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(DAY 3) Advocates' and Directors' Institute: "Sustaining Ourselves"

  • Friday, June 25, 2021
  • 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Zoom (link will be shared with registrants the day before event)
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  • Advocates and All Direct Service Staff at nonprofit organizations.

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"Building a Resilience Ecosystem and Thriving Together"

JUNE 23 - JUNE 25

DAY 3: "Sustaining Ourselves"
June 24th from 10 AM - 3:30 PM



FEE: Free

ACCESSIBILITY: ASL Interpreting and Closed Captioning (CART) will be made available. See the description section about accessibility for more information. 

Audience: Advocates and All Direct Service Staff at nonprofit organizations.

Individual Registrations ONLY. 


Jane Doe Inc. (JDI) is excited to bring advocates, directors, executive directors, anti-violence educators and preventionists, activists, community organizers, human services,  health care providers, administrative, and allies to a three-day institute to learn, share, and network to our Advocates' and Directors' Institute "Building a Resilience Ecosystem and Thriving Together". 


Opening Address
Performance by Bella
Workshop I
Hour Break
Workshop II
Closing Hour (Networking or Wellness Opportunity)


IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A bust, side shot of artist and performer Bella in front of a light grey background. Bella has brown skin and a crown of braids that go past her shoulders. Blocks of writing on the image read, "2019 Portland Poetry Grand Slam Champion - BELLA". Another block of writing reads "Performing June 23 thru June 25." A quote from Bella's poetry is inserted at the bottom right of the image and reads, "I'm good can't you tell by the way my teeth clench into a smile. Become the jail cell for the tongue that always gets caught saying too much." 

Bella is a published author, writer, educator, performer and creator. Her debut book Side Effects of Remembering the Little Things was released in 2019 and since then she has performed on stages all over the country and has been featured in campaigns, anthologies and more. Her passion is to create connection through art so we all feel a little less alone.

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Wanda Swan

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Pictured is Wanda Swan in front of a gray background. Wanda is a Black woman with curly, shoulder length hair. Wanda wears gold hoop earrings and a bright fuchsia blouse. Wanda looks at the camera and smiles her distinct gap-toothed smile.

An advocate, prevention strategist, scholar-practitioner, and influencer, Wanda Swan is a nationally-awarded thought leader in survivor advocacy, anti-oppression work, restorative justice, and violence prevention. She has been deeply embedded within the anti-violence movement as a professional practitioner for over 15 years and her work has spanned across higher education, corporate and state governmental agencies, and nonprofit organizations. As both a curator and co-conspirator of systems and research that informs her field of practice, Wanda currently holds co-founder and leadership roles in professional organizations like Campus Advocacy and Prevention Professionals Association (CAPPA) and The Sexual and Relationship Violence Prevention Education and Response Knowledge Community (NASPA). She is also a national technical assistance provider and consultant who has trained anti-violence professionals on the benefits of adopting the Anti-Oppressive Advocacy ™ framework to better support how historically-marginalized survivors of violence receive care. Wanda currently serves as Founder and Executive Director of The Swan Center for Advocacy & Research, a Georgia-based 501(c)(3) that prioritizes Black and/or African-American survivors of violence. She is also a Research Fellow for the University of New Hampshire's Prevention Innovations Research Center (PIRC) as well as an anti-oppression coach with Start By Talking, LLC., a business she founded and co-owns. In this role she supports nonprofit organizations, corporations, and executive leaders who are interested in interrogating their personal and professional relationships with anti-Blackness and White Supremacy.

Practicing Liberation: No More Self-Sacrifice 

I replied, "Hope is a privilege" on a Zoom call some months back in response to a White male colleague, also in the anti-violence movement, who said he uses hope to fuel passion and action and as a mechanism to stay on track as the world burns around us.  

When I got into the anti-violence movement as an advocate and prevention strategist, there was an unwritten rule that I will be a "lifer" who commits myself to this work and building a world I will never see. It wasn't until 15 years later, until this conversation with this colleague of privilege about sacrifice that I realized I had been hustled. Big time. 

Expecting professionals in the trenches of this work to live by that motto while more privileged voices are given the time to wait and hope for the better days ahead is a reiteration of the capitalist violent system we are all committed to unraveling. It also lends an indication of who will ultimately be left behind. 

So how did we end up here? How did we end up being okay with people sacrificing themselves for the greater good? 

In this Practice Liberation session for direct service providers, Wanda will dive into this rhetoric and its connections to the larger deficits of the current iteration of the anti-violence movement. We will then pave the road to a new world that includes all of us and begin the work of practicing liberation in real time. Only in actively practicing liberation in the now can we expect to utilize it in the future. 

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Zoe Flowers

IMAGE DESCRIPTION:  Pictured is Zoe Flowers in front of a light brown, brick background. Zoe is a Black woman with dark skin and a brown afro. Zoe wears a yellow blouse and  smiles wide at the camera. There are noticeable dimples at the sides of her mouth.

Zoe Flowers has the power to heal with her hands and words. As a playwright, she created ASHES – a play that breathes life into the original stories from her book entitled, From Ashes To Angel’s Dust: A Journey Through Womanhood (FA2AD). FA2AD chronicles the experiences of abuse survivors and ASHES includes new stories about the media, campus sexual assault, body image, and the journey to self-love.  

With more than 20 years in the Non-Profit sector, Zoe is Founder & CEO of Soul Requirements a healing centered consulting business merging art and holistic healing. Zoe’s healing techniques were evaluated by Georgetown University and can be found in Traumatology, 23(2), 143-152. She currently facilitates individual and group healing sessions, retreats, and workshops for clients from New York to Ecuador. 

Afternoon Workshop:
Shaking the Table: Supporting Equitable Service Provision  

This training will provide program leaders with a deeper dive into inequitable service provision and how it shows up in programs, negatively impacts all staff, and interrupts safety and security for survivors of color and other marginalized communities. Participants will also be provided with culturally relevant approaches and strategies that support racial equity in hiring policies, programs, and partnerships. 

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IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Pictured is Indigo Mateo. Indigo is a brown woman who stands in front of a green, plant filled background. Indigo's hair is braided into several braids adorned with golden hair accessories and complements her gold hoop earrings and eyeshadow. She leans against something that appears like a white hammock resting her chin in her palm. Indigo wears a light pink frilled dress with sleeves and looks to the camera with an expression that is powerful.

Indigo Mateo is a singer, songwriter and culture worker who creates to heal and transform. She is a co-owner of her social impact record label, Question Culture (TM) and founder of Soul Showers, a space for those who’ve experienced sexual violence to cleanse shame and ‘heal in the sun.’ Indigo’s first album Intuition, a millennial-soul invitation inward, is streaming everywhere. She is currently due to drop her sophomore album in 2021. To learn more about Indigo’s love work visit or follow @indigomateo on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. 

 About Soul Showers:

Come 'Heal in the Sun' with artist and survivor-abolitionist, Indigo Mateo at Soul Showers. Soul Showers is a space for survivors of sexual violence to release shame and own our stories and solutions. Sometimes healing means rage, sometimes silence, sometimes it's in the warmth of community. Share what healing means to you, and re-fill your worthiness cup in an honest, thoughtful, and joyful community circle!  


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  • ASL Interpreting and Closed Captioning will be made available for the entirety of the Advocates' and Directors' Institute. We still ask that you indicate your access need in your registration.

  • Other Interpretation Services (D/deaf, hard of hearing, language interpretation): If you are a D/deaf or person who identifies as Hard of Hearing, or are a 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 617-557-1801 or In your message, please provide your contact information and accommodation request.  

  • Privacy: Attendees names and images may become visible during the event. You're welcome to use the "rename" function on Zoom if you do not want your name to appear. All private chats between organizers and attendees are not recorded. By registering for this , you give your permission for your likeness to be included in any and all materials created by JDI, including but not limited to print, electronic, and social media.

  • Community Accountability: By signing up for this training, you agree to review our Community Accountability Guidelines 

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Funding for the Virtual Advocates' and Directors' Institute was made possible with generous support 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 Massachusetts Department of Health, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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