The Care Center was named and dedicated to Jean Nidetch in 1994 after her generous donation to fund the center and to set up a scholarship endowment for students who have faced and overcome adversity in achieving their academic goals.

CARE Advocates

The Care Advocate program was founded in 2002 as the S.A.F.E. (Sexual Assault Facts and Education) Team, and they provided peer education to UNLV students about the prevention of sexual assault on campus. The SAFE Team began incorporating domestic and dating violence education in 2008.

After receiving funding from the Office of Violence Against Women (OVW) Grant in 2011, The Care Center began offering crisis intervention and advocacy services to UNLV students, staff, and faculty. Through in-office services, and the 24/7 Care Line, the Care Advocates continue to provide trauma-informed and healing centered services to the UNLV community.


The Care Center aims to end various forms of power-based personal violence by engaging the campus community in education, programming and transformative action. The Care Center’s long term goals include establishing the Care Center as a national leader in providing access to holistic healing from trauma, and engaging in individual, community and systemic anti-violence advocacy through an anti-oppression lens. 

Mission Statement

The Care Center serves UNLV students, faculty, and staff who have been impacted by sexual assault, sexual harrassment, relationship abuse, family violence, and/or stalking. The center operates from an anti-oppression framework to provide trauma-informed and healing-centered care, including:

Campus Education and Student Engagement

  • Presentations and tabling for UNLV classes and student organizations
  • Annual awareness month events
  • Customizable trainings for UNLV departments

Institutional and Systemic Advocacy

  • Campus and statewide task force membership
  • Engaging in and informing research and policy
  • UNLV Support Team membership

The Jean Nidetch Scholarship Fund

  • Up to five years of  academic financial support for undergraduate and graduate students

Client Service and Case Management

  • Direct support meetings
  • Care Survivor Fund
  • UNLV appointment accompaniment
  • UNLV support team membership

Healing Through Connections Programming

  • Holistic healing modality workshops
  • Outdoor retreats
  • The Student’s Guide to Radical Healing Zine
  • Healing library

Training and Development Program

  • Confidential Care advocate training for UNLV student volunteers
  • Ongoing professional development and supervision of Care Advocates
  • Technical assistance, training, and support for national, state, and community partners

Open House/Meet and Greet

Open House/Meet and Greet