Meet the EmPOWER Center Team
Rima Shah, EmPOWER Center Director
Rima (she, her, hers), has worked for the last 19 years on sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, stalking, and sexual health in the U.S. and India, in both university and non-profit settings. She started at the Claremont Colleges as the inaugural director of the EmPOWER Center in late 2015. Prior to coming to The Claremont Colleges, Rima spent three years at DePaul University in Chicago where she served as their first full-time staff member addressing interpersonal violence. She served as a confidential survivor advocate as well as implemented year-round programming on violence prevention and survivor support. Prior to that, Rima worked as a capacity building consultant for Family Health International in New Delhi, as a research associate for the World Institute on Disability in Oakland, and as a program development consultant and national trainer at the Asian and Pacific Islander Wellness Center in San Francisco.
Rima holds a Masters in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley and a Masters in Sociology from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She speaks English, Hindi, and Gujarati.
Self-care: Biking, walking, and time with her naughty eight year old son
To contact Rima, email her at RShahEmPOWER@claremont.edu or call her at (909) 607-2689
Evelin Setaghian (she, her, hers), Psy.D., has worked for the last several years as a counselor supporting survivors of sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking. She serves as a Project Sister Family Services counselor located at EmPOWER. She recieved her Master's in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University in 2013 and was the Lead Therapist at a residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. She then earned her Doctorate Degree in Applied Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2017 and completed her pre and post doctoral training with Project Sister Family Services treating sexual abuse for all ages, child abuse, and bullying. Evelin speaks English, Armenian, and Farsi.
Self-care: spending time with friends, family, and her dog Simba
To schedule an appointment with Evelin, call (909) 607-0690
Evelin Setaghian, Part-time Project Sister Counselor located at the EmPOWER Center
Anna (she, her, hers), is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist with over 4 years of clinical experience working with adults, adolescents, and children. Anna graduated from the University of La Verne with a Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy and is passionate about working in the mental health field. For the past two years, Anna has worked as a sexual assault therapist at The Claremont Colleges and at a nonprofit.
To schedule an appointment with Anna, call (909) 607-0690
Anna Athanasoulis, Part-time Project Sister Counselor located at the EmPOWER Center
Olivia (she/they), is a senior at Pitzer College, double majoring in Media Studies and Performance Studies.
Olivia has worked as a Pitzer Advocate since her freshman year, doing peer to peer support for survivors of sexual assault, planning events, and working with other advocate groups during the restructuring of Title IX at the Claremont Colleges.
Olivia is passionate about survivor advocacy and rethinking systems of punishment, justice, and healing on a larger scale.
To contact Olivia, email them at email@example.com