About Us

Mission Statement

Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services exists to facilitate the success of students by providing advocacy and confidential counseling to those who have experienced sexual/gender-based harm during their time at USC.

Through its educational programs, Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services fosters a better understanding of sexual violence, relationship abuse, stalking, and healthy relationships/sexuality. Above all, Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services serves as a haven for students and provides opportunities to make change on campus, through its educational programs and peer outreach program, VOICE .

Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services fosters an environment that enriches the USC experience across lines of gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, class, ability and sexual orientation.

Commitment to Diversity

Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services is committed to creating safe and affirming spaces for all people. Our center and staff are committed to students of all genders and gender identities and strive to provide an affirming space for all students.

The University of Southern California prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical disability, mental disability, disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era. Gender includes a person’s sex assigned at birth and their gender identity, expression, or behavior, regardless of whether that identity, expression, or behavior is traditionally associated with their assigned sex.

Clinical Staff

Dr. Brenda Ingram, EdD, LCSW
Director of Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services
Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Pronouns: she, her, hers
(213) 740-4900
Brenda has an extensive background in gender-based violence as a clinical director, trauma-informed psychotherapist, educator and advocate. She has a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix, a Masters in Social Work from California State University, Sacramento and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UCLA. Her research has focused on the impact of community violence on educational attainment for African American elementary students. She has developed her expertise in sexual trauma, sex trafficking in communities of color, racial trauma and historical/intergenerational trauma. She enjoys international travel, listening to jazz and playing her saxophone for self-care along with spending time with her family, friends, and two great dogs.

Dianna Linares, LCSW
Clinical Social Worker
Pronouns: she, her, hers
(213) 740-4900

Dianna graduated from California State University Long Beach with a Masters of Social Work. She has worked in the non-profit sector for over 11 years and specializes in crisis response, individual counseling, advocacy and outreach for survivors of gender based harm/trauma, ethnic minorities and others within the marginalized community. Dianna enjoys being outdoors, staying active and spending time with friends and family.

Emily Shinne, PhD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Pronouns: she, her, hers
(213) 740-4900

Emily is a licensed clinical psychologist with Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services (RSVP). She earned her undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Media & Culture Studies at University of California, Riverside. She went on to earn her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at University of Detroit Mercy. Emily’s clinical experiences have included serving clients in counseling, community-based, and medical settings. She completed her predoctoral internship at Louis Stokes Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio and her postdoctoral fellowship, specializing in trauma-informed care, at Loma Linda Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Emily’s previous research investigated the impact of sexual objectification. Emily is passionate about trauma-informed care, advocacy, education and community outreach related to sexual violence, and trauma-sensitive yoga. Emily is excited about once again being a California resident and spends her free time with family and friends, trying new restaurants, being outdoors, and exploring all that Southern California has to offer.

Lisa Huynh, B.A.
Graduate Student Volunteer
Pronouns: she, her, hers
Lisa is a Master’s student studying Communication Management through the USC Annenberg School. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Communications Studies with a Minor in Women’s Studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, before moving to Los Angeles for an internship at Ms. Magazine. She has worked and volunteered for several non-profits specializing in feminist issues in both North Carolina and California over a span nine years. Lisa currently volunteers at the Downtown Women’s Center, Planned Parenthood LA, and Dress for Success in addition to RSVP. In her free time, Lisa enjoys discovering new things to do in the city and catching up on her favorite podcasts.

 

 

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