CARE's team of student staff peer educators play a key role in developing and providing prevention education to the campus community. CARE peer educators create a variety of programs, workshops, awareness events, and campaigns each quarter that aim to create culture change, prevent violence, and increase awareness and support for survivors. Please visit this page to learn more about CARE's incredible team of peer educators.
CARE's ongoing peer-led programming efforts are held on a quarterly basis and address different forms of interpersonal violence. During fall quarter, CARE leads campus-wide events centered around Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which takes place in October and during winter quarter, CARE leads Stalking Awareness Month, which takes place during January. CARE's Sexual Assault Awareness Month programming in spring quarter during the month of April brings together several campus departments, student organizations, and community partners on collaborations that address issues pertaining to sexual assault and survivorship. To learn more about CARE's ongoing peer education efforts and quarterly programming, please visit our Facebook page to see upcoming events.
CARE also partners with other peer educators on campus to provide community-specific education on interpersonal violence. Throughout the academic year, CARE provides peer education to the fraternity and sorority community through collaboration with the Office of Student Life (OSL) and several leaders within the fraternity and sorority community. Through this collaboration, CARE peer education and fraternity and sorority peer educators partner up to deliver community-specific and relevant information on interpersonal violence prevention to members of the fraternity and sorority community. This has included education on how to communicate consent in healthy sexual relationships and the ins and outs of healthy and unhealthy dating, relationships, and hookups. To learn more about CARE's education or to request a workshop for your group or organization, please visit our workshop menu.
CARE also provides annual training and education to student leaders and peer educators across the Division of Student Affairs during Peer Education Network, or PEN, training that takes place each fall. PEN training is attended by nearly 200 student leaders across the Division, including Health & Wellness, the Multicultural Center, the Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, CAPS Mental Health Peers, and more! The education and training provided ensures that student leaders across campus holding peer educator and mentor roles are equipped with the knowledge and skills to support other students who have been impacted by interpersonal violence. By providing training to student leaders, we can help ensure that all survivors are met with support should they disclose to one of their peers. Because the majority of survivors disclose to a peer--like a friend or roommate--this is particularly important.
In addition to providing direct services for survivors, CARE is the interpersonal violence primary prevention and education resource on campus. Our efforts aim to intervene before violence occurs and (re)create a campus and society where it is no longer acceptable. In alignment with CARE values, we utilize relevant research and a survivor-centered approach to inform the education we provide. Additionally, CARE recognizes that interpersonal violence frequently intersects with other forms of oppression, creating different circumstances for different communities and identities, and thereby utilizes an intersectional framework to best serve the UC Santa Barbara community.
CARE staff provide educational workshops for student organizations, clubs and groups on a variety of topics as well as training for professional staff, student staff, and faculty. Use the form below to arrange a program facilitated by CARE staff.
To request a workshop for your group or organization, please visit our workshop menu.
CARE also provides training to campus staff and faculty, including student staff professional staff, TAs, RAs and professors, on how to respond sensitively and appropriately respond to disclosures of interpersonal violence. CARE offers training that explores the influential role University staff members have, how trauma impacts survivors, how to respond to survivors with compassion, and how to connect with a confidential CARE Advocate. To request a training, please visit our workshop menu and select the workshop titled "Creating a Trauma-informed Campus (for University employees).