UCSB Thriving, Not Just Surviving Co-facilitators
Fall 2021

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Our Co-facilitators

Each of our Thriving, Not Just Surviving co-facilitators has a unique style and set of experiences. Get to know our co-facilitator team by scrolling through their bios below. We are happy to be offering several small Thriving, Not Just Surviving groups this Fall. We encourage participants to request a specific co-facilitator that feels most approachable to them when prompted in the registration process. Scroll down to learn more!

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Krystal Wilbert 
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Undergraduate Program Coordinator & Co-facilitator

Hello everyone! My name is Krystal and I’m so excited to be a Program Coordinator and Co-Facilitator for The Thriving Initiative. I’m dedicated to supporting survivors of interpersonal violence and I hope to create a safe space for our community, where everyone feels comfortable, respected, and supported. I’m looking forward to serving as an active resource for our participants in the Thriving, Not Just Surviving Series. Thank you, and I hope to see you soon!

Contact: kwilbert@thethrivinginitiative.org

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Jasmine Alimova 
(she/her/hers)

Graduate Programs Coordinator & Co-facilitator

Hello! I am so honored and grateful to return as a Co-Facilitator for my third year running the TNJS workshop series. As a UCSB 2020 graduate as well as former CAPS Mental Health Peer and CARE Peer Educator, I am passionate about supporting survivors while ensuring a safe, comfortable, and supportive environment. I am also determined to create a space that values judgement-free open communication, genuine validation, and absolute respect of everyone's boundaries, without question. My facilitation style is compassionate and 100% participant centered-- I believe in actively listening to what individuals in the group need to heal, and doing everything in my power to provide exactly that. This can include not speaking when you're not up for it, taking breaks when you need it, getting connected to resources, being completely honest about your emotions, and overall being your authentic self. I understand that taking this step towards healing can be difficult and anxiety-inducing, so I want to build a community in which all participants feel completely at ease and know that they can rely on myself and fellow group members during this process. Together, we can acknowledge and celebrate any and all steps towards healing, and support each other when our healing journeys aren't going as planned. Thank you for visiting my bio-- I'm looking forward to a beautiful 6 weeks with y'all!

Contact: Jalimova@thethrivinginitiative.org

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Andrew Foley (he/him/his)

Program Assistant

Hello, my name is Andrew and I am a 3rd year Psychological and Brain Sciences major on a pre-med track with a soon-to-be Spanish major or minor. I am a huge film fanatic! I especially love watching foreign movies. I also love gardening and growing my own food. I enjoy swimming, my favorite stroke is butterfly! I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to connect with my peers in such a unique way through the Thriving Initiative.

Contact: Afoley@thethrivinginitiative.org

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Vidhisha Mahesh (she/her)

President & Program Co-facilitator

Vidhisha is a fourth year majoring in Psychological and Brain Sciences and Film and Media Studies. She enjoys writing, biking, astrology, and working with friends on film productions on campus. Vidhisha’s favorite thing about Thriving is how it imagines what a truly safe community looks like—one that creates space for joy and healing, while honoring each individual's unique needs, comforts and journey.

Contact: vidhisha@thethrivinginitiative.org

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Tony Muñoz (he/him/el)

Program Co-facilitator & Director of Program Services 

Hello everyone! Thank y’all so much for signing up to be a part of Thriving, Not Just Surviving the workshop series! I really want to say how great it is to see that we can come together and really just heal in community. It is not the easiest thing to put yourself out there and seek some form of support, but the fact that you are doing it, just highlights your resilience and strength. 

I’ve been involved with The Thriving Initiative for almost two years now, and each quarter that we have offered TNJS, I have always felt like I am leaving the space feeling restored and holding such a positive light. This has been the only space that I have found where survivors of multiple identities can come together in a safe space, and connect on a level that doesn’t just focus on the clinical aspects of being a survivor, but rather, focuses on the healing, the aftercare, the human-ness of the journey. 

As a co-facilitator, I am dedicated to making sure that the space feels safe and comfortable. As a current CAPS Mental Health Peer and co-facilitator for a group therapy space for undocumented students, I recognize that in order for healing to begin, one must feel supported, safe, and listened to. I’m committed to making sure that everyone feels like they have the opportunity to share, to take a step back if need be, or to just relax in a peaceful space with no pressure to turn on your camera or chat. The world is already filled with so much turmoil so I am dedicated to making sure that at least in this space, you have the ability to choose what is best for you. Trust and know that you will be respected and appreciated. 

This is such a rare space that has been created and I am so excited to have the opportunity to be in community with you, to learn new modalities of healing together, and to carve out our own space together. Looking forward to Fall 2021 of Thriving, Not Just Surviving!

Contact: tmunoz@thethrivinginitiative.org

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Alexus Espino (she/they)

Coordinator & Program Co-facilitator

Hello everyone! I am so stoked to be in your presence and to learn new modalities of healing with you! Here at Thriving Not Just Surviving, we are committed to providing a safe space for survivors of multiple identities to come together and connect on a holistic level that isn’t achieved in a clinical setting! As a former basic needs advocate and Health & Wellness Advocate and now current co-facilitator at TNJS,  I am dedicated to creating a safe, comfortable, and supportive space for members to flourish and thrive together. Trust and know that you will be respected and appreciated at all times! Sending you positive vibes! :)

Contact: aespino@thethrivinginitiative.org