Our Story, Vision and Values
In 2002, Occidental students and community members came together to develop a vision that would forever change the college: a campus community free from sexual violence, unhealthy relationships and the social forces that enable them. Spearheaded by the knowledge, dedication and passion of Oxy students in collaboration with other partners, Project S.A.F.E. seeks to empower students to work together toward that vision.
Today, Project S.A.F.E. pushes forward with this vision through educational programming and direct advocacy. We do this by providing confidential services for survivors, facilitating trainings that seek to change social attitudes and provide acute intervention techniques, and crafting engaging, culturally competent campus-wide programming.
Our philosophy, manifesto, and credo is embodied in one sentence: “Exactly who you are right now is okay, and you qualify to end violence.” We strongly believe that every individual has the capacity to engage in violence prevention by being who they are as a person; we are simply here to empower students to empower themselves.
Here at Project S.A.F.E. you'll find passionate individuals, a dedicated community and an array of resources to help empower everyone to heal and be part of a greater change. Project S.A.F.E. invites you to become part of this vision.
Together, we believe it’s possible to end violence.
Our Core Values:
These five core values embody our office culture, spirit and dedication to practicing interpersonal violence education, prevention and advocacy. They keep us aligned and present by helping us to make decisions on everything from how we facilitate trainings, to how we work with survivors in our community.
- Empowerment- Serving others with integrity and with a commitment to self-determination, we believe survivors, Upstanders, active bystanders, and communities are experts of their own lives. Working from a strengths-based framework allows us to acknowledge that all community members can be resourceful, resilient and unique in the face of adversity and growth
- Meeting individuals and communities where they are at- Because individuals come from varying life experiences with various educational, developmental and knowledge levels in violence prevention and intervention, we believe starting from a place of humility and understanding can cultivate safety and trust as we grow individually and communally
- Inclusivity- Being inclusive of the intersecting identities, stories, histories, and experiences of various individuals and communities is critical to how we challenge oppression, violence, privilege and an individual’s experience of it. It is through the lens of inclusivity that we bring to light injustices, inequalities and struggles that are faced by specific communities. By being inclusive we seek to create spaces where all individuals feel included, safe, present, connected and supported unconditionally
- Culture of Care- Cultivating respect and valuing the dignity and worth of a person is considered one of the ultimate goals of violence prevention. In caring deeply for others through education and advocacy, we seek to transform and elevate the value of human relationships in our community
- Collaboration through community- Community building is the heart of our work. We acknowledge that community progress and social change activism is not possible without reciprocal relationships with others. Being transparent and honest in our prevention, education and intervention efforts allows for a deeper understanding of how to improve, build and expand our services and further connect with our community and their needs