The Center for Awareness, Resources, and Education (CARE) is a Tufts University wide confidential resource for all students. CARE seeks to provide supportive, inclusive, accessible and non-judgmental services by;
Providing educational programs and workshops on topics such as; sexual health, consent, healthy relationships, and campus climate.
Serving as a resource to all students impacted* by sexual violence, and
Bringing awareness around sexual health and bystander intervention through our student Sex Health Reps and Green Dot Ambassadors,
*CARE supports all students impacted by sexual violence including those who; have been directly affected, are supporting a peer, going through an investigation/adjudication process, and/or found responsible.
Ariel Watriss MSN, NP-C She/her/hers Sexual Health Specialist and nurse practitioner at Tufts and background member of CARE, Ariel provides consulting and education to the Sex Health Reps
⭐️What do you like most about your work with CARE? My favorite part about working with CARE is the bridge we create between the clinical, the education, and the outreach with students. We really need to make sure that students get sex-positive and body-positive language and understanding moving forward in their own sexual health autonomy, and CARE does that.
⭐️Why are you interested in this work? College health is a super interesting time. For a lot of young people, this is the first time in their lives that they’re dealing with their health on their own. Plus, they’re often also figuring out who they are sexually, and unfortunately, not everyone comes to Tufts with he information they need to do that safely. I really love being a part of helping them figure that out—it’s so important. I want people to feel empowered in their bodies and and I get to help them do that as part of CARE and Health Services.
Summer favorites: ⭐️ Book? The Expanse series by James S. A. Corey ⭐️ TV show? The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Susie is my fav ⭐️ Podcast? Harry Potter and the Sacred Text, Serial, and Wow in the World
⭐️ What’s an event you’re looking forward to this fall? Sex in the Dark and other Q&A events where I get to talk with students ... See MoreSee Less
⭐️Why are you interested in this work? I think our stories matter, and I think relationships and intimacy and boundaries all characterize our stories and how we tell them. I've been involved in sexual violence prevention since I was an undergrad at Tufts and I realized I wanted to work alongside people to feel like they have control over their stories and have space to tell them. Very happy to now be part of the team of staff and students doing that work here.
⭐️What are you most looking forward to this year with CARE? In addition to our new orientation program Can We Talk, I'm excited for us to take on a new role in the Take Back the Night event in the fall. It feels like there's growing energy around creating safer spaces and lifting up survivors' stories. I'm excited to bring a lot of that together in collaborative programs like Take Back the Night and continue to build the movement on campus creating cultural change around sexual violence.
Summer favorites: ⭐️ Book? Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli ⭐️ TV show? Killing Eve ⭐️ Podcast? The Jump with Shirley Manson ⭐️ anything else? everyone should check out Cleo, an album by Oompa, a rapper and poet from Roxbury! ... See MoreSee Less