Our survivor advocate 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 Advocate
The interim survivor advocate, Tirzah Blanche, is a confidential resource on Oxy’s campus. They can be reached at email@example.com or at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule appointments or request supportive measures. Tirzah’s advocacy includes, but is by no means limited to, academic accommodations, housing accommodations, schedule changes, safety planning, and referrals to other resources. She is available for in-person, virtual, or phone support––however is most comfortable or convenient for you. Tirzah provides advocacy through a survivor-centered empowerment model of support, which means that she seeks to assist survivors as they explore the options available to them and decide what, if anything, feels right for them.
Advocacy is low stakes and low commitment -- you can meet with Tirzah for any reason, even just to ask one question. You can request an anonymous appointment with Tirzah. Are other people in your life also experiencing difficulty as a result of what you are going through? That is very common, as sexual violence often can have a ripple effect to others in your life who may not know what to say that’s helpful for you to hear. Tirzah can support them too, because indirect impacts are very real, and she knows that supporting them is a means to supporting you.
Maybe you are dealing with a housing issue, or having difficulty keeping up in your classes because of the stressors you are experiencing. Maybe you just want someone you can confidentially vent to. No matter what your need is, Tirzah can provide advocacy support both 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 email@example.com for alternative meeting times or communication over email.