The SAFE Office

Interpersonal Misconduct Prevention and Support


Director, Cathryn Councill

Cathryn Councill is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker here at Rice University. She facilitates the LGBTQ Ally Training on campus and acts as the staff advisor for the undergraduate STRIVE Liaison program as well.  She has extensive experience working in the fields of domestic and sexual violence, as well as working with persons living with HIV, those experiencing drug and alcohol addiction, and providing support to the gender and sexual minority community.  Cathryn loves swimming, playing games, and spending time with her wife, family of cats and her dog, Oreo.


Associate Director, Janie Guerrero

Janie Guerrero holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and is currently working towards a masters in Social Work from the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has worked in the fields of domestic and sexual violence for the past 9 years supporting survivors through her different roles as Residential Mentor, Hotline Advocate, and Bilingual Counselor at The Houston Area Women’s Center and in her current role as a Resource Navigator here at Rice, providing supportive services to students and facilitating workshops and trainings in the community. Janie is the staff advisor to Graduate STRIVE. She enjoys eating pizza, watching The Office, and spending time with her cat, Leo and dog, Georgia.


Resource Navigator, Martin Giron

Martin Giron holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Houston and a Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. He has collaborated with undocumented and LGBTQ+ communities in Houston on a variety of research and community projects, and has written articles on local LGBTQ+ community organizations and leaders for OutSmart Magazine. Martin is a former Rice graduate student and in his current role as Resource Navigator at the SAFE Office, Martin facilitates conversations around graduate student relationships at Rice. He spends his free time FaceTiming friends, shopping online, and playing with his rescue cat, Rosie. 


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