Our survivor advocates and programming assistants are available by appointment and for drop-ins throughout the week, and are open to asynchronous communication formats as well.
Contacting the Survivor Advocates
The survivor advocates, Tirzah Blanche (available weekdays) and Téresa Mejia (available weekends) are confidential resources on Oxy’s campus. They can be reached at email@example.com or at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com, respectively, to schedule appointments or request supportive measures. You can also schedule an appointment with Téresa using this link to their appointment scheduler.
Advocacy includes, but is not limited to:
- Academic accommodations
- Housing accommodations
- Schedule changes
- Safety planning
- Emotional support
- Referrals to other resources
Advocacy is available
- In-person in Lower Stewie Lounge
- Virtually, such as over Zoom or email
- By phone
Tirzah and Téresa provide advocacy through a survivor-centered empowerment model of support, which means that they seek to assist people as they explore the options available to them and decide what, if anything, feels right for them.
Common things that may prompt someone to reach out to the advocates are direct experiences with sexual violence from someone’s time at Oxy or prior, stressful relationship dynamics, wanting to know how to better support someone else, or seeking support for indirect impacts of violence. The advocates can help support people through those situations and many others.
Advocacy is low-stakes and low-commitment: you can meet with Tirzah or Téresa for any reason, even just to ask one question or get one thing off your chest. Advocacy is also very creative: the advocates will work to find supportive measures to meet your specific needs within and outside of Occidental to help you navigate your path moving forward.
Contacting the Student Programming Assistants
Student programming assistants are available to provide peer support around issues of healthy communication, consent, and relationship stresses, or answer questions about Oxy or off-campus resources. PAs can also answer questions about what the Advocate can do or what Project SAFE does on campus. Don’t hesitate to come by PA drop-in hours in the Library, room 103 on the second floor, or schedule a Zoom appointment. They may also be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org for alternative meeting times or communication over email.