COVID-19 Information

We hope that you and your families are staying safe and healthy during these unprecedented times. CARE recognizes the additional hurdles created for survivors by the COVID-19 health crisis, in particular survivors who may be exposed to an increased risk of domestic violence. The need for resources and support has never been greater for our community.

CARE remains available and operational to provide support services to all UC Davis students, staff, and faculty. However, to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) we are providing services remotely. To speak with a confidential advocate, please email us at ucdcare@ucdavis.edu.

You can also reach us by calling (530) 752-3299. During business hours (Monday-Friday between 8-5 pm) please leave a message and the advocate will call you back promptly. Should you call after hours, you are welcome to leave a message that will be returned the next business day or select the option to be connected with a confidential counselor.

If you are looking for information regarding Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), please contact the Financial Aid Office. You can also find more information here: https://financialaid.ucdavis.edu/wellness/ECRT

Staff

Sarah Meredith
Director
P: (530) 754-6389 E: sameredith@ucdavis.edu
Pronouns: She/ Her/ Hers

Sarah began her career in the field of sexual assault and domestic violence in 2003, working as a victim advocate in Alpine County for the South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center. After leaving Tahoe, Sarah joined the education and training department at WEAVE in Sacramento; in 2010, she joined the UC Davis CARE team. She is a graduate of California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and minor in Biology, a certified Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Counselor, and a graduate of the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Master Instructor Certification Course.  Over the course of her career, she has worked with hundreds of survivors of violence, and has facilitated educational programming and professional trainings to countless learners in various settings. She is passionate about prevention education and having conversations about healthy sexual communication, consent, and violence prevention.  


Jacquelynn Lira
Assistant Director
P: (530) 752-3299 E: jllira@ucdavis.edu
Pronouns: She/ Her/ Hers

In 2007, Jacquelynn began her advocacy work in sexual assault and domestic violence with WEAVE in Sacramento County before joining the CARE program in 2012. Over the years, she has trained teams of advocates, facilitated state certified trainings for new staff/volunteers, provided outreach and education, served as an expert witness for the Yolo County District Attorney’s office, as well as assisted survivors through both the criminal justice and administrative reporting processes. Jacquelynn holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Philosophy from California State University, Sacramento, she is a Certified Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Counselor in the state of California and is a certified ICI Instructor for the California Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training. Jacquelynn’s love and passion for this work is as strong as it was in 2007. It continues to be an honor and privilege to serve the UC Davis community.


Rachel Henry
Education and Outreach Manager
P: (530) 754-0530 E: rlhenry@ucdavis.edu 
Pronouns: She/ Her/ Hers

Rachel began her advocacy in sexual assault and intimate partner violence prevention as a peer educator in 2011. It was her years as a peer educator that solidified her love of education and investment in violence prevention. This work also led to her pursuit of bridging gaps between classroom/research expertise and lived experiences and propelled Rachel into her career as a professional cultural humility educator. Most recently, Rachel comes to CARE from the Sacramento LGBT Community Center as the Outreach and Training Institute Director, where she developed the institute, provided trainings throughout California, advocated for local, statewide, and national policy, and provided direct client advocacy for victims of discrimination and violence. Rachel holds a Masters of Arts in Sexuality Studies from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and minor in Philosophy from UC Santa Cruz. Rachel is passionate about education as prevention and is honored to work with the CARE team and greater Aggie community for prevention of sexual assault and intimate partner violence.


Michelle Morales
Victim Advocacy Specialist
P: (530) 752-3299, (916) 734-3799 E: memorales@ucdavis.edu
Pronouns: She/ Her/ Hers

Michelle has worked in the field of assisting survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence since 1999.  She worked eleven years at WEAVE in Sacramento. The most recent position she held there was as the Response Services Manager. Michelle also worked at Sacramento CASA for three years as a Case Manager and at the YWCA Rape Crisis Center in San Jose for four years as a Senior Crisis Intervention Specialist. Over the course of her career, she has gained experience in accompanying survivors through evidentiary exams, court accompaniment, and law enforcement/investigative interviews. She also has experience in peer crisis counseling and facilitating prevention education to a variety of audiences. Michelle has particular expertise working with the American Indian/Native Alaskan community as well as with foster youth and dependency court. Michelle expresses that it’s an honor and privilege to work with survivors and is excited to be able to do this important work at UC Davis.


Position Vacant 
Intake and Office Coordinator