Meet Our Team

Project SAFE 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. Browse below to meet our 2022-2023 team!

If you are interested in putting together a training with our Staff and/or Peer Advocates, contact us! Project SAFE's team is happy and able to develop audience-specific trainings, workshops, and other contant on various topics that include Oxy Upstander (bystander) intervention, healthy boundaries and consent, healthy/unhealthy relationships, stalking, sexual assault prevention, and the Empowerment Model of survivor support.

Project SAFE Staff

The Project SAFE staff, consisting right now of 3 full-time employees, strives wholeheartedly to pursue Project SAFE's mission of "Educate and Advocate." We work together in our various roles to meet the needs both of students experiencing crisis or trauma, as well as to engage the Oxy community in building a healthier culture.

Lizzy, our Director.

Lizzy Denny

Project SAFE Director and Survivor Advocate
Lizzy Denny (she/her/hers) is originally from Louisville, Kentucky but has lived in Los Angeles for the past 8 years. She received her undergraduate degree from Earlham College in Comparative...
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Joaquin Caro

Project SAFE Prevention Education Coordinator
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Joaquin is a healing justice advocate, meditation facilitator, and abolitionist from Long Beach, CA (occupied Tongva/Chumash Land). Joaquin earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Services and...
Stephani Candelaria

Stephani Candelaria

Project SAFE Intake and Programs Coordinator
Stephani Candelaria (she/her/ella) is a musician/activist and trauma-informed, decolonization-focused educator from San Juan Bautista, California (Amah Mutsun tribal land). She holds a Masters...

Peer Advocates

Project SAFE Peer Advocates, along with the program coordinator, lead peer education presentations that engage student organizations, fraternities, sororities, athletic teams and other Oxy community members. In addition to their role as educators, Peer Advocates are also available to talk as peer supports. Their Spring hours will be available in January.

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Olivia "Liv" Greene

Project SAFE Peer Advocate
Pronouns: she/her/hers, they/them/theirs Liv is a sophomore from Southern California who is majoring in Media Arts and Culture and minoring in Interdisciplinary Writing and Gender Studies. They...
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Irene Wickwire

Project SAFE Peer Advocate
Pronouns: they/them/theirs Irene is an Urban & Environmental Policy Major from Portland, Oregon. They love growing and cooking food, as well as rollerskating around the quad and skatepark....
Pooja Bansiya

Pooja Bansiya

Project SAFE Peer Advocate
Pronouns: she/her Pooja is a junior from the Bay Area majoring in Cognitive Science and double minoring in Neuroscience and Computer Science. Pooja is also a part of SASA, PULSE and Dance Pro....
Koi Smith

Koi Smith

Project SAFE Peer Advocate
Pronouns: he/him, xe/xem Koi is a third year from the Bay Area majoring in Religious Studies and English and minoring in Asian Studies and Classics. He is also a part of Oxy’s YDSA, Fang, and...

Ella Armstrong

Project SAFE Peer Advocate
Pronouns: she/her   Ella offers drop-in Peer Advocate hours on Thursdays, 6-8pm in Library Room 103.
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Olivia "Liv" Yonkman

Project SAFE Peer Advocate
Pronouns: she/her My name is Liv Yonkman (she/her), and I am a senior Media, Arts, and Culture major with a minor in Critical Theory and Social Justice. I am a Programming Assistant here at...
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Abigail "Abby" Panzica

Peer Advocate
Pronouns: she/her/hers Abby is a sophomore Spanish Major and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Minor from Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is a member of DancePro as well as a reading tutor with...