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Sexual and Interpersonal Violence

Confidential Advocates

Any Lewis & Clark community member may speak with a Confidential Advocate, whether you are a survivor, a friend of a survivor, a concerned student, or a faculty or staff member. All interactions with the CA are confidential.

Confidential Advocates (formerly known as SARAs) are trained to respond to and support survivors of sexual and interpersonal violence. Each Confidential Advocate values and understands diverse perspectives, experiences, and identities. CAs are not here to tell you what to do, instead they offer non-judgmental support and help you understand your options. They will offer you overall assistance, support, information and follow-up regarding any form of sexual and interpersonal violence as outlined in the Lewis & Clark College Sexual Misconduct Policy.

To learn more about CA confidentiality, click here.

To get in touch with a Confidential Advocate, contact one of the individuals listed below directly via email or phone. If you are contacting a Confidential Advocate who is an Area Director, indicate to them that you want to speak to them as a CA.

***ATTENTION Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, engagement with Confidential Advocates are limited to phone and video meetings, until such time as it is safer to meet in person. We will update this site when that time comes.

Please note that an individual CA’s availability varies according to the academic calendar, and may be a little less predictable due to COVID-19.  Availability is noted with the individual’s contact information.  See the key below for clarification:

Available = available most days/weeks with some exceptions

Partially Available = available for parts of the term, away for others

Unavailable = not available for fall term


Melissa Osmond (she/her/hers), Available
Associate Director for Health Promotion
Confidential Advocate Coordinator
(w) 503-768-7112, (c) 971-319-2992

Melissa has been at Lewis & Clark since 2004, serving as a Confidential Advocate and coordinating the program since 2005. She has a master’s degree in Public Health, with a focus on international and women’s health. Melissa serves on several state and local committees that address gender-based violence prevention and response. Prior to coming to Lewis & Clark, Melissa worked in Haiti promoting women’s health; as an outdoor professional with various youth conservation corps and wilderness therapy programs; and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo, West Africa. Outside of L&C, she enjoys the outdoors, her backyard, and planning the next international travel adventure.

Kimberly Brodkin (she/her/hers), Available
Associate Professor with Term of Humanities,
College of Arts and Sciences
(w) 503-768-7678, (c) 503-853-3266

Kim has been at Lewis & Clark since 2002, teaching introductory and advanced courses in Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, History, and the Core program. Kim holds a PhD in U.S. and Women’s/Gender History, though she loves dedicating her teaching energies to interdisciplinary courses that draw upon multiple fields of inquiry. Kim also serves as faculty director of the Gender Studies Symposium and Ray Warren Symposium on Race and Ethnic Studies, in addition to supporting students in their work with the Feminist Student Union, Disabled Students Union, and Synergia: Journal of Gender Thought and Expression. Away from campus, Kim keeps busy with her partner and two children.

Dominique Gardner (she/her/hers), Available
Assistant Director, Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement
Assistant Director, International Students and Scholars
(w) 503-768-7178

Dominique has been at Lewis & Clark College since 2014 where she started as an Area Director of Campus Living. She received her BS in Animal Reproduction and Development from Oregon State University and her M.A. in College Student Affairs Administration from University of West Florida. Dominique has served as a Confidential Advocate for five years and has seven years experience in first responder crisis response. Her office is located on the 3rd floor of Templeton, straight up the spiral staircase. She welcomes visitors, and always has coffee going as well as a full candy bowl.

Tori Leder (She/Hers) Available
Assistant Director and Executive Assistant, Office of Equity and Inclusion, (w) 503-768-7186
Tori has been at Lewis & Clark since 2017, serving in the Office of Equity and Inclusion in various roles. Prior to Lewis & Clark Tori worked at the Urban League of Portland running youth programs for K-12 students. Tori has a BA in Political Science and Ethnic Studies from Willamette University and is set to start a Master’s of Social Work program from University of Washington online come Fall 2020. Tori has 4 years of experience with crisis management, inclusive practices, and trauma informed response. Tori became passionate about survivor advocacy in college when volunteering for the Center of Hope and Safety in Salem, OR. Outside of Lewis & Clark, Tori enjoys binging any reality tv show, teaching yoga and meditation, and spending time with loved ones.


Frances Lessman (she/her/hers), Available
Administrative Coordinator for Educational Leadership, Graduate School of Education and Counseling
(w) 503-768-6142

Frances has been at Lewis & Clark since 2017 working in the Educational Leadership department at the Graduate School of Education and Counseling. She is also a student in the Student Affairs Administration program and earned a BA in International Relations at UC Davis. Prior to moving to Oregon, she volunteered at WEAVE, an organization providing crisis intervention for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors, in Sacramento, CA.

Rafe McCullough (he/him/his), Unavailable
Assistant Professor
Graduate School of Education & Counseling
(w) 503-768-6144, (c) 503-208-5311

Rafe has been at Lewis & Clark since 2016, teaching in the Graduate School for Education & Counseling. He has a PhD in Counselor Education & Practice. His teaching and research interests center on advocacy, multicultural and social justice, and LGBTQ issues in counseling - especially transgender concerns. Prior to coming to Lewis & Clark, he served as a clinical mental health counselor in a college counseling center and as a professional school counselor.

Rajesh K. Reddy (he/him/his), Unavailable
Visiting Professor and Interim Director,
Animal Law LL.M. Program
(w) 503-768-6895

A graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School, Raj teaches courses in animal law and directs the Animal Law LL.M. program at the Center for Animal Law Studies. Raj began serving as a SARA in Fall 2018. In addition to his JD, Raj holds an M.A. and PhD in English, as well as an MFA in Creative Writing. He currently sits on the boards of Minding Animals International, the Animal Law Section of the Oregon State Bar, and Encompass, which strives to raise awareness about the experiences of and to advocate for people of color in the farmed animal advocacy arena.


Laura Shier (she/her/hers), Available
Academic English Studies
(w) 503-768-7319

Laura has been at Lewis & Clark since 2014, serving as the director for the Academic English Studies Department. She has 30 years of experience as an instructor and program administrator, working with international and non-native speakers of English in higher education settings in the U.S. and abroad. She uses her intercultural knowledge and communication skills to help students understand and navigate American culture both on and off campus. She served on Lewis & Clark’s Committee for Diversity and Inclusion for 4 years. She also has volunteered at public schools in college advising and served as a board member for a public state charter school.


More contacts

Campus Safety Office: (503) 768-7777

Counseling Service: (503) 768-7160

Health Service: (503) 768-7165

Health Promotion and Wellness: (503) 768-8225

Student Support Services: (503) 768-7191

Vice President of Student Life: (503) 768-7110

Campus Living: (503) 768-7123

Resident Adviser Duty Phone: (503) 768-8999