My name is Jasmine Brown, and I am the new volunteer coordinator for RCASA. I recently graduated from the University of Virginia, with double majors in African American Studies and Studies in Women and Gender. I also “unofficially” minored in Psychology. My educational background was dedicated to understanding the oppression and disenfranchisement of people of color, particularly women of color across cultural and continental lines. I have a special interest in advocating against domestic violence and sexual violence against women, in addition to how laws and policy affect victims of such heinous crimes against human rights. As volunteer coordinator for RCASA, I will use my knowledge and interests to empower our volunteers to get more involved in advocating for victims of sexual assault, as well as giving them the knowledge to help prevent sexual assault and other forms of violence against women and gender.
The blog theme for September is “ Self Care,” and there are quite a few things I do to take care of myself. Sleeping is a priority. Without sufficient sleep, the body continues to feel worn out and tired. Lack of sleep can also become reflective in the work you do. I also think it’s important to have goofy moments of relaxation where you aren’t concerned about work or any other stressor that may be in your life. Laughing regularly is also a good way to keep one’s self from becoming tense and un-enjoyable. I hope these tips are as helpful to you as they are to me .