Human Sexuality Program Students
Students of the Human Sexuality program at CIIS
Angela Esquivel is a PhD candidate in Human Sexuality at CIIS. Her research interests surround the identity development of survivors of sexual violence, namely how those who have experienced this type of trauma come to integrate such a label into their overall sense of identity.
In addition to her academic pursuits, Angela works full-time as Assistant Dean of Students at Stanford University. She is also Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the As One Project, a national 501(c)(3) organization that supports friends and family of survivors of sexual assault.
Angela graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Southern California, and she also holds a Master of Arts in Higher Education from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
A survivor of sexual assault, Angela has committed herself to leveraging traumatic experiences into powerful catalysts for change. She served over 300 hours as a rape crisis counselor for the District of Columbia Rape Crisis Center, answering calls on the hotline and meeting survivors at the hospital who were receiving forensic medical examinations. Furthermore, Angela taught an undergraduate-level course in Human Sexuality at the George Washington University for four years.
In July of 2012, Angela was asked to speak alongside Senators Boxer (D-CA), Murray (D-WA), and Blumenthal (D-CT) at a United States Senate press conference in support of the reauthorization of the bi-partisan Violence Against Women Act. Angela's was one voice of many that ultimately led to Congress passing this significant legislation in February 2013. Her remarks can be viewed on YouTube here.