Allyanna Pittman: Education and Outreach Specialist

"One of the most important things that UC Davis taught me was how to be an informed consumer of research."

Allyanna Pittman

Name: Allyanna Pittman

Company: UC Davis

Major: Economics & Psychology

Graduation: 2017

I graduated from UC Davis in spring 2017 after completing a double major in economics and psychology. While I was a student, I was a research assistant for the Asian American Center for Disparities, an economics tutor, the Outreach Student Assistant for the UCD CARE office, and the Financial Analysis & Risk Management Student Assistant for the California State Lottery. Right after graduating, I was presented with the opportunity for a full-time position with the UC Davis CARE Office and have been working there ever since.

What do you do as an Education and Outreach Specialist?

As CARE's Education and Outreach Specialist, I am primarily responsible for creating, delivering, and evaluating sexual violence prevention education for UC Davis' undergraduate population. This involves first-year/transfer orientation, mandatory education for Athletics and Greek life, training and supervising our undergraduate peer educators, and collaborations with other campus departments. I am also responsible for outreach through social media and awareness campaigns. A small portion of my job duties is dedicated to providing direct services to UC Davis affiliates who have experienced sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, and/or sexual harassment.

How did your UC Davis education prepare you for this work?                                                                                                                                                                                

One of the most important things that UC Davis taught me was how to be an informed consumer of research. My current job requires me to put together programs and educational material that is backed by evidence-based research. Being able to know how to access that information and assess its validity are skills I credit to my education here at UC Davis.

Are there any classes or activities from Davis you found particularly helpful?                                                                                                                                                                                

I started out as a volunteer and then became a student assistant for the CARE program. Spending three years with this unit was what ultimately led to me obtaining a full-time position with them. Also, UC Davis is structured in a way that makes it really easy to find different communities and resources. I was able to become connected with many groups on campus as a student, which helped facilitate great working relationships between these different communities and CARE.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Do you have any advice for current students?

Your undergrad career will fly right by so you really have to take advantage of the unique opportunities you have available to you. Make an appointment with the ICC, utilize counseling services if you are feeling overwhelmed, try out different things and figure out what you enjoy! Don't just spend every second of your free time studying (the law of diminishing marginal returns definitely applies to hours spent studying!). Enrich your experience by building connections with other people and actually developing technical skills.