2019 Prevention Summit | Communities First: Centering Those Most Impacted

  • Friday, June 21, 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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JDI's 2019 Prevention Summit

"Communities First:
Centering Those Most Impacted" 

WHEN: Friday, June 21

TIME: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

(Registration begins at 8:00 am)


PARKING: The DCU Center does not have any parking but the City of Worcester offers a $7.00 per day discount for self-pay in the Major Taylor Garage that is diagonally across the street from the DCU Center.


The Summit is an opportunity for prevention educators, campus administrators, health providers, community organizers, youth workers, high school, college and university students to come together and network, share, and grow as part of a community committed to sexual and domestic violence prevention. 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.

The Summit is an all-day gathering designed to build upon participants' knowledge and skills in order to support communities to implement prevention strategies specific to sexual and domestic violence. 


ABOUT THE KEYNOTE: Isa Woldeguiorguis (she/her) is known to many ofyou as the Executive Director of The Center for Hope and Healing, Inc., the rape crisis center serving greater Lowell. For over two decades, she has also been a state and national leader addressing the intersections of sexual and domestic violence with racial equity and developing nationally recognized prevention approaches. Isa is a Board member of the National Women of Color Network, one of the founders of the Massachusetts Women of Color Network (MAWOCN), and a current cohort member of Move to End Violence.

Isa is a well-respected leader and national trainer in the field of children, domestic and sexual violence, systems change, policy and practice. She is well known for her dynamic training style and teaching skills on these topics and for her activism in the areas of racial equity and has authored several articles on topics such as family-centered practice in child welfare, racial and ethnic disproportionality and immigration. At the Summit, Isa will share her experience about what it takes to shift an organization to embody racial justice and sustain a culture that supports and centers the leadership and experiences of people of color, LGBQ/T communities, people with disabilities, and others who live in the margins and why this is so central to prevention work.


[Workshop 1: Deconstructing Masculinity: Body Image as Armor]
Trainer: Justice Roe Williams, Founding Director of BodyImage4Justice

This workshop will engage participants in exploring and challenging mainstream ideas of masculinity by using body image as a vehicle to dismantle and shift social norms and messages about individual identity. We will examine the ways in which our multiple identities (gender, race, class, ability, etc.) affect and inform our experiences of masculinity, particularly embodiment-based prejudice, misogyny and oppression. Starting with body image-- the way we see ourselves as physical beings in the world-- we will look at the various layers of masculinity and individual identity, and how they interact or connect. We will also discuss strategies and tools for challenging these injustices by using self-advocacy and self-care as methods for validating our own lives and experiences, and expanding these strategies into our interpersonal and community work. This workshop will give participants the chance to engage in both small and large group discussions as well as in activities designed to explore and illuminate aspects of both oppression and liberation/ validation. 

[Workshop 2: 2.1 Prevention Primer]
Trainer: Mo Lewis, Prevention Specialist at the National Sexual Violence Resource Center
New to prevention or want a refresher? Then this workshop is for you! This interactive workshop is for those who have an idea of the basics of primary prevention and builds off of the "Primary Prevention Primer" from NSVRC. Information covered will include the Social Ecological Model and an exploration deeper into the differences between Risk Reduction and Primary Prevention. Come with your questions and be ready to join this learning community!

[Workshop 3: ] Understanding & Responding to Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children
This workshop was previously named "Preventing the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Girls"
Trainer: Audrey Morrissey, Associate Director and National Survivor Leadership Director at My Life My Choice. 
Every day, young people are deceived, manipulated, coerced, and forced into the commercial sex industry. This multi-billion dollar industry targets the most vulnerable individuals in our communities. The Understanding and Responding to Victims Training gives service providers, law enforcement, and community member the tools needed to better serve this marginalized population.

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Understand the local and national picture of commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC)
  • Gain knowledge on how to recognize a pimp and common recruitment tactics used to groom our youth
  • Understand the impact of commercial sexual exploitation on the mind, body and soul
  • Understand your role in identifying victims and responding to disclosures

[Workshop 4: From K-12 to the Workplace: Examining the Intersections of Organizational Strategies for Preventing Sexual Violence]
Trainer: Sarice Greenstein, Assistant Director, Culture of Respect
What would it look like if organizational strategies for sexual violence prevention and response truly embrace the reality that sexual violence impacts people across the lifespan? In this workshop attendees will explore this question and identify creative, actionable strategies for their work. First, attendees will work together to compare and contrast organizational approaches to sexual violence from K-12 schools to higher education to the workplace. Then, they will learn about and brainstorm new strategies that: rely on collaborations across diverse institutions; take into account students’ journeys from school to the workplace; and take a comprehensive approach to prevention.

This workshop:

  • Explains how systems for institutional prevention and response of sexual violence vary from K-12 schools, to higher education, to the workplace
  • Identify strategies for prevention that take into account students' pathway from K-12 to the workplace
  • Discuss potential collaborations between and across institutions to improve and expand prevention and response strategies

NOTE: Please register for the summit on MemberLodge first before proceeding to register for your selected workshop. Workshops will only be held in the morning. CLICK HERE for workshop registration, a brief agenda, and more.

INTERPRETATION SERVICES (D/deaf, hard of hearing, language interpretation):

If you are a deaf or hard of hearing person with a disability who requires an accommodation, or are someone who would benefit from language interpretation in a language other than English (ex: Spanish, Portuguese, etc.) please contact Ariel Valdes at ph: 617-557-1801 or   email: avaldes@janedoe.org by Friday, May 31, 2019 In your message, please provide your contact information and accommodation request. You can also indicate any access need on this form.


  • FREE for staff at JDI member programs,DPH-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 avaldes@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 mailto:avaldes@janedoe.org

Food will be served.  If you have any dietary restrictions, please contact Jane Doe Inc. at ph: 617-557-1801 or email: avaldes@Janedoe.org by Friday, June 7, 2019  In your message, please provide your contact information and accommodation request. 

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


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Questions? Please contact JDI at 617-557- 1801 or avaldes@janedoe.org

Funding for JDI's 2019 Prevention Summit was made possible with generous support from the Verizon and from the Massachusetts Department of  Public Health. 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 or Verizon, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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