Meet the C.A.R.E Advocates

Ophelia Augustine & Irene Meloney  

ophelia

Ophelia was originally born in Jacksonville, Florida but has lived in San Diego since the age of two and considers this her hometown. She first arrived to USD as a transfer student in the fall of 2010. During her undergrad years, Ophelia juggled being a full-time mother to two beautiful children, Kaliyah & Elijah, and a full-time student. Despite these challenges, Ophelia never gave up. She wanted to show her children that anything is possible through hard work. During her time at USD, Ophelia served as the Pubic Relation/Vice President/President of the Black Student Union. She was also a participant in the SSS Program and identified as a first-generation, low-income, underrepresent student, with a documented disability. She worked as a student worker in the Technical Services Department at Copley Library and for SSS in preparation for their 2012 Summer Bridge Program.

Ophelia graduated with her Bachelors Degree in Psychology in the spring of 2013 and became an Academic Coordinator for SSS that fall. In addition to advising students, Ophelia is also responsible for recruiting and hiring SSS tutors. Ophelia attributes most of her success to the many wonderful people in her family and throughout the USD community. She believes they helped provide all the love, support, and guidance necessary for her to grow into the woman she’s become today. As a CARE advocate, Ophelia is passionate about providing students with the same support and guidance that she recieved. She is dedicated to empowering students during the response process and ensuring that they have access to resources and support services here at USD.

irene

Irene Meloney, Director for Law Student Affairs at the USD School of Law, provides support and guidance to all JD students and serves as their primary academic advisor. In this role, Irene works extensively with law student leaders and student government. She enjoys the opportunity to collaborate with student groups and enhance the law school experience. She is passionate about her students, and the ability to witness their personal and professional growth in higher education. Ultimately, this lead Irene to volunteer for the C.A.R.E program, in which she feels empowered to provide students with resources, inform them of their options, and help students navigate a daunting process without having to retell their story several times. She feels proud to be a part of a campus organization that embodies USD’s Culture of Care, while also raising awareness in the community about issues of sexual assault and relationship violence. When Irene is not working, she enjoys going on long walks with her dog and husband, being outdoors, or curling up with a good book.