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MESA: Multicultural Efforts to end Sexual Assault Conference

January 29, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

About the Gathering:

MESA’s Multicultural Gathering is an event that focuses on developing strategies for sexual violence prevention in under-served and under-represented communities. The gathering focuses on giving voice to the needs of Latina, Muslim, Asian, African-American/Black, Native American Indian, Tribal, Indigenous and all Ethnically/Racially diverse, Deaf communities and LGBTQ+ Communities and People with disabilities in the violence prevention movement. This Multicultural Gathering will provide people from under-served and under-represented communities from all over the country the opportunity to connect and mobilize around all forms of violence.

This event is co-sponsored by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, Purdue University- Latino Cultural Center and Purdue University – Native American Educational and Cultural Center

Featuring: “The People’s Drum”

Lunch Keynote Speaker: Juan Carlos Areán, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Casa de Esperanza and
Sr. Director of the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families & Communities
“Transforming Latino Men to End Violence Against Women.”

Emiliano Diaz de Leon, Speaker and Writer, “Engaging Latino migrant men and boys in sexual violence prevention”

Strong Oak and Sayra Owens Pinto, Visioning Bear Circle Coalition, “Walking in balance with All Our Relations: a community building sexual violence prevention approach on traditional, indigenous values prior to colonization”

Teresa Webb, Indianapolis Urban NDN League-“Using storytelling for healing in Native American/Indigenous communities”

Nancy Smith, Director of the Center on Victimization and Safety at the Vera Institute for Justice-Creating Accessible sexual violence prevention efforts and Stephanie Smith-Bowman, deaf social worker with 18 years’ experience as a psychotherapist and advocate, will present a 3 hour training on “Creating access for the Deaf Community in sexual violence prevention work.”

Tony Showa, Drum maker, Storyteller and Ceremonial singer, “Understanding the impact of Boarding Schools on Primary Prevention of sexual violence in Native/Indigenous Communities”

michael munson, co-founder and Executive Director of FORGE, an organization focused on improving the lives of transgender individuals by building stronger connections, providing resources, and empowering growth through knowledge, will present two workshops on “Increasing access and respect for Transgender communities in sexual violence prevention and services”

Kimber J. Nicoletti, “Preventing child sexual abuse in migrant farm worker communities”


January 29, 2015
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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