Monica Rivera
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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.


Elizabeth Amoa-Awuah, MPH
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Assistant Director of Educational Programs | Elizabeth.Amoa-Awuah@colostate.edu
Elizabeth’s primary role is to lead and support the WGAC’s educational programming. She is passionate about designing culturally inclusive and trauma-informed educational strategies and leads the Red Whistle Brigade and the rest of the Programming Team in doing just that.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and her Master of Public Health in Family & Child Health with a Global Emphasis from the University of Arizona (Bear Down!). Her background is in interpersonal violence prevention research, outreach, and education. She has conducted qualitative research on sexual aggression and bystander intervention as well as quantitative research on life history theory and sociosexuality.  In her spare time, Elizabeth loves spending time with her pup, Bug, and exploring all that Fort Collins has to offer.

Casey Malsam
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Assistant Director of Victim Services | Casey.Malsam@colostate.edu
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.

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Jenna Matsumura 
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Program Coordinator for Victim Advocacy | Jenna.Matsumura@colostate.edu
She is a cis, queer, biracial woman of Color. Before moving to CSU, she worked at the University of Utah supporting women’s enrollment and retention. Jenna found her way to gender advocacy through her undergraduate studies in Environmental and Sustainability Studies at the U of U as well as her graduate internships through the Higher Education and Student Affairs program at the University of Vermont. Her approach to advocacy and student affairs is rooted in critical thought, intersectional feminism, and justice.
Jenna is continuing her training and is not seeing students one-on-one for advocacy at this time.

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Victoria Benjamin
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Program Coordinator for Victim Advocacy | Victoria.Benjamin@colostate.edu
Victoria is a first-generation college graduate and CSU alum, having earned a dual Bachelor’s in Sociology and Women’s Studies in 2017. She is currently finishing up her master’s degree in the Department of 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, watching stand-up comedy, making herbal infusions, and raging against white supremacy and the patriarchy.

Courtney Kavanagh

Courtney Kavanagh
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Program Coordinator for Victim Advocacy & Education | courtney.kavanagh@colostate.edu

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 Auerbach

Rachel Auerbach 
she/her
Program Coordinator for Victim Advocacy & Education |rachel.auerbach@colostate.edu

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
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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.


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Ricky Pulley Jr. 
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Program Coordinator for Men’s Programming & Violence Prevention | ricky.pulley@colostate.edu
Ricky found his passion for social justice work while a student at Morehouse College where he majored in Religion. While attending Morehouse Ricky took a number of classes at Spelman College that sparked his interest in preventing gender-based violence and promoting healthy masculinity. Ricky is from Mauldin, South Carolina. Prior to joining the staff at the WGAC, he served as the Underserved Survivor Outreach Coordinator at Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands. His hobbies include cooking, reading, coaching basketball, and collecting LOTS of shoes.
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