The Center for Empowerment and Education

Meet The Team

Cara During (she/her/hers)
Director of Community Impact

Cara came to CEE with a B.A. in both Sociology and Gender Studies from the University of Rhode Island. Cara started her work in the anti-violence field in 2008. Previously, she has worked as a Peer Advocate at URI where she provided counseling and advocacy to clients and helped conduct over 150 presentations a year. Cara then worked at the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence as a Prevention and Communications Intern until she moved to Florida where she worked with survivors of sex trafficking as a Residential Life Coach and a facilitator for the My Life My Choice prevention program at Selah Freedom.

Cara has been with CEE since 2016, starting out as a Prevention Educator. She now serves as the Director of Community Impact. Cara shares that prevention and advocacy are in her blood and are what drives her every day. She is passionate about working at CEE because she hopes one day to see a world where our services are no longer needed, and she knows that the path toward that goal is prevention. She loves working with the college population and aims to help make campus a safer place for all.

Cara loves dogs, enjoys playing guitar in her spare time, and loves to travel!


Rachel Krehel (she/her/hers)

Campus Counselor/Advocate

Rachel is a recent graduate of Western Connecticut State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She was involved on campus as the Vice President of the Social Work Club and currently volunteers at Parent Connection in Newtown to provide support to parents, guardians, friends, and family members that are affected by their loved one’s substance use/abuse.

Previously, Rachel worked at Triangle Community Center in Norwalk, Connecticut as an intern. At TCC, she provided case management services, developed a curriculum/co-facilitated the Autism and Anxiety support group, was involved in the young adult programming, food drives, and collected resources to support the LGBTQ+ community.

Rachel is thrilled to be back on campus working with the student population and has a passion for advocating for all individuals who may need assistance in navigating difficult life challenges and experiences. During her free time, Rachel loves to spend time thrifting, hiking, taking care of her pet chickens, swimming in the ocean or reading a great book on the beach.

Our campus staff are certified domestic violence and sexual assault counselors in accordance with CGS 52-146k.