Marina Wood, M.A., is the Advocate at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) in San Bernardino, California where she provides advocacy and support services for survivors of sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, stalking and sexual harassment. In her time at CSUSB, Marina has trained a group of 11 students for 12+ hours in principles of violence prevention so they may lead prevention efforts on campus under her guidance and supervision. The group, VOICE, has provided trainings on stalking, consent, communication, boundaries, healthy relationships, and LGBTQ+ sexual violence in their short time since being trained in winter 2015. Marina has also worked closely with the Office of Strategic Communication to create a training video on dating and domestic violence for students to serve as an option to fulfill their annual “End Sexual Violence” training requirement. She recruited CSUSB students, staff, faculty, and alumni who are survivors and their allies to provide information, testimonials and resources for the video. Marina has trained RA’s, University Police, Counseling and Psychological Services, the CSUSB DREAM Center, the local Rape Crisis Center, as well as students and staff on a variety of topics. Marina also serves as the club advisor for the student club “Safe Sex Alliance,” which provides reproductive and safer sexual education and awareness.
Before coming to CSUSB she served at the Interim Coordinator of Violence Prevention Education at California Polytechnic University in Pomona, CA. At Cal Poly Pomona Marina facilitated a weekly women’s circle, provided prevention education presentations, RA and internship trainings, survivor advocacy, and planned awareness programming. Before Cal Poly, Marina was the Prevention Coordinator at the House of Ruth, a Domestic Violence Shelter and Outreach Center in the Pomona valley. As the Prevention Coordinator she provided presentations on several topics including Teen Dating Violence, Healthy Relationships, Bullying, and DV 101 to local schools and community groups. She also created and implemented several long-term curriculums, many of which ended with a PSA project wherein the students made videos to teach other students about concepts they learned such as consent, healthy friendships, bullying, teen dating violence, and gender roles. She was also the Volunteer Coordinator and ran two 40-hour Domestic Violence Certificated Volunteer trainings a year and supervised over 60 volunteers. Marina earned her Master’s degree in Cultural Studies and Media Studies from Claremont Graduate University and her Bachelor’s degree in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies from California State University, Long Beach.
Marina has been a campus and community organizer and activist for almost fifteen years, mainly in pro-peace, human rights, women’s rights, migrant’s rights, and LGBTQ+ movements. She has training and experience in sexual assault and domestic violence crisis counseling, feminist facilitation, and prevention education and has a passion and knowledge of media justice and literacy. Marina has created workshops, curricula, trainings and projects, namely the Revolutionary Filmmaking Project, Guatemala which was about feminism, film, and violence prevention for youth in Guatemala City, Guatemala in fall 2011. Other relevant experience includes having worked as the Graduate Assistant/Program Coordinator at the Queer Resource Center of the Claremont Colleges, the Prevention Education Coordinator at Mujeres Iniciando en las Americas, Guatemala, and Interim Prevention Educator at Long Beach Sexual Assault Crisis Agency. Marina has also volunteered as a hotline advocate while in college, ESL instructor and community organizer for day laborers in her local community while in graduate school, and a medical interpreter and health educator for the past 6 summers.
Lately, Marina enjoys traveling for pleasure, hanging out with her cats, and practicing radical self-love and growth with her feminist community.
She will serve as the Research & Practice Co-Chair of the Campus Advocates & Prevention Professionals Association (CAPPA) Leadership Council for 2016-17.