Meet Our Staff
Project S.A.F.E. acknowledges the training, skills, passion, and sensitivity necessary in providing quality and effective prevention and intervention resources. We are committed to continuously developing staff, providing support, and empowering ourselves and the OXY community.
Project S.A.F.E. Program Assistants
Programming Assistants, along with the Program Coordinator, 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 Senior 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.
Jay Miller, a sophomore Urban Environmental Policies major sees himself as pretty unique. He hopes to some day be a well-known urbanist and policy maker here in Southern California which has been his home for 20 years. Currently he plays on the basketball team here at Oxy and is collecting shoes and playing video games on his spare time. The reason he joined Project S.A.F.E. is to help educate others and inspire change within the Oxy community. With two more years at Oxy he'd like to see the community begin moving in the right direction, changing the culture here forever.
Project S.A.F.E. Program Coordinator and Prevention Education Specialist
Karla Aguilar, M.S.W.
The Program Coordinator will oversee Project S.A.F.E.'s overall comprehensive prevention strategies and efforts. This includes prevention education, programming and training on topics that relate to power-based violence and Oxy's Upstander bystander intervention program. Karla is very passionate about ending violence and empowering students and the community. She is certified in Domestic Violence intervention and on her free time volunteers as a certified Sexual Assault Counselor/Advocate at Peace Over Violence.
Project S.A.F.E. Manager and Survivor Advocate
Naddia Palacios, M.Ed.
The Survivor Advocate, Naddia Palacios, provides highly confidential crisis support and resource options to students who experience sexual and power-based violence of any kind. Naddia operates within an empowerment model of support, aiming to provide survivors with on and off campus resources and supporting whichever path the survivor feels will be most helpful in her/his recovery. Her services include, but is not limited to assisting survivors with all steps of the Oxy adjudication process, case management, and accompanying survivors to rape treatment centers and medical services 24 hours a day. Accompaniment services can be accessed via Oxy's 24/7 Confidential Hotline, 323.341.4141. Naddia is certified as a Sexual Assault Counselor/Advocate.