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
Interim Direcor, Advocate

Direct Line: (402) 472-3573


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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Katie Bogen
Clinical Psychology Graduate Assistant – Trauma, Violence & Abuse Lab

Direct Line: (402) 472-9433


I have worked closely with trauma survivors - including folks who have experienced sexual and dating violence, stalking, hate crimes, trafficking, and harassment - since 2015. In my previous role, I facilitated violence prevention programming across 35+ middle and high schools in New England. I was trained as an advocate for survivors of identity-based violence in Rhode Island before coming to UNL to begin my PhD in Clinical Psychology. My research and clinical work dovetails violence prevention and human sexuality - I hope to empower trauma survivors to live joyful, consensual, and fully-embodied intimate lives. Through the Trauma Recovery Clinic (TRC), I provide evidence-based interventions like Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure to individuals experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or related symptoms. It is my privilege to work as a TRC therapist, and to join the CARE team this year. I am a passionate social justice advocate, focused on celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community, combating antisemitism, and participating in anti-racist action. Bright spots in my life are: my two cats (Abra and Eevee); caffeine; Buffy the Vampire Slayer; the city of Providence, Rhode Island; yoga at Holmes Lake; classical vocal training; my glittering queer community; and my raucous Jewish family.

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Ashley Turner
Graduate Student Intern

I'm currently a second-year student in the Educational Administration Student Affairs M.A. program, as well as the graduate assistant for the LGBTQA+ Center. In all facets of life, I work to ensure that I approach everything I do with a guiding principle of equity and respect for all. Outside of class and work, I can usually be found cuddling my cat, going on long walks, baking, listening to vinyl, and spending time with my partner, friends, and family. After graduation, I hope to continue my work with gender and sexuality programs within a higher education setting. I am so excited to be working with CARE this summer!

Contact Us

CARE is located in Neihardt Center, room 118.

  • Office Hours
  • Monday-Friday: 8 a.m-5 p.m.
  • Phone
  • 402-472-3553
  • Email
  • care@unl.edu
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