Jane Doe Inc.'s 2017 Prevention Summit: Transforming Communities

  • Thursday, April 27, 2017
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • DCU (50 Foster Street, Worcester, MA 01608)
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  • Open for purchase beginning March 13th.


Transforming Communities 

A day-long gathering for preventionists and practitioners to explore the intersections between gender-based violence, prevention strategies and social justice responses.  Participants will have opportunities to learn about innovative community-based prevention programming specific to sexual and domestic violence that are underway at the local, state and national levels as well as engage and network with prevention colleagues from across the state.

WHEN: Thursday, April 27

TIME: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

(Registration begins 8:00 am)


PARKING: The DCU Center does not have any parking but the City of Worcester offers a $5.00 per day discount for self-pay in the Major Taylor Garage that is diagonally across the street from the DCU Center.


Nubia Peña

Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault

"Disciplined Too Young & Too Often: Understanding The School-To-Prison Pipeline and Implications for Prevention"


The Summit is a capacity-building event, which is designed to support communities to implement prevention strategies specific to sexual assault and domestic violence.  Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about innovative community-based prevention strategies that are underway at the local, state, and national level, as well as network and dialogue with their prevention colleagues from across the state.


Ms. Nubia Peña, received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law in May 2016. She was selected as one of 25 law students in the nation to be recognized and highlighted for her social justice activism in the National Jurist, a leading news source in legal education. Ms. Peña has actively sought to bring awareness to issues of violence and systemic oppression through her personal and professional endeavors. She has close to a decade of experience assisting survivors of domestic abuse, sexual assault, and victims of violent crimes as a Law Enforcement Victim Advocate. Since 2007, Ms. Peña has been the Training and Prevention Education Specialist at the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault (UCASA) where she developed trainings on Teen Dating Violence, Latino Youth Empowerment, Assisting and Empowering Immigrant Survivors, and Understanding Rape and Sexual Assault. Her most recent endeavors include bringing awareness across the U.S. to the intersections of violence prevention and the School-to-Prison Pipeline, a national epidemic that targets our most vulnerable youth with disproportionate school discipline practices that streamline them into juvenile detention centers. In addition, Ms. Peña served as the Program Coordinator for the Racially Just Utah Coalition where their mission is to positively and proactively ensure racial equality in Utah through policy reform, accountability, and education. Ms. Pena has recently joined the zealous team at the Utah Juvenile Defenders Office where she advocates for youth rights during detention and delinquency proceedings. 

To learn more about the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault please visit http://www.ucasa.org/

ABOUT THE WORKSHOPS (all workshops will be offered twice):

WORKSHOP I: Practice A.R.T.: How to Apply the Basics of Anti-Discrimination Response Training in Prevention Efforts. Nubia Peña, Training and Prevention Education Specialist at the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault (UCASA)

During this workshop, we will go beyond the fundamentals of traditional diversity workshops by learning to apply techniques that set clear boundaries when witnessing discrimination, encouraging group norms that discrimination will not be tolerated, and maximizing on moments when paradigm shifts are possible. This training will encourage rape prevention educators to incorporate anti-discrimination advocacy throughout their entire curriculum instead of reserving it for one section, which is less likely to encourage empathy and cohesion among participants within their larger community.

To learn more about the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault please visit http://www.ucasa.org/

WORKSHOP IIJust Beginnings Collaboration. Strong Oak, Visioning B.E.A.R. Circle Inter-Tribal Coalition & Meg Stone, Impact Boston are both inaugural grantee organizations of the Just Beginnings Collaborative, a national network of leaders and organizations working in the movement to end child sexual abuse. Their work has tremendous impact in MA and beyond in representing unique strategies designed to raise visibility and setting strategic priorities for a world without child sexual abuse.  Together, they will discuss their approaches to this work, and the theory of change that underlies their programming.

To learn more about the Just Beginnings Collaboration, please visit http://justbeginnings.org/category/organizations/

WORKSHOP III: Using Media Campaign and Technology in Sexual and Domestic Violence Prevention EffortsGabby Santos, Director of LGBT Health Services at In Our Own Voices Serving the needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender People of Color in Albany, NY

This workshop will engage participants to address and respond to the following questions. Does social media fit into the spectrum of initiatives/responses to prevent SA/DV?  Are campaigns against SA/DV an effective way of mobilizing social norm changes?

To learn more about In Our Own Voices, please visit http://www.inourownvoices.org/About.html

WORKSHOP IV: Bringing a Broader Community Perspective to Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Prevention. Preventionists from SA/DV programs across the state will be engaged in discussions about the following questions:  How have/did you identify/demonstrate the need for community-focused solutions in your culturally specific organization? How do you “mobilize” or bring your community’s perspectives/experiences/etc. of pro-social behaviors on the part of potential bystanders? What community mobilization approach are you utilizing for increasing community receptivity to prevention messages?  Presenters TBD


If you are a deaf or hard of hearing person with a disability who requires an accommodation, please contact Diana Mancera. at ph: 617-557-1806, fax: 617-248-0902, email: dmancera@janedoe.org, by April 6, 2017 In your message, please provide your contact information and accommodation request.


  • FREE for staff at JDI member programs, RPE funded programs, and high school/ college/ university students
  • $55 per person for staff at allied organizations
  • Each person must register individually. There is no group registration or group discounts.

A few important notes about registration:

  1. Space is limited. Registration is REQUIRED. If necessary, JDI may create a waiting list.
  2. No refunds will be issued.
  3. If you are unable to attend, please notify JDI at dmancera@janedoe.org at least 48 hours in advance of the program date.

Please note that if you are unable to arrive, please notify JDI 48 hours before the day of the workshop at dmancera@janedoe.org

Food will be served.  If you have any dietary restrictions, please contact Jane Doe Inc. at ph: 617-557-1806, fax: 617-248-0902, email: dmancera@janedoe.org, by April 6, 2017 In your message, please provide your contact information and accommodation request. 

This workshop has been developed for JDI member programs, DPH funded rape crisis centers and JDI invited guests.


Questions? Please contact JDI at 617-557-1821 or dmancera@janedoe.org

Funding for this event was made possible in part by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.  The views expressed in written materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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