Viviana Arcia (Stanford, ’13) was a double major in Feminist Studies and CSRE.
She was an activist in the feminist and anti-violence against women movement during her time at Stanford, and she focused her undergraduate research on sexual and domestic violence against women in marginalized communities. Her Feminist Studies focus centered on transformative justice and community-based responses to sexual and domestic violence within the anti-violence against women movement. At Stanford, she co-founded Stanford’s first support group for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, served as the Chair of Women’s Issues within the Stanford student government, and was President of the Stanford Women’s Coalition and Vice President of Stanford’s V-Week, the latter of which helped raise funds for anti-violence against women organizations. During her time at Stanford, she also worked in a legal self-help center, helping low-income litigants with legal work in family law, and as a Domestic Violence Counselor for WOMAN, Inc.’s domestic violence crisis line.
Viviana is currently working full time as a Litigation Assistant for the Prison Law Office, a nonprofit public interest law firm focused on prisoners’ rights and monitoring conditions of confinement in California’s prisons. When not working, she volunteers at San Francisco’s Cooperative Restraining Order Clinic, helping survivors of domestic violence and stalking file restraining orders.