COVID-19 Updates:

Our team is available by phone, Zoom and in-person meetings and email during regular office hours.

Our Mission

The Center for Advocacy, Response & Education (CARE) believes in the strength and resilience of individuals and communities impacted by sexual/relationship violence. Our focus is supporting survivors and offering educational opportunities for the campus community. We offer a safe, inclusive, survivor-centered space while providing confidential support focused on individual needs and concerns.

Our Vision

We envision a campus where:

  • Sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and sexual harassment is not accepted.
  • Victims and Survivors receive the advocacy, compassion, and support they deserve.
  • Our campus community challenges the practices and policies of our institution regarding sexual and relationship misconduct.
  • Education surrounding sexual and relationship violence is a part of every Huskers’ experience.
  • The campus community is trained in how to support survivors with empathy and compassion as well as provided available resources and referrals.
  • Prevention is everyone’s responsibility.

Meet the Team

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Melissa Wilkerson
Advocate

Direct Line: (402) 472-3573

Melissa.Wilkerson@unl.edu

My passion for working with survivors began in 1993 when I first started volunteering with a service that assisted victims of domestic violence. My first professional position as an advocate was in 2001 in the Denver area at the District Attorney’s Office where I worked until 2014. I’ve been with the university as an advocate since 2018 and feel incredibly fortunate to work on this campus supporting survivors and working to help create a safer campus community. Outside of my work on campus, I stay busy with my family and our goldendoodle, Mavis. I love to spend time outside and enjoy gardening as my favorite self-care activity. I’m a huge college basketball fan and believe that March Madness is the most wonderful time of the year.

My passion for working with survivors began in 1993 when I first started volunteering with a service that assisted victims of domestic violence. My first professional position as an advocate was in 2001 in the Denver area at the District Attorney’s Office where I worked until 2014. I’ve been with the university as an advocate since 2018 and feel incredibly fortunate to work on this campus supporting survivors and working to help create a safer campus community. Outside of my work on campus, I stay busy with my family and our goldendoodle, Mavis. I love to spend time outside and enjoy gardening as my favorite self-care activity. I’m a huge college basketball fan and believe that March Madness is the most wonderful time of the year.


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Lanie Stutz
Advocate

Direct Line: (402) 472-3299

lstutz2@unl.edu

I’ve been working within the higher education realm for the past six years. I started working with campus sexual violence prevention for my graduate assistantship at the University of Northern Iowa. After graduating with my master’s degree in Student Affairs and Higher Education, I started working as a hall director in residence life. My passion led me back to working with campus sexual violence where I started my advocacy role. My love of the work brought my family and I to Nebraska where we are transitioning to life as Huskers!
Outside of work I’m not found without my two cockapoo pups at my side. I love being outside and attending any and all flea markets trying to find crafts to flip and reimagine. My partner and I are board game and tv enthusiasts!

I’ve been working within the higher education realm for the past six years. I started working with campus sexual violence prevention for my graduate assistantship at the University of Northern Iowa. After graduating with my master’s degree in Student Affairs and Higher Education, I started working as a hall director in residence life. My passion led me back to working with campus sexual violence where I started my advocacy role. My love of the work brought my family and I to Nebraska where we are transitioning to life as Huskers!
Outside of work I’m not found without my two cockapoo pups at my side. I love being outside and attending any and all flea markets trying to find crafts to flip and reimagine. My partner and I are board game and tv enthusiasts!

Contact Us

CARE is located on the 3rd floor of the Nebraska Union in suite 345. The office sits between the Women’s Center and the LGBTQA Center.