Meet Our Staff
Project SAFE is a prevention and education support program dedicated to ending sexual violence on Occidental's campus. SAFE provides resources, advocacy, and educational programming related to issues of sexual assault and dating/relationship violence. Our goal is to create a safe and open environment in which discussion of issues surrounding sexual assault is encouraged and ongoing.
Project S.A.F.E. Program Assistants
Programming Assistants, along with the Coordinator, will lead peer-education presentations directed towards student organizations, fraternities, sororities and athletic teams. They can be contacted to present on bystander intervention, consent, healthy relationships and sexual assault prevention.
Carmen Tellez is senior Politics major and Urban and Environmental Policy minor. She says she's from Santa Cruz, California, but she's actually from Felton, a town of 1,200 people just outside Santa Cruz. Last summer, Carmen learned the ropes of community organizing while interning for Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE) in South LA. Carmen is one of the directors of Women and Youth Supporting Each Other (WYSE), a mentoring group for middle school girls. When she's not hanging out with middle schoolers through WYSE or while tutoring for the Neighborhood Partnership Program (NPP), she enjoys talking about Beyonce and thinking about french fries. Carmen is passionate about social justice and the superiority of cats to dogs.
Kevin is a Senior, Economics and Politics major from Arizona. He plays on the varsity tennis team and is the External Affairs Officer for Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Kevin also is the Senior Transportation Coordinator for the Neighborhood Partnership Program. In his free time he enjoys writing music and plays lead guitar in an underground band that just recently signed with Raw Records last semester!
Kris is a Senior Economics major from Portland Oregon. He has been a member of the Men’s Varsity Basketball team throughout his four years at Oxy, where he has been a captain for the past three years. Over the summer he worked as a volunteer in the Pediatric Hematolgy/ Oncology department at the Montfiore Children’s Hospital in the Bronx NY where he helped with research of Osteosarcoma. In his free time he enjoys going to the beach with friends and trying new food establishments around LA.
Summer is a sophomore and a DWA major from Vashon Island, Washington. She was a peer educator for Project SAFE her first-year during spring, and helps to run Challah for Hunger. She spent her summer break hopping cargo ships and teaching health courses in the Peruvian Amazon. Summer has a passion for travel and learning other languages, and hopes to work in global health after Oxy. In her free time she enjoys playing the guitar, running, dancing, and spending time outdoors, preferably in the mountains of the lovely West.
Naddia Palacios, M.Ed.
Project S.A.F.E Program Manager and Survivor Advocate
The Survivor Advocate provides highly confidential crisis support and resource options to students who experience sexual assault of any kind. This support includes, but is not limited to advising, case management and accompanying survivors to rape treatment centers or medical services 24 hours a day.