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Message from our Advocates:  

We see you. We hear you. We believe you. 

Hello! We're so glad you're visiting our page. If you've experienced an instance of gender- & power-based violence, we want you to know that it is not your fault and we are wholeheartedly committed to your health and wellbeing. We recognize that experiencing this type of trauma can be life-changing, and we want you to know that we believe you, you are not alone, and we’re here for you. You may be experiencing confusion, anxiety, fear, hopelessness, depression, anger, shock, so many other feelings, or nothing at all. No matter how you are coping with the harm that was done to you, we want all students, faculty, and staff to know that we are here to support you in whatever path you choose moving forward. 

Schedule an Appointment with our Advocates

Schedule an appointment.
You can schedule a phone or video appointment with one of our confidential Campus Advocates via our online scheduling platform, Calendly: calendly.com/safer-advocacy.

Safer’s office is currently open Monday through Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm, excluding campus holidays. Currently, we are offering both in-person and virtual services. 

When making an appointment, an up-to-date calendar showing our Advocate’s availability will be presented to you. After selecting a time and date, Calendly will prompt you to fill out a short form, including your name, email, pronouns, and any other additional information that would be helpful for your advocate to know prior to the meeting (this may include any accessibility accommodations you may need). 

  1. You will have the option to choose between phone-based appointments and Zoom video conference calls. 
  2. Intake paperwork will be sent to your email to complete prior to your appointment. 
  3. At the time of your appointment, join the Zoom video conference with the link Calendly provided you or have your phone nearby and wait for the Campus Advocate to call you. 

Learn more about what to expect here.

Meet Our Advocates

Gillian Cutshaw 
(she/her/hers)

Hello! I’m Gillian (pronounced with a hard G) and I’m one of the Campus Advocates with Safer. I’m so glad you’ve found your way to our page and that you’re considering connecting with an Advocate. Here’s a little bit about me: I’m originally from Southern California, and I’m a Cal Poly alum with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a master’s in Gender and Women’s Studies from Trinity College in Ireland.  I’ve been involved in gender-based violence prevention and survivor support since 2004 when I started my career at Lumina Alliance (formerly known as RISE) as the Education Services Coordinator. Prior to joining the Safer team, I spent six years as the Coordinator of Sexual Assault Prevention, Outreach, and Education at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga and one year Santa Clara University as the Assistant Director of the Wellness Center. In both roles, I was lucky enough to provide educational outreach, advocacy, and crisis counseling services to survivors of gender and power-based violence. I started my dream job as a Campus Advocate with Safer in May of 2020 and I’m truly thrilled to be back at Cal Poly. I’m a lifelong feminist and ally of the LGBTQIA+ community and I’m passionate about using my privileged identities to advocate for marginalized communities. I have a lot of experience in supporting students through Title IX investigations and hearings and I’m dedicated to providing all survivors with a safe and welcoming space where they can feel heard, validated, valued, and believed. I live in South County with my husband and our 4-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter. I love to travel and I spend my free time reading, going to the beach, and playing with my kids. 

 

Make an appointment with Gillian: https://calendly.com/gcutshaw 

Irene Tobias
(they/she/ella)

Hi there! I’m Irene Tobias and I am a queer, Latinx, feminist from Southern California. I have worked in the sexual violence movement for the past six years. I graduated from California State University San Bernardino with my B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies. As an undergraduate student, I found my passion supporting survivors in the work I organized. I worked at the Women’s Resource Center which led me to meet and work with my Campus Advocate. I had a chance to collaborate on programs like Take Back the Night, Ending LGBTQ+ Sexual Violence, and How to Support Transwomen Against Violence. After graduating with my degree, I worked at the Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center where I provided violence prevention education to youth and advocacy to survivors of sexual violence. I provided advocacy, accompaniment, and support to survivors who primarily spoke Spanish, LGBTQ+ survivors, and family or friends of a survivor. I then made the transition to House of Ruth where I provided similar duties and supported survivors of intimate partner violence. At House of Ruth, I frequently provided tele-health services to connect survivors with multiple resources. I have been dedicated in my professional mission of creating awareness and providing education to empower survivors and create a community of healing. I have a lot of experience supporting survivors with accompaniments to law enforcement and/or to receive a medical forensic exam. I have worked primarily with youth and young people, the LGBTQ+ community, and the Latinx Spanish-speaking community. When I am not working, I enjoy live music, being at the beach, vegan food, and disrupting the patriarchy. 

 

Make an appointment with Irene: https://calendly.com/itobias 

Matilda Bunchongchitr 
(she/her/hers)

Hi! I’m Matilda Bunchongchitr (Bun-jong-jit), I graduated from Humboldt State University with a B.S. in Wildlife Conservation Biology/Applied Vertebrate Ecology with a minor in Psychology and will be starting my master’s in Higher Education Counseling in Student Affairs (HECSA) fall of 2021 at CalPoly. During my undergraduate program, I partnered with Check It, a Sexual Violence Bystander Intervention Program, to bring resources, support, and continued education to the first-year residential halls and the cultural centers. My position in the MultiCultural Center (MCC) and the Asian Desi Pacific Islander Center (ADPIC) opened opportunities for me to collaborate with the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) and the Queer Resource Center (QRC) where I reaffirmed my passion for survivor-centered support and social and gender equity. In 2018, I began my career at the Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF), a nonprofit agency in Koreatown, Los Angeles that serves to address domestic violence and sexual assault in the Asian and Pacific Islander communities. Here I began as an AmeriCorps Vista providing translation for Thai survivors, outreach in local universities, and volunteer/intern recruitment before becoming a full-time employee at CPAF as a youth prevention educator. I have primarily worked with the Asian and Pacific Islander community, youth ages 11-18, youth with English as a second language, and college students in University Housing and Cultural Centers. For wellness, I enjoy swimming, reading, watching wildlife, and continuing my education and journey in antiracism and the nonviolence philosophy.  

 

Make an appointment with Matilda: https://calendly.com/mbunchon

 

OTHER WAYS OF GETTING IN TOUCH WITH US:

  • Email safer@calpoly.edu. This email is checked only by our confidential professional staff members. (Please note that email is not always the most secure form of communication.)
  • Call 805-756-2282 and leave a voicemail. We are not presently answering our phone system, but if you leave a voicemail with your information we will reach back out to you in your preferred manner. This voicemail is checked only by our confidential professional staff members.

OUTSIDE OF OUR BUSINESS HOURS:

  • If you are in immediate danger, please call 911 for emergency assistance.
  • If you are not in immediate danger but would like to speak immediately to a confidential advocate, call RISE at 855-886-7473. RISE is San Luis Obispo’s local center providing free, confidential services to survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence. This 24-hour helpline is staffed by California state-certified advocates.
  • Click here for a full list of resource referrals.

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