Mission

Students Against Sexual Assault is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the elimination of sexual assault and sexual harassment on the University of California, Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara City College campuses, the University of California, Santa Cruz and their surrounding communities. Members of SASA aim to create sustainable and effective resources for survivors of sexual violence. We are dedicated to the study and exposure of sexual assault and harassment while also recognizing the systemic flaws in the institutions which do not effectively address the needs of survivors. SASA is committed to accomplishing these goals through meticulous and practical planning, community organizing, coalition building, and lobbying with the purpose of eliciting change in our fight against factors associated with sexual assault on our community members. SASA is founded upon and will, with every project and action, defend and uphold the principles of ethnic, gender, racial, and social equality—recognizing the intersectionality of persons affected by sexual violence.

Board of Directors

Who We Are

2020-2021 Board of Directors

Deborah Williams

PRESIDENT

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Deborah is a UCSB Class of 2020 graduate with a B.A. in Political Science, with an emphasis in Political Theory. Leaving behind the pre-law and advocacy organizations she dedicated her undergrad career to, Deborah is currently in her gap year applying for law school and plans to attend next fall. She has always had a desire to help others within a legal capacity, and endeavors to pursue a career in family law, specializing in juvenile law, domestic and familial mediation. She is a firm believer of equipping others with the necessary tools for illuminating the path to justice for each individual's situation.

Alia Sky

VICE PRESIDENT

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Alia is a rising senior at UCSB double majoring in Global Studies & Philosophy, with an emphasis in Ethics & Public Policy. She currently serves as the UCSB Undergraduate Representative on the Systemwide Title IX Student Advisory Board & the External Vice President of Statewide Affairs for ASUCSB. After graduation she plans to work for nonprofits & will likely attend law school.

Vince Feliciano

UCSB Coordinator

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Vince is a third-year UCSB student majoring in Sociology, Philosophy, and Asian American Studies. He/They currently leads UCSB Pan Asian Network and interns for the UC Davis Bulosan Center for Filipinx Studies, and previously worked as an intern at the Santa Clara County Office of Gender-Based Violence Prevention. Vince plans to attend graduate school after finishing his/their undergraduate education. He is/They are passionate about examining and bringing to light how history, law, and sociocultural ideologies directly impact marginalized communities' lived experiences based on their social positions and identities.

Emily Maldonado-Alonso

SBCC COORDINATOR

SHE/HER/HERS

Emily is currently a Political Science Major at SBCC. As a first generation student, she is passionate about helping and advocating for other minorities which is why SBCC's SASA meetings are held in our Center for Equity and Social Justice which allows a space on campus for students to freely and safely express themselves as well as allows them to have their voices heard.

Julie Tufenkian

UCSC COORDINATOR

SHE/HER/HERS

Julie is a senior Biological Science major at UCSC and plans to attend Veterinary school after completing her undergraduate career at UCSC. She served as the SASA Treasurer during her time spent at SBCC, while volunteering at the local rabbit shelter (BUNS) and wildlife rehabilitation center (SBWCN). She is passionate about social justice and equality for minorities, especially focusing on women, people of color, and the LGBTQ+ community.

Mina Nur Basmaci

IV COMMUNITY COORDINATOR

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Mina is a third-year undergraduate at UCSB, where she is majoring in English and Religious Studies with a minor in Art History. She is interested in modeling community-based, restorative justice practices in her position as community coordinator. Mina is also involved in Phi Alpha Delta and the Associated Students Human Rights Board, and hopes to become a lawyer engaged in prison reform in the future.

Philippa Villalobos

Policy Analyst

SHE/HER/HERS

Philippa is a third-year UCSB undergraduate student majoring in Political Science with an emphasis in Comparative Politics and a minor in Feminist Studies. She currently serves as the UC SHIP Undergraduate Representative in UCSB’s Students for Reproductive Justice and the UCSB UC SHIP Advisory Board. She plans to attend law school and pursue a career working to combat inequalities and promote social justice in her community, with a focus on gender equity and reproductive justice.

Emily Montalvo-Telford

Policy Analyst

SHE/HER/HERS

Emily is a UCSB alumna ’19 and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy—with an emphasis in ethics & public policy—and Sociology. She is currently interning at the California State Capitol and sits on the Board of Directors for Momentum United during her gap year before law school. Emily wants to dedicate her career to ensuring every individual has the equitable and sustainable means access to education, healthcare, and opportunities to succeed by addressing issues that affect women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community.

Peyton Chambers

PUBLICITY COORDINATOR

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Peyton Chambers is a third-year Sociology major who plans to work with a social Justice based non-profit after graduating from UCSB. She has always been very passionate about fighting for equality and justice for marginalized communities, especially for women, LGBTQIA+ individuals, and people of color. Peyton is also the Publicity Director for Students for Reproductive Justice, a member-organization of the UCSB Associated Students Human Rights Board. Outside of UCSB, Peyton has worked with 3 different non-profits as an intern, Pionero Philanthropy, ReflectUS, and the Feminist Majority Foundation.

Ben Noah

Secretary

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Ben is a economics Ph.D. student at UCSB. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Oregon and worked in health services research before starting the Ph.D. program. His current research focuses on the economic impact of mental illness and trauma; specifically during development.

2019-2020 Board of Directors

Alia Reynolds

PRESIDENT & UCSB COORDINATOR

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Alia is a 3rd year Philosophy & Global Studies major and plans on attending law school and/or joining the Foreign Service after completing her undergraduate career at UCSB. She is interested in the intersection of trauma & abuse in connection to larger socio-economic issues, existing institutions/environments & pervasive cultural traditions. She is also involved with Students for Justice in Palestine.

Vince Feliciano

Vice PRESIDENT

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Vince is a 2nd year Sociology and Philosophy major and plans to attend graduate school after finishing his undergraduate education at UCSB. He is passionate about studying how history, the law, and societal values impact the experiences of women, queer communities, the Pan Asian population, and the socioeconomically disadvantaged.

Emily Maldonado-Alonso

SBCC COORDINATOR

SHE/HER/HERS

Emily is currently a Political Science Major at SBCC. As a first generation student, she is passionate about helping and advocating for other minorities which is why SBCC's SASA meetings are held in our Center for Equity and Social Justice which allows a space on campus for students to freely and safely express themselves as well as allows them to have their voices heard.

Julie Tufenkian

UCSC COORDINATOR

SHE/HER/HERS

Julie is a 4th year Biological Science major and plans to attend Veterinary school after completing her undergraduate career at UCSC. She served as the SASA Treasurer during her time spent at SBCC, while volunteering at the local rabbit shelter (BUNS) and wildlife rehabilitation center (SBWCN). She is passionate about social justice and equality for minorities, especially focusing on women, people of color, and the LGBTQ+ community.

Alysha Bhatia

IV COMMUNITY COORDINATOR

SHE/HER/HERS

Alysha is a 4th year Global Studies major with an emphasis in Latin American studies and Spanish. She has always been extremely passionate about justice and helping people get what they deserve and have their voices heard. She hopes to take this passion to law school in the future and utilize the degree to reform our criminal justice system so that everyone is treated equally within the system regardless of sex, gender identity, sexuality, race or class. She has been a hotline counselor for the past two years with Standing Together to End Sexual Assault (previously known as Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center) and has been an intern at the Santa Barbara District Attorney's office for about 6 months.

Emily Montalvo-Telford

Policy Analyst

SHE/HER/HERS

Emily is a UCSB alumna ’19 and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy—with an emphasis in ethics & public policy—and Sociology. She is currently interning at the California State Capitol and is a policy fellow at the Campaign for College Opportunity during her gap year before law school. Emily wants to dedicate her career to ensuring every individual has equitable access to education and healthcare by addressing issues that affect women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community.

Summer Aydelotte

Secretary

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Summer is a 4th year Political Science major who plans on attending graduate school after UCSB. Over the past summer she interned at Congressman Horsford’s office focusing on community outreach and women’s issues. She is passionate about standing up for women’s rights, LGBTQ+ rights, and minorities.

2018-2019 Board of Directors & Founders

Emily Montalvo-Telford

PRESIDENT & UCSB COORDINATOR

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Emily is a 4th year Philosophy and Sociology major and plans to attend law school and/or graduate school after completing her undergraduate career at UCSB. She has always been interested in the relationship between law and culture. She spends her summers interning at the Monterey County Public Defender’s Office and both her summers and academic years interning at the AS Legal Resource Center.

Alya Ruiz

Vice PRESIDENT

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Alya is a 2nd year Global Studies major and plans on joining the Peace Corps before attending graduate school for international relations and upon finishing her undergraduate education at UCSB. She is interested in social issues that affect people on a global scale, and diplomacy and humanitarian work in underdeveloped countries.

Isabel S. Carillo

SBCC COORDINATOR

SHE/HER/HERS

Isabel is a psychology major at SBCC and plans to transfer for fall of 2019. She enjoys nature and hiking greatly, so much that she wants to include some form of wilderness therapy into her career. She enjoys to help people any way she can and has spent her time on campus helping develop a food pantry to support people with food insecurity and assisted in emerging a Center for Equity and Social Justice creating a courageous space for people of minority on campus.

Madeline Loudon

IV COMMUNITY COORDINATOR

SHE/HER/HERS

Madeline is a 3rd year History of Public Policy major and French minor. She plans on going to law school after graduating from UCSB and she is passionate about education policy and general legislative research. She runs UCSB's Voter Registration Volunteer Coalition and co-chairs Lobby Corps on the UCSB campus.

Vince Feliciano

Policy Analyst

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Vince is a 1st year Pre-Sociology major and plans to attend graduate school after finishing his undergraduate education at UCSB. He is passionate about protecting the rights and lives of women, ethnic minorities, the queer community, and the socioeconomically disadvantaged, as well as studying social movements that have combated injustice throughout history.

Kaitlyn Nguyen

Publicity Coordinator

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Kaitlyn is a 2nd year Environmental Studies major and plans to become an environmental analyst or policy maker after completing her undergraduate education at UCSB. She is interested in a wide scope of human rights issues, but most especially environmental rights and sexual rights. She has been involved in several organizations on campus including Residential Housing Association and the Daily Nexus as a staff photographer.

Sherri Lynn Conklin

Development Coordinator

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Sherri expects to earn her PhD from the Department of Philosophy at the University of California Santa Barbara by August 2019. She is a Moral Theorist— conducting research at the intersection of Metaethics, Normative Ethics, Moral Psychology, and Applied Ethics. Sherri also conducts research on marginalization in the profession of philosophy as the Co-Director of the Demographics in Philosophy Project. During her time at UCSB, Sherri has served as the graduate student representative on a number of committees aimed at ending sexual victimization in the UCSB campus community.

For more information about Sherri, please visit her website: www.sherriconklin.com.

Kristine Kazangyan

Secretary

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Kristine is a 4th year History and Political science major who plans to pursue a degree in law after completing her undergraduate education at UCSB. She has always been interested in the historical processes that have influenced current domestic and foreign affairs. She spends her summers interning in political office and works at the AS Legal Resource Center throughout the school year.

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