Center fro Support and Intervention - Bears That Care, University of California, Berkeley

Bears That CARE

About 

Bears That CARE (BTC) is an active bystander initiative to make our campus safer. Through interactive workshops about bystander intervention, BTC educates and empowers individuals to effectively and safely intervene in potentially harmful or violent situations. We strive to create a community of care.

Our staff is comprised of peer educators and staff facilitators. Peer educators provide workshops to student groups across campus and actively promote violence prevention through a variety of programs, while staff facilitators lead workshops for academic and student affairs departments.

All our workshops incorporate bystander intervention and community engagement.

 

Take Action!

You can become part of the solution in making the Berkeley community safer and more inclusive for everyone. Bystander intervention is a great tool and has the power to transform our campus.

Ready to be a leader? Excited about making change? Here's how you can take action:

  • Request a Bears That CARE workshop for your club/organization/department/community
  • Learn the CARE Model
  • Follow us on Facebook and Instagram

 

Together we can prevent violence and harm by being active bystanders who care for one another. Being an active bystander means that you TAKE ACTION when you see a situation that could be potentially harmful. Every step counts no matter how small you think it is.

The CARE Model equips you with strategies for taking action. Depending on the situation at hand and your personal style for intervening, there is always an option for taking action while keeping yourself safe.

 

Confront the Situation, Alert Others, Redirect Attention, Engage Peers

 
 
Questions? Contact Us
510-642-5991

 

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: 

 

Jeah Clemente
She/Her/Hers
Year: Senior
Major: Integrative Biology

Special interests/hobbies: Cooking, going to the movie theater and super yummy restaurants, spending time with family and friends, clinical research 

 

Why is bystander intervention important? 
"Bystander Intervention is important because, in my opinion, it should be part of everyone's moral duty to "DO SOMETHING" not nothing. It is specially important to make sure that our campus is continuing to work on moving towards a community of care wherein people feel supported with resources to do something when they realize something might be off." 

 

 

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?
"Originally, one of the members of my sorority reached out to me to tell me that Bears That CARE is hiring. After finding out more about the job, I quickly 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. Too often, issues like sexual harassment and sexual violence are swept under the rug. Not at Bears That CARE. We confront these situations head on and equip individuals with the proper tools to safely and effectively intervene in potentially harmful situations. This work has had such a positive impact on my experience here at Cal and I wouldn't take back one moment of being a Peer Educator."

 

 

Autumn Tate

She/Her/Hers

 

Year: Senior
Major: Public Health

Special interests/hobbies: Baking

 

Why did she join BTC? 
"I joined Bears That Care because I wanted to make a difference in the community around me. I think that BTC takes a unique approach harm/violence reduction by empowering people in the community to look out for each other in order to keep our campus safe."

 

 

Emman Hamidi
He/Him/His

Year: Senior
Major:
Rhetoric and Political Science

Special interests/hobbies: Exploring the Bay Area to find yummy food, catching up with old friends, reading

 

What's your favorite part about being a peer educator?
"I enjoy being a peer educator because I value gaining new insights and strategies on being a better active bystander." 


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: ES

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

Why is bystander intervention important? "The world would run more smoothly."

 

 

 

Stefany Zagorov
She/Her/Hers

Year: Junior
Major: Public Health

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Max Rojas-Domke
He/Him/His

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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."

 
 
Questions? Contact Us
510-642-5991