors through individual counseling and group counseling. Karen is passionate about supporting survivors to process and heal from interpersonal violence, is ready to work with anyone at any part of their healing journey (and at any pace), and is committed to holding space for the compounding impacts of violence that may be experienced by those holding marginalized identities. Karen earned her Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Photography and a Master’s degree in Counseling and Career Development from CSU. Karen has experience and training working with survivors and trauma healing and has worked in both community mental health and in university settings. In her free time, you can find her in the outdoors hiking, listening to live music, gardening, or tending to plants. She also enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, cooking with her partner and creating art.
Lauren is a confidential victim’s advocate who comes to the Women and Gender Advocacy Center with experience working in on-campus housing at Colorado State University, and previously working with people at risk of contracting HIV, or currently living with HIV. Lauren has also served as a volunteer on the Victim Assistance Team since her time as an undergraduate student. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies, with minors in Spanish and Women’s Studies, and her master’s in Student Affairs in Higher Education, all from CSU. Lauren cares deeply about creating and holding space for survivors as they access resources and find healing. She is passionate about dismantling white supremacy and other forms of oppression, and is always ready to learn and do better. Outside of work, Lauren is attempting to raise two kids and enjoys crochet, cross stitch, and knitting projects, getting lost in a good book, and soaking up the Colorado sun.
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.
Erica provides leadership and implementation for education and outreach programming on social justice issues, with a specific focus on gender based violence prevention/ sex and gender-based issues throughout the campus and community. She also supervises the Red Whistle Brigade, the WGAC’s peer educators. In addition to her role in the WGAC, she serves as faculty in Ethnic Studies and Women and Gender Studies.
Erica is a working-class, first-generation college graduate and CSU Alum with a B.A. in Sociology and an M.A. in Ethnic Studies, with a certificate in Gender, Power and Difference. Her pedagogy and research is informed by her experiences as a survivor of cyclic interpersonal violence and intergenerational trauma. Erica’s areas of research include labor and social movements, deconstructing Whiteness/ White Femininity, Necropolitics, and unsettling Settler Colonialism. Her theoretical orientations include Marxist Feminism, Decolonial, Multiracial, and Transnational Feminisms, Intersectional Feminism, and Felt Theory. Through these frameworks, Erica strives to embody a grounded, self-reflective and reflexive Feminist practice and ethic that centers an analysis of power and emphasizes the transformative power of dreaming, imagining and building through relationships. She is endlessly committed to having the hard and difficult conversations that bring us to new places of understanding and being.
When not consumed with dismantling the white supremacist settler colonial heteropatriarchy, Erica enjoys spending time with her family by sitting around at home binge watching television, going outside in the natures, or going on road trips.
Victoria is a first-generation college graduate and CSU alum, having earned a dual Bachelor’s in Sociology and Women and Gender Studies in 2017. She also holds a master’s degree in Ethnic Studies. She’s an intersectional feminist with a background in massage therapy and energy work. Victoria also served as an advocate at Crossroads Safehouse during her undergraduate education. Her personal experiences as a white, cis-gender, working-class single mother and survivor helped her understand the nuanced importance of contending with dominant identities, especially Whiteness, while also healing from trauma. Victoria loves the month of October, spending time with her partner and children, hiking, watching stand-up comedy, making herbal infusions, and raging against white supremacy and the patriarchy.
Kristin serves as the Office Manager for the WGAC and has the privilege of supervising the Student Aide Front Desk Assistants. She earned bachelor’s degrees in Women’s Studies and Anthropology at the University of Michigan where she spent 4 years volunteering as a peer educator for Michigan’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Program. Engaging in this life-changing work set the course for her continued passion for supporting survivors and dismantling systems of oppression. She completed her M.A. in Anthropology at CSU where she also volunteered on the Victim Assistance Team and researched the impact of federal policies on survivors of sexual violence. After graduating, Kristin developed and taught an anthropology course on the subject of gender, culture, and health while living in northern Minnesota and working for a nonprofit supporting youth access to wilderness spaces. She expanded her volunteer work to include working with a community-based violence prevention hotline in MN. Kristin takes a biocultural and intersectional feminist approach to her work and is delighted to be back in Fort Collins to continue supporting survivors. In her downtime Kristin loves exploring the foothills with her partner and dogs, crafting, and learning how to garden.