The Phoenix Center at Anschutz is located in Ed 2 North, Floor 3, Room 3101. If you take the southernmost staircase/elevators to the third floor, we are located directly outside the elevator. We offer a quiet, confidential space for you to share your experiences, ask questions or gather information. We are also available to meet over the phone or via zoom, if preferred.
Comprised of the Program Manager and several student and staff volunteers, The Phoenix Center offers support, academic advocacy, resources and referrals to Anschutz students, staff and faculty. We can provide support as well as guidance on how to best handle a situation where someone has disclosed an experience or concern regarding interpersonal violence.
Rachael is our Program Manager. She attended Kansas State University where she studied Human Services and Women's Studies. While in school she volunteered and worked at the local Domestic Violence shelter where she provided advocacy and support for survivors of violence. She then moved to Orlando, Florida where she attended Florida A & M University, College of Law. She began working with the student and local LGBTQ + population in the Orlando area. She worked to bring the first legal action for Gay Marriage to the Florida court system and established the college's first LGBTQ + and ally student body organization. She graduated from law school and moved to Denver, CO where she began working as an advocate in both community and government-based entities. She participated in and co-chaired the Domestic Violence Legal Issues Committee established by the Colorado Bar Association. She has provided support for those who have experienced violence in several locations including: The Crisis Center, Denver City Attorney's Office, Safehouse Denver as a liaison located at the Department of Human Services and at the Rose Andom Center. Rachael began working as a Victim Specialist at the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office where she provided legal advocacy and supported victims through the criminal justice system. While at the DA's office she provided support to all crime victims covered under Colorado’s Victim’s Right Act. Witnessing the additional burdens faced by the non-english speaking, undocumented community, she collaborated to establish the Statewide Bilingual Victim Advocate Committee; to create a web of support for those who may be additionally marginalized due to their status. While working for the DA's office, she transitioned to the Victim Advocate & Restorative Justice Facilitator for the Diversion & Counseling Program where she provided a voice for victims within the Diversion process, including facilitating communication between the harmed parties, those that caused harm and the community. Rachael is a member of CCASA Public Policy Committee, and the SART Committee out of the 18th. Rachael is passionate about advocating for marginalized populations and empowering people through the dissemination of knowledge. In her free time Rachael enjoys the Colorado Mountains, tending to her garden and being with her fur-kid, Morris.
Rachael can be reached at email@example.com
Email Address: Trisha.Agarwal@cuanschutz.edu Program: Medicine Why I’m passionate about/active in the PCA: Growing up as a woman of color, I've learned many individuals like myself struggled with cultural barriers that hinder discussion and perpetuate a cycle of gender violence. As an advocate for the PCA, I'm passionate about promoting safe spaces through an intersectional lens with a focus on trauma-informed literacy and education.
Email Address: Medha.Gudavalli@cuanschutz.edu Program: Medicine I love the PCA because it's a place of empowerment and support. You never have to worry about being believed, belittled or unheard. I think the services PCA provides are crucial to the CU Anschutz community and have the potential to transform healthcare. I hope to always serve survivors of sexual assault, intimate-partner violence and gender violence by promoting victim-centered and trauma-informed healthcare
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org Program: Child Health Associate/Physician Assistant (CHAPA) Why I’m passionate about/active in the PCA: I’m passionate about addressing the social determinants of health that play into an individual’s ability to thrive and live a prosperous and healthy life. Domestic violence plays a huge role in the health of an individual and is not always addressed as well as it could be by friends, family, or health care providers. I hope to provide a safe and comforting place for people to go to if they need someone to talk to or if they want resources or other information surrounding domestic violence. Feel free to reach out to me at any time if you would like to talk!