What is VOICE?
VOICE is a group of students dedicated to utilizing prevention education to reduce the number of CSUSB students impacted by sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking. VOICE peer educators help students recognize the dynamics of these violations, identify ways to step-in and speak-up safely and provide appropriate referrals for survivors. All VOICE peers are highly trained as they must complete a mandatory 12 hour training and weekly trainings throughout the year.
From left to right, Top to Bottom. Top Row: Brittney Petty, Cindy Lopez, Jeffrey Bongga, Sofia Benitez, Patricia Navarro, Jacob Gutierrez. Second Row: Kimberly Reynoso, Pangia Yang, Eden Rincon, Rosa Fuentes, Andrea Rodriguez, Selena Lopez, CSUSB Advocate Marina Rodriguez. Third Row: Andie Tovar, Tanya Patterson, Angela Padilla, Mixtli Cedillo, Sandra Estrada, Irene Tobias. Bottom Row: Alex Perez, Michaela Roxas, Cecilia Melendez, Carissa Briggs, Korinna Delgado.
Not pictured here: Ashlin Fujinami, Natalie Gonzales, Mallory Gers, Jharlin Saloma.
Request a VOICE Training
You can request a VOICE presentation for your residence hall, chapter, classroom, or student organization on topics such as:
- Sexual Assault 101
- Dating Violence 101
- Stalking 101
- Bystander intervention
- Healthy relationships
- Survivor Ally training
- Violence in LGBTQ communities
- Other topics based on special request
Who is VOICE?
Pangia Yang is the Outreach Lead for VOICE. Pangia is currently a nursing major at CSUSB. In the future, she plans to become either a nurse practitioner or a nurse educator. She also wants to one day volunteer her skills in disaster relief or wherever they may be needed. In her free time, she likes to explore new places, drink boba, and watch movies.
Carissa Briggs is a 4th year Biochemistry major at California State University San Bernardino and the VOICE Sunshine Lead. She has aspirations on attending Medical School to become a Gynecologist. Carissa is currently employed tutoring high school students in Chemistry and Math. She spends a lot of her free time binge watching Netflix, going on adventures, and playing with her dogs. Carissa is very passionate about raising awareness on sexual assault, domestic violence and so much more.
Sandra Estrada is the Program Lead for VOICE. Sandra is currently a third year Psychology major with a minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies. She wants to go to graduate school and get her PsyD in Clinical Psychology with a specialty in young adults with mental illnesses. She is currently working as a Student Assistant at the Women's Resource Center and this past summer worked as a SOAR leader for the office of Orientation and First Year Experience.In her free time, she enjoys listening to showtunes, playing with her cat, and crocheting. One day she wishes to make a lasting impact on society as a whole.
Natalie Gonzales is the Domestic Violence Awareness Month Lead for VOICE. She is currently a fifth year at CSUSB working towards a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. Natalie currently works as a Peer Health Educator with THR!VE in the Student Health Center. She hopes to one day be an environmental scientist and advocate for the preservation of our planet and it’s peoples. In the meantime, she just enjoys watching Netflix and cuddling with her cats.
Cecilia Melendez is a fourth year psychology major with a minor in criminal justice and the Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) Lead. She aspires to be clinical counselor with a focus on trauma survivors. Other than working as a VOICE peer educator she does psychology research and is a part of the Psychology honors program. She also is a Resident Assistant for the department of housing and residential education. In her free time she enjoys to run, watch Netflix, and go to the movies.
Jharlin Saloma is a Support Group Lead for VOICE and a fourth year student in the liberal studies major on the integrated track. She hopes to become an elementary teacher. Her passion to educate herself has pushed her to help others educate themselves on important topics. To her Education plays a big role in knocking down barriers and causing awareness. To become an advocate and share her experiences with others is a way to better prepare herself in becoming the best teacher she hopes she can be. In her free time she loves to hang out with friends and catch up on her favorite shows. She also enjoys listening to music and doing makeup for fun. "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" -Nelson Mandela
Patricia Navarro is currently a third year in CSUSB, majoring in psychology. She is planning to attend graduate school to become a marriage and family therapist. On her free time, she loves hiking, journaling, reading about romance or autobiographies, and spending time with family and friends.
Ashlin Fujinami is currently a senior at CSUSB. She is majoring in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations and a minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies. She aspires to be a PR rep for a non-profit organization. Ashlin enjoys ice cream, reading books and comics, and listening to French music.
Michaela Roxas is a junior at CSUSB majoring in psychology, with a concentration on clinical psychology. In the future, she hopes to have a career as a researcher or as a therapist. Besides VOICE, she have been involved with Lubos Paso, the Filipino club on campus and SOAR where she used to be an orientation leader. She also had experience in a medical setting by being a volunteer at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center for 2 years. In her spare time, she likes watching makeup tutorials, discovering new shows on Netflix, and reading Thought Catalog articles.
Eden Rincon is a fourth year psychology major and is hoping to attend graduate school. On her free time she enjoys crafting, cooking, listening to music, and discovering the beauty of the world around her. She loves hearing others thoughts, ideas, and perseverance on their personal goals and how they perceive the world. Everyone around her is important and valuable! Her inspiration to others would be to "Be the best you, you can be!"
Sofia Benitez is a third year student at CSUSB. She is currently pursuing two degrees in the field of Communications and Sociology with a minor in gender and sexuality. She hopes to continue her education and receive her PHD in Woman studies. She hopes to continue empowering individuals to succeed through education. On her spare time she likes to read, write and binge watch Netflix.
Jacob Gutierrez is a 3rd year Anthropology major here at CSUSB. He joined VOICE to give back to the community and be an advocate for social change. In his free time he likes to chill with his friends, and he loves iced coffee, dad hats, Lana Del Rey, and RuPaul's Drag Race.
Jeffrey Bongga is a second year Political Science student at CSUSB. He is a insatiable learner with an affinity for international relations and foreign policy. One of his many aspirations is to work in the foreign service as a diplomat for the United States. Jeffrey is also passionate about advocating for the rights of survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence and hopes to continue to carry this enthusiasm well into his career. Whenever Jeff is not on his phone, he enjoys going hiking, writing in his essay journal, and consuming entertainment in all shapes and forms (but mostly TV).
Kimberly Reynoso is currently a senior at CSUSB majoring in Psychology with a Gender and Sexuality Studies minor and will graduate Spring 2018. In the future she hopes to become a school psychologist and a sex educator. She has volunteered her time to Rainbow Pride Youth Alliance, a LGBTQ youth group, where she was part of a smaller community health worker group to help bring awareness to LGBTQ issues and mental health issues. On her down time, Kimberly enjoys writing, cooking, photography, and spending time with family.
Cindy Lopez is is an English major in the Creative Writing Track and hope to earn my teaching credentials through English Teach Track after graduation. In her free time, she loves spending time with her best friend, her family and her three dogs. Cindy also enjoys crafting, writing stories, and drawing.
Brittney Petty is currently a senior at CSUSB and majors in psychology. After she graduates the undergraduate program she plans on attending graduate school to earn her Masters in School Counseling. As a VOICE peer educator Brittney looks forward to meeting new people and doing her part to help make CSUSB a safer campus for everyone. She hopes to learn more about sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence as to apply it to her future career as a high school counselor. When Brittney is not at school or work, she enjoys eating delicious food, traveling domestically and abroad, and watching ridiculous reality shows.
Mixtli Cedillo is a VOICE peer educator. She is currently a sophomore and a Social Work major at Cal State San Bernardino. Mixtli plans to continue focusing on school, VOICE, work and providing support to all of her peers.
Angela Padilla is a psychology major looking into clinical psychology. Her goal is to make a difference in someone's life through her work at San Bernardino Sexual Assault Services (SBSAS) and to help bring awareness to domestic violence. In her spare time she loves to go to the beach andis currently working on watching Game of Thrones
Andrea Tovar is a third year at California State University, San Bernardino studying Health Science with a concentration in Public Health Education. Besides VOICE, she is involved with the Department of Housing as Programming Coordinator and Lubos Paso, a Filipino culture club. She aspires to work for a non-profit organization to implement programs that educate the community about healthy living and bring awareness to social issues. In her free time she enjoys keeping up with current events, watching Netflix, listening to music, and hanging out with family/ friends.
Mallory Gers is a Support Group Lead for VOICE and a graduate student pursuing her Masters of Social Work. Mallory is passionate about working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. In her free time she enjoys going on runs with her dog, watching sports, and catching up on all her favorite shows on Netflix.
Andrea Rodriguez is a third year Biology major at CSUSB. In the future, she hopes to become a Pathologist or Physician Assistant (PA). Andrea loves trying new foods, watching musicals, discovering new shows on Netflix, taking spontaneous adventures and traveling! She joined VOICE to bring more awareness towards issues of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking at CSUSB in hopes of creating a more inclusive and safe campus.
How do I become a VOICE Peer Educator?
VOICE Peer Educators are CSUSB students who go through a 12 hour training and commit to weekly 2-hour meetings as well as a certain number of hours per quarter. We are NOW recruiting VOICE peers to be trained before school starts in September 2018. Applications are due by May 23, 2018. If you have any questions or to request an application please contact Marina.Rodriguez2@csusb.edu.
How else can I get involved in VOICE?
The best way to get involved is to follow us on Instagram and Facebook and attend our events! We would love to have you! We are also open to collaborating with your club or organization or participating in training and cross-training. Just contact Marina.Rodriguez2@csusb.edu for more information.