Meet Our Staff
Project S.A.F.E. acknowledges the training and skills necessary in providing quality and effective prevention and intervention resources. Project S.A.F.E is committed to continuously developing staff, providing support, and empowering themselves and the OXY community through various ways.
Project S.A.F.E. Program Assistants
Programming Assistants, along with the Program Coordinator, will lead peer-education presentations that engage student organizations, fraternities, sororities, athletic teams and other OXY community members. Are you interested in a training or more education? Contact us! Project S.A.F.E's Prevention staff present on various topics that include OXY Upstander (bystander) intervention, healthy/unhealhty relationships, stalking, consent and sexual assault prevention.
Alida is a Senior Politics major and Mathematics minor from Portland, Oregon. She has been a member of the Women's Varsity Lacrosse team throughout her four years at Oxy. She is a Leadership Council member of Peer Health Exchange and an editor for the Occidental College Undergraduate Law Review. Over the summer she volunteered in Indonesia where she worked with middle school and high school students on their English-language skills. In her free time she enjoys heading to the beach, watching movies, or trying different restaurants around Los Angeles. She is really excited about her work with Project SAFE and the Occidental community during the 2014-2015 school year.
Brian is a junior Politics major and English minor from Tucson, Arizona. He is involved on campus as a co-coordinator for Peer Health Exchange, a writing advisor in the Center for Academic Excellence, and a member of Phi Kappa Psi. In his free time, he enjoys going to the beach, reading, watching movies, and exploring the nooks and crannies of L.A. He is excited to work with Project S.A.F.E. to create a safe, supportive, and equitable community for survivors and allies of all identities.
Amy is a Junior Psychology major from Naperville, Illinois. She is the Co-Vice President of Asian Pacific Americans for Liberation (APAL) and a student worker for the Advancement Services Department on campus. In her free time Amy enjoys traveling, trying new food, and laughing with friends. However, she also has a deep appreciation for soft blankets and a good TV show. Amy joined Project SAFE because she firmly believes that Oxy students deserve a safe and comfortable space in which they can learn, grow, and achieve. Focusing on academics and future plans is challenging enough; the campus environment should not serve as an added stressor for students.
Harrison is a Junior Physics Major, and outside of a passion for the Cosmos, he loves the Ocean, singing, playing the piano, and his puppy Winston. After spending the summer of 2014 working at a Winery, he has also developed a love of Whiskey and distilling, and will be applying to Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh to get his Masters in Brewing and Distilling. The biggest reason he decided to join Project S.A.F.E. is because he believes that Occidental should be a safe environment, where students can make mistakes, and learn from those mistakes, without the consequences of Sexual Assault. One of the things that attracted him to Project S.A.F.E. is the positivity, open-mindedness, and persistence used in its approach to working towards stopping sexual violence. Although this topic is a heavy one, he hopes that we can find ways to make it easier for people to talk not only about stopping sexual violence, but in general leading a healthy sex life, cause who doesn't like sex, right?
Project S.A.F.E Program Coordinator and Prevention Education Specialist
Karla Aguilar, MSW
The Program Coordinator will oversee Project S.A.F.E's overall prevention efforts. This includes prevention education, programming and training on topics that relate to power-based violence and Oxy's Upstander Intervention. Karla is very passionate about ending power-based violence and empowering survivors to heal. She is certified in Domestic Violence intervention as well as a Sexual Assault Counselor/ Advocate.
Project S.A.F.E. Manager and Survivor Advocate
Naddia Palacios, M.Ed.
The Survivor Advocate provides highly confidential crisis support and resource options to students who experience sexual violence 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.