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.
Originally from Texas, Mytch has been enjoying Colorado life for the past 16 years. Recently, they have relocated to Fort Collins and are getting to know their Northern Colorado community. They hold a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Texas Woman’s University and a Master’s in Counseling from the University of Phoenix Westminster, CO campus. Mytch is a first-generation college graduate and a passionate intersectional radical feminist. Among xyr other identities, Mytch is also a survivor, which fuels xyr fervor for interpersonal violence advocacy. They have largely worked in the nonprofit sector supporting survivors of domestic violence, natural disasters, people with intellectual/developmental disabilities, LGBTQ+, and elderly communities providing outreach, advocacy, counseling, community education and training to name a few. When Mytch isn’t working fae enjoys being out in nature, attending live music, reading, creative writing, DIY projects, and spending time with their friends, loved ones, and xyr cats!
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.
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.
Ricky Pulley Jr.
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.
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.