CSI Staff

Meet the Staff
 
Violence Prevention & Bystander Intervention Initiatives (VP&BII) is a program of the Office of the Dean of Students in the Division of Student Affairs. In addition to working closely with partners across campus, VP&BII has a committed staff of educators. Get to know more about the staff by reading their bios below.
 
                                                                                            

Educational Coordinator:

 

Bridget O’Brien

She/Her/Hers

Year: Senior
Major: Public Health

Special interests/hobbies: Hiking, making coffee, yoga, learning German, going to concerts, making amazing Spotify playlists

Why did she join BTC? 
"I joined BTC because bystander intervention is incredibly important to EVERYONE. All UC Berkeley students should feel looked after and should feel confident to take action in a situation that could be harmful. Practicing bystander intervention daily is something I will take with me in all walks of life and I hope the students who participate in our workshops feel the same."

 

 

 

Peer Educators: 

 

Min Young Kim
She/Her/Hers

Year: Junior
Major: Nutritional Sciences

Special interests/hobbies: Cooking, playing instruments, trying new food places, EDM events

Why did she join BTC? 
"I saw Michelle, our previous educational coordinator, give a workshop for GBO leaders and got so inspired by BTC’s active bystander initiative."
 

 

 

 

Audrey Sadra
She/Her/Hers

 

Year: Sophomore
Major: Public Health

 

Special interests/hobbies: Spending time with family, visiting local farmer's markets over the weekend

 

Why did she join BTC?
"I fell in love with the idea of visiting student organizations all over campus to educate students about what it means to be an active bystander. UC Berkeley is rigorous and sometimes daunting, so its nice to know that your peers are watching out for you. On a broader scale, I am so grateful and fortunate to be able to bring pressing social issues to the forefront of conversation."

 

 

 

Denise Chow
She/Her/Hers

Year: Sophomore
Major: Intended Public Health

Special interests/hobbies: Roadtrips, being outdoors, watching movies, trying something new

Why did she join BTC? 
"I’m really passionate about equality and making sure everyone feels confident/comfortable in what they do and how they do it. I love being able to spread awareness about underrated issues in society and then bring that into discussion. Bears That CARE puts a name to the type of work I want to pursue in Public Health, plus I get to meet so many cool people along the way!"

 

 

Matthew Vigil Arana
He/Him/His

Year: Junior
Major: Rhetoric

Special interests/hobbies: Going to the gym and watching movies

Why is bystander intervention important? 
"I think it’s important because knowing how to be an active bystander can save lives and make a safer community. Bringing awareness on how to become an active bystander and how to recognize a situation where you can be an active bystander is a useful skill to have or the rest of your life."

 

 

Yumna Zia
She/Her/Hers

Year: Junior
Major: Environmental Sciences

Special interests/hobbies: Soccer, drawing, painting, traveling, baking

Why did she join BTC?

"I joined Bears That Care to spread consent awareness on campus and encourage bystander intervention! A little effort or understanding goes a long way, and I'd love to see our campus culture transformed into one that reflects safety and community."

 

 

 

Stefany Zagorov
She/Her/Hers

Year: Junior
Major: Public Health

Special interests/hobbies: Skiing, hiking, and scrolling through dog accounts on 
Instagram

What does she love about being a peer educator? 
"My favorite thing about being a peer educator is getting to meet new people in the 
organizations I facilitate workshops to."
 

 

Max Rojas-Domke
He/Him/His

Year: Senior
Major: English

Special interests/hobbies: Traveling around California, finding the spiciest food to eat, adding books to my collection that I'll totally read 
Why is bystander intervention important? 
"Bystander intervention is important both for the person intervening and those who 
need help. It helps the individual who is taking action by empowering them to right the 
wrongs they see in the community and it helps those in a sticky situation by showing them that there are people out there
who CARE."

 

 

Emily Chao
She/Her/Hers

Year: Junior
Major: Molecular and Cell Biology: Neurobiology

Special interests/hobbies: All things art (drawing, painting, pottery), bullet journaling, 
tennis, skiing, baking, plants (especially succulents and flowers)

Why did she join BTC? 
"I joined BTC because I want to be able to help the people in our community feel 
empowered and confident when it comes to being active bystanders and preventing
violence. It is so important for everyone to feel safe on and around our campus, so I 
love that BTC gives me a chance to spread awareness about how to make our
community more caring. Not only that, everyone in BTC is so passionate and energetic, so it is a very fun group of 
people to work with!"

 

 

Tamren Johnk
She/Her/Hers

Year: Senior
Major: Public Health 

Special interests/hobbies: Hike, camp, and backpack

Why did she join BTC? 
"By being a peer educator at Bears that CARE, I have the ability to not only educate others on how to be an active bystander, but also help create a domino effect where intervening in a potentially harmful situation is a normal and natural thing to do. Because of this, it's amazing to be part of an organization that strives to make our campus a safer and happier place for EVERYONE."

 

 

 

 

Marketing and Design Coordinator: 

 

Jessica Lee
She/Her/Hers

Year: Senior
Major: Economics

Special interests/hobbies: Exploring, badminton, graphic design, eating

Why did she join BTC?
"I wanted to help create a community of care. I love connecting, educating, and empowering others."

 
 

 

 

 
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