Meet the EmPOWER Center Team

Rima Shah, Director

Rima (she, her, hers) has worked for the last 18 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.


Self-care: Biking, walking, and time with her naughty seven year old son


To contact Rima, e-mail her at or call her at (909) 607-2689

Lauren Lockwood (Lauren Elmore), OVW Grant Project Coordinator 

Lauren (she, her, hers) brings a wealth of experience as a trainer and educator on topics related to sexual violence, dating/domestic violence, stalking, and harassment. Her interest in this field grew while she attended graduate school at USC. While pursuing a Ph.D. in English Literature and Gender Studies, she volunteered as a community violence prevention educator and crisis counselor on the Los Angeles Rape & Battering Hotline. Lauren recently served as a full-time confidential survivor advocate at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she provided direct support, education, and referrals to survivors of sexual- and gender-based violence and trained campus and community stakeholders on campus policies and best practices for responding to students impacted by violence.

Lauren holds bachelors degrees in English and Journalism from the University of Georgia and a masters degree in English Literature from the University of Southern California.

Self-care: Restorative yoga, cooking, watching the Dodgers and entirely too many TV dramas

To contact Lauren, e-mail her at or call (909) 607-0933

Evelin Setaghian, (she, her, hers) Psy.D., is the Project Sister Counselor located at the EmPOWER Center. Evelin worked at the EmPOWER Center 20 hours per week and at Project Sister 20 hours a week in 2016-2017, but for the new academic year 2017-2018 we are excited to have her at the Center full-time! Evelin speaks English, Armenian, and Farsi.

To schedule an appointment with Evelin, call (909) 607-0690
Evelin Setaghian, Project Sister Counselor located at the EmPOWER Center

Isabel (she, her, hers) is a Pomona senior studying Gender & Women’s Studies and Psychology. Her academic pursuits align with a deep interest in the intersection of social justice, public health, healing and survivor support. Isabel has previously worked in the field of maternal-child health as both a community advocate for children with pediatric HIV/AIDS and as a clinical research fellow in a prenatal care setting. She is incredibly excited to merge these past experiences in community settings with her deep passion for survivor support, consent education and advocacy at the EmPOWER Center.

In her free time, Isabel practices self-care by getting outside, doodling, practicing yoga, taking naps and eating good food.

To contact Isabel, e-mail her at


Isabel Schmidt, Intern

Sneha (she/her/hers) is a sophomore at Pomona from India. She has a strong interest in human rights (prevention of violations and survivor support). Sneha has previously volunteered at shelter homes in Mumbai with survivors of human trafficking, advocated for child rights, and helped young teenagers understand sexual assault in India. She is very excited to pursue her interests in survivor support and understand how to make resources more accessible to the international community in Claremont. 


Apart from this, Sneha loves to read, write poetry, sing along to old school music in her room, talk to her family, and get tea with her friends!


To contact Sneha, email her at

Sneha Shrotri, Intern

Lilly (she, her, hers) is a senior at Pitzer studying Psychology and Music. She has a strong passion for community work and education surrounding sexual assault, mental health, social wellness, and healing. Lilly has previously worked as a crisis-line volunteer and on-scene advocate at Middle Way house (a domestic violence shelter in Bloomington, IN) and as a research assistant at the Kinsey Institute. She also currently works as a Pitzer Advocate. She hopes one day to be both a therapist for survivors and a sex/consent educator, working to prevent violence of all kinds. Lilly feels deeply aligned with the mission of the EmPOWER Center and is extremely grateful to have the opportunity to contribute to such a vital resource on the 7C campuses! 


Self-care: singing/playing music, drawing/making art, watching ASMR videos, being outside, and cuddling my roommate’s puppy! 


To contact Lilly, e-mail her at 

Lilly Sterenberg, Intern

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