Contact Us

The Rape Crisis Center is staffed by professional survivor advocate and education specialist, and several student advocates who are confidential resources that connect survivors with professional counselors and other critical campus resources.

The center is located in Usdan G-108. Enter Usdan through the doorway that is labeled with both Office of Prevention Services and Gender and Sexuality Center, and take a left. You will see signs pointing you to the hallway in which the RCC and the Office of Prevention Services are located. If you’re having trouble finding the office, call us during business hours at 781-736-3370.

RCC Advocates hold office hours from noon to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, during the regular Brandeis calendar, and are open for drop-in meetings.

Students may drop-in anytime during business hours or schedule a specific appointment by calling the Center at 781-736-3370 or emailing Learn what to expect when you call the RCC.

Professional Staff

Our confidential counselors, located in the Office of Prevention Services, can be contacted for appointments via email.

Trish Glover
Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
781-736-3016 Usdan G-108

Trish Glover is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and works primarily as the Trauma Specialist at the Brandeis Counseling Center. She is passionate about supporting survivor of sexual trauma. She has 13 years experience working in sexual assault response, support and education, including clinical training at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center and professional experience at multiple Rape Crisis Centers in Massachusetts. In her free time, Trish enjoys art, dance, traveling and spending time with her dog and partner.

Purnima Sahgal
Interim Survivor Advocate
781-736-3016 Usdan G-108
Office Hours: Walk In Hours: Tuesday & Friday, 10:00 a.m. - noon; Appointment Hours: Tuesday & Friday, 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. These can be made by email, phone or stop by her office.

Purnima Sahgal is Interim Survivor Advocate at the Brandeis Rape Crisis Center. She is on campus on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. She will provide confidential crisis intervention and short-term counseling for survivors of all forms of sexual assault or domestic violence. She will address any concerns related to the survivor's psychological and emotional well-being, physical safety and academic performance. Purnima's training began as a volunteer with the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center's (BARCC) outreach program and later worked with survivors of domestic violence at the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence (ATASK). She continued her clinical training at the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families as well as the Cambridge Health Alliance’s Victim of Violence program. Purnima is currently an individual and family therapist at South Shore Mental Health in Quincy working with children, adolescents and adults. She is a graduate of Simmons School of Social Work. Purnima has two sons and is passionate about photography and travel. An avid world cinema enthusiast, she also enjoys both Eastern and Western classical music. Her self-care practice includes daily meditation and cooking for pleasure.

Elba Valerio
Interim Program Manager-Office of Prevention Services
Elba is a confidential resource but not a counselor
781-736-3626 Usdan G-108
Office Hours: Monday: 12pm-5pm; Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: 9am-4pm; Friday: 9am-1pm

Elba Valerio is the Interim Program Manager of Office of Prevention Services. She is the administrative support for the team, coordinating room reservations, managing the budget, and answering any questions students may have about resources available on campus for survivors. Her office hours are Monday from noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. She is a confidential resource who is here to listen and provide information.

During her free time, Elba practices self care by taking group exercise classes such as Zumba, bootcamp, dancing, yoga and pilates. She also enjoys watching her favorite sports team play (New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox and Celtics). Elba enjoys traveling and learning new aspects of the areas she travels to.

Student Coordinators

Saren McAllister '18
Office Coordinator
Baolu Chen '19
Advocate and Volunteer Coordinator
Serena Shen '19
Media and Communications Coordinator

For press or media interests regarding the Rape Crisis Center, please contact Serena Shen.