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: Leslie Leach, Melody Kieffer, Jcob Gutierrez, Carissa Briggs, Mixtli Cedillo, Sherri Shweiger. Middle Row: Riley Leonard, Ashlin Fujinami, Emeli Escobar, Jharlin Saloma, Pangia Yang, Sandra Estrada, CSUSB Advocate Marina Rodriguez. Bottom Row: Andrea Rodriguez, Isabel Reyes, Tabitha Blackburn, Sonia Gama, Graciela Moran, Sidney Sheer, Freedom.
Not pictured here: Angela Padilla, Mallory Gers, Erick Carrera, Gia de Souza.
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. She is currently a nursing major at CSUSB. She wants to become an advanced public health nurse so that she can help people make healthy and educated choices about their physical, emotional, and mental health. She joined VOICE because she wants to go into her nursing career with the knowledge to help survivors in the healthcare setting and make sure that they are given the best care. In her free time, she likes to explore new places, drink boba, and watch movies.
Carissa Briggs is the Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), Sunshine Lead, and Support Group lead for VOICE. Carissa is a 4th year Biochemistry major at California State University San Bernardino. 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.
Melody Keiffer is the Social Media Queen for VOICE and a fourth year, Liberal Studies Major, who aspires to be a High School educator and inspire the future generations. Not only is she a VOICE peer, but she is also a member of the sorority, Alpha Delta Pi. She loves being able to be a part of two great organization and feels that they both are shaping her into the woman she has always wanted to become. She loves to go on adventures, listen to all her favorite jams, and finding the beauty in everyday from behind her camera lens. Her favorite quote is, “everything happens for a reason,” which you can find tattooed on her wrist in Latin.
Angela Padilla is the support group and Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) lead for VOICE and a senior psychology major looking into becoming a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist. 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. She is also the Secretary for Psi Chi and the President of Dr. Badiee's research team called the DREAM team. In her spare time, Angela she loves to go to the beach and to Disneyland.
Sonia Gama is the Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) lead for VOICE. Sonia is a fourth year majoring in Sociology. She currently works at a non-profit organization as well as a tutor in Mathematics. During her free time, she enjoys drinking iced coffee, creating art, playing her uke and going on adventures with friends. She joined VOICE to bring awareness to the community on the topics of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.
Mixtli Cedillo is the Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) lead for VOICE and a third year majoring in Social Work. This year will be her second year in VOICE and she is also a member of Alpha Delta Pi. Mixtli considers both organizations as a part of her. She loves to educate and empower those who want and/or need it by providing information she’s learned as a VOICE peer.
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.
Jacob Gutierrez is the Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) lead for VOICE. He 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. He’s from Fontana, and loves birds, burritos, and activism.
Leslie Leach is the National Stalking Awareness Month (NSAM) lead for VOICE. She is a mother of four children. She is a 4th year communication student majoring in Human and Organization. After graduating with her B.A she plans on continuing her education and going to grad school so that she can obtain her Master’s Degree. She is passionate about spreading awareness. Her goal in life is to teach communication at the college level alongside advocacy for domestic violence. She most of all loves her free time with her children.
Erick Carrera is currently employed with the Department of Outreach as a peer advisor at Victor Valley College. He is a psychology major and anthropology minor and is looking to attend graduate school after graduating in 2020. He became a Voice peer to bring awareness to topics like sexual assault, domestic/dating violence, and stalking, while also helping to empower survivors with education and resources.
Jharlin Saloma is the 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
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).
Sherri Shweiger is a VOICE peer.
Graciela Moran is a 3rd year Biopsych major with aspirations of being in the social work program. Graciela is a Student Assistant in the Women's Resource Center, a Resident Assistant, serves on ASI, and aspires to be a social worker here in San Bernardino county. She really loves school and studying is fun to her.
Sandra Estrada is a fourth year Psychology major with a minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies. Her hopes are to become a LMFT and, eventually, pursue her PhD in Clinical Psychology to become a Licensed Psychologist. She is currently an Honors Psychology Student in the Psychology Department, as well as a Student Assistant in the Writing Center.
Giovanna de Souza is a 3rd year Anthropology major here at CSUSB, in the future she wishes to go into public education and do field research. Giovanna loves to spend time with her mom and friends and travel the world while visiting new places with her family. She joined VOICE to advocate and bring awareness against violence to people affected by it, in hopes to bring safety to our campus and our extended community.
Sidney Sheer is a psych major wanting to become a therapist and continue working with animals.
Emeli Escobar is a VOICE peer.
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. Recruitment is now closed. We typically open applications in Spring quarter but more information is TBD at this time. 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.