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

Bears That CARE


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.


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Meet the Staff
Bears that CARE 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, BTC has a dedicated team of peer educators. Get to know more about the staff by reading their bios below.

Educational Coordinator:


Audrey Sadra


Year: Junior
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."




Peer Educators: 


Min Young Kim

Year: Senior
Major: Nutritional Sciences

Special interests/hobbies: Cooking, playing instruments,
 trying new food places, traveling and going on road trips, and watching cute cat videos

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."





Denise Chow

Year: Junior
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

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."





Stefany Zagorov

Year: Senior
Major: Public Health

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

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."






Emily Chao

Year: Senior
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!"



Marketing and Design Coordinator: 



Angelica Leigh Quetua


Year: Sophomore
Major: Psychology

Special interests/hobbies: Drawing, graphic design, watching movies that are so bad they're good, ranting to my friends about those movies, and playing with my dog
Why did she join BTC? 

"I joined Bears that CARE because I believe that bystander intervention is essential on college campuses where students are learning to adjust to their newfound freedom and may find themselves in uncomfortable or unsafe situations that are difficult to resolve individually. Bears That CARE equips students with knowledge on how to recognize these situations and intervene in a way that keeps themselves and their fellow students safe. I believe that spreading this message of compassion would make life on college campuses (and life in general) much safer to navigate."


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