4th Biennial Kansas Conference for the Prevention of
Sexual & Domestic Violence – Virtual
Equity, Inclusion, Diversity & Access:
Exploring Innovative Anti-Oppression Strategies for Lasting Transformation
September 16, 23, & 30, 2021
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All session presentation recordings are available until November 7, 2021
Thursday, September 16, 2021
Just Another Fast Girl: Exploring Slavery’s Continued Impact on the Loss of Black Girlhood (CLE: Approved MO; Approved KS)
Mikah Thompson, Associate Professor of Law, University of Missouri. This session will provide a brief history of slavery’s impact on the definition of rape. During the session, we will also consider whether race continues to affect the justice system’s treatment of survivors of sexual assault.
Pathways to Prevention: Centering Identity Affirmation and Personal Agency
Tonjie Reese, Founder of eleven24 – When people feel affirmed, they are better equipped to display personal agency and make healthy relationship choices. This session will address the needs of young people and offer methods of affirming their identities in order to create a sense of belonging within their communities. Through activities and discussions, the participants will develop a deeper understanding of intersectionality, identity affirmation, adultification bias, and promoting personal agency in order to enhance prevention efforts.
1. Title IX: The Basics (CLE: Approved MO; Approved KS)
Kaiti Dinges, Executive Director, Jana’s CampaignInterested in learning more about the federal civil rights law, Title IX? Join this learning session to review the history of Title IX, be updated on the 2020 regulations and the current state of Title IX, and what you can do to assist in ensuring all students have access to an education free from gender-based violence.
2. Introduction to Reweaving Our Social Fabric: Kansas Comprehensive Plan to Prevent Sexual and Domestic Violence
Stefanie Olson, Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Brandy Williams, MOCSA (Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault)In 2019, a group of stakeholders from across the state came together to update the Sexual and Domestic Violence State Action plan. The group identified 6 goals to work on in the next five years. Each goal includes examples of activities that local organizations could undertake to prevent SV/DV in their communities. Each goal also includes a report of work currently being done at the local level, that can be expanded. MOCSA, the local Rape Crisis Center in Kansas City, KS, has multiple projects that are addressing goals in the State Action Plan. Representatives from MOCSA and Kansas Department of Health and Environment will walk through the Action Plan and discuss how local agencies can take ideas for activities and get support from partner organizations and state offices to expand prevention efforts in Kansas.
Thursday, September 23, 2021
Cultural Self-Awareness for Legal Professionals (CLE: Approved MO; Approved KS)
Mikah Thompson, Associate Professor of Law, University of Missouri. This session will challenge attendees to consider whether their cultural values impact the quality of service they provide to their clients. During the session, we will also discuss whether cultural differences can lead to biased decision-making.
Responding with RAHMA: A movement to institutionalize sexual violence prevention in Muslim American communities
Nadiah Mohajir, Co-founder and Executive Director, HEART Women and Girls
Navila Rashid, Outreach and Community Engagement Manager, HEART Women and Girls This learning session will explore the work of HEART, a national nonprofit working with and alongside Muslim communities to ensure they have the language, resources, and choice to nurture sexual health and confront sexual violence. The learning session will explore the responding with RAHMA framework, a simple tool grounded in the Islamic value of RAHMA, or compassion, to help individuals respond to disclosures in a victim-centric way.
1. You Make the Difference: Transforming Trauma and the Experience of an Immigrant Survivor (CLE: Approved MO; Approved KS)
Nasim Hoomanrad, Founder and Owner, Find Love Within Coming from the shadows within the shadows of society, immigrant survivors of abuse are resilient in their pursuit to live while carrying an insurmountable weight of trauma within them. In this session, we will connect to the experience of an immigrant survivor of abuse and learn important elements of trauma that can and will impact your working relationship and advocacy with them. Representing them in their legal opportunities is just one element of the difference you make. Beyond that, is the opportunity to look at life from their eyes. We will discuss the aspects and impacts of trauma; the additional barriers faced by immigrants; utilizing trauma-informed care for attorneys, and tools to guide your client from surviving to thriving. In this session, we will also discuss the impacts of this work on you as their legal counsel, and ways to support your well-being as hold space for your clients.
2. Rediscovering our interconnectedness: How public health frameworks can be used to create space for everyone
Mo Lewis, National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)
Louie Marven, National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)Sexual violence will never end without also ending all forms of oppression. Incorporating public health frameworks like risk & protective factors and social determinants of health can help us reconnect with other social movements and ensure that our prevention efforts are community-specific. If you are curious about how these can be used to improve your prevention focus, join NSVRC staff for a thoughtful discussion about the ways we can rediscover our interconnectedness.
Thursday, September 30, 2021
1. Build Your Own Campus Outreach Strategy!
Rachel Gadd-Nelson, Baker University If you’re a busy advocate or educator who is tasked with campus outreach alongside all of your other important responsibilities, this workshop is geared towards giving you practical tools and strategies for building relationships with your local colleges and universities. We’ll explore the relationship between advocacy and education, how to promote advocacy values in higher education, and best practices for prevention education. This will be an interactive discussion where you can brainstorm and connect with colleagues from across the state – but don’t worry, no breakout rooms!
2. Trauma-Informed Care: The Missing Link to Wellness and Healing (CLE: Approved MO; Approved KS)
Nasim Hoomanrad, Founder and Owner, Find Love WithinThe services are trauma-informed. So are the organizational policies, procedures, and trainings. So what is missing from our learnings about trauma-informed care that keeps our organizations, programs, staff, and clients in a perpetual cycle of revictimization and retraumatization? Answer: the unpacking of what each one of us brings to the work. In this session, we will explore the missing link with trauma-informed practices and teachings within our organizations and movement. We will explore the importance of asking ourselves and our staff questions like, “What brought me to this work?” and “Why do I do what I do?,” just as much as we learn about trauma, crisis intervention, therapeutic modalities, and empowerment. It is no coincidence that we are pulled into this work and movement. There is a purpose in it for us as much as the clients we serve. We will explore ways to dive into self that feels safe, to obtain support for care, and to increase awareness of red flags to prevent burnout and vicarious trauma that perpetuates trauma within and out. We will discuss the importance of wellness in our work and the substantive difference it makes for our lives, organizations, and clients.
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM CST
Presentation was not recorded for this session
Reimagined Prevention through a Social Justice Lens (CLE: Approved MO; Approved KS)
Nubia Peña, Director, Nubia Peña Consulting The past year has been deeply impactful as we navigated a global pandemic, racial reckoning, educational divides, and a targeted focus against civil liberties. This session will encourage programming that incorporates a social justice lens to inspire and develop engaged youth leaders through a culturally relevant educational experience rooted in anti-oppression principles. This is especially important with today’s polarized climate around immigration, race relations, civil rights, and the lack of support for survivor narratives, which must be addressed in order to create bold and empowering intersectional efforts.
Providing and Increasing Equitable Language Access for Victims and Survivors
Ester Serra Luque, Director of Community Services, Transition House, Inc. This session will provide knowledge and skills for legal professionals and advocates concerning their roles in increasing language provision, the connection between language and safety outcomes, and offender accountability.
Mikah K. Thompson is an Associate Professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. She teaches the following courses: Civil Procedure, Evidence, Race and the Law, and Employment Law. Professor Thompson’s research centers on the intersection of evidentiary law and critical race theory. She also writes on the pedagogy of legal education with a particular emphasis on techniques for infusing cultural self-awareness into the first-year law school curriculum. Professor Thompson is an affiliate faculty member at the UMKC School of Medicine where she manages a program that educates future physicians and other medical professionals on anti-racism and cultural bias.
Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Thompson was the Director of Affirmative Action and Title IX Coordinator for the UMKC campus. In that role, she coordinated the university’s response to internal complaints of discrimination, harassment, and gender-based violence. She also handled the university’s response to complaints of discrimination investigated by local, state, and federal administrative agencies and served as the campus’ ADA Accommodations Coordinator.
Professor Thompson is a certified mediator in the states of Kansas and Missouri and frequently provides continuing legal education in the areas of employment law, professional responsibility, and implicit bias. She earned her law degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Professor Thompson is a wife and mother of four, including two adult daughters and a set of twin boys who are 12 years old.
Tonjie Reese is a Detroit native, preventionist, storyteller, and creative. Her passion for ending domestic and sexual violence began as a sophomore in high school when she participated in an interactive traveling play focused on teen dating violence and has continued through her roles as prevention program director, community educator, shelter advocate, and national community initiatives coordinator.
In her roles, Tonjie has used her passion for prevention to provide training in academic and community settings, organize young people to be activists in their communities, and enhance program delivery by addressing intersectionality. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science from Grand Valley State University and a Masters of Art in Education, Leadership, and Change from Antioch University in Los Angeles. Tonjie is driven by the belief that everyone has a role in violence prevention. Her motto is, “It’s up to us to define what our role will be!”
Kaiti Dinges, MPS is the Executive Director of Jana’s Campaign, Inc.a national education and violence prevention organization with the single mission of reducing gender and relationship violence. In her role, Kaiti oversees all internal and external operations, as well as provides programming and training to thousands of students and community members. Kaiti has been deeply involved in the gender-based violence prevention community since 2015 and holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Fort Hays State University. For local, state-wide initiatives, Kaiti currently serves as a Subject Matter Expert on the Education & Awareness Committee for the Kansas Sexual Assault Response Advisory Committee, as well as is a member of a sub-group for the Kansas Sexual and Domestic Violence Primary Prevention Advisory Committee. In addition, Kaiti serves on the National Advisory Council for the Conference on Crimes Against Women. Kaiti is a dog-loving, adventure-seeking, family treasuring, motivated feminist dedicated to violence prevention.
Stefanie Olson & Brandy Williams
Stefanie Olson is the Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Program Manager for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Currently, she leads the SVPE work at KDHE with 4 community coalitions, 1 campus program and 17 schools across Kansas that are engaged in primary prevention efforts. She is a member of Safe States Alliance’s Anti-Racism and Health Equity Work Group and KDHE’s Health Equity Action Team. Stefanie lives in Topeka and enjoys reading, cooking and spending time with her daughters when they are home on breaks.
Brandy N. Williams, LMSW, MSW is the Director of Education at the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA), a rape crisis center that provides free education, prevention, crisis intervention and counseling to survivors and their families in the Kansas City Metropolitan area. Brandy has been in the field of sexual violence, including a focus on child abuse and neglect for over 20 years. Brandy is driven to provide awareness and a focus on prevention when it comes to sexual violence and all forms of violence, especially violence that systemically negatively impacts marginalized people and communities. Brandy stays busy as a current board member with the LGBTQ Mid-America Chamber of Commerce and will begin teaching as an adjunct professor at Park University in the fall. Brandy enjoys spending her down time with her partner and three children as well as their two dogs.
Nadiah Mohajir & Navila Rashid, MSW
HEART Women & Girls
Nadiah Mohajir is a lifelong Chicagoan, Pakistani-American-Muslim, mother of three, public health professional, reproductive justice activist, and anti-sexual assault advocate.
She is the Co-founder and Executive Director for HEART Women & Girls. For the last ten years, she has led the organization to provide sexual health education and sexual violence awareness programming and advocacy to thousands of individuals, organizations, and campuses across the country. HEART has broken many cultural barriers, raising awareness and advocating for important issues such as sexual and reproductive health, sexual violence, and media literacy. HEART ultimately aims to dismantle the stigma, silence, and systems that prevent individuals from seeking information, healing, and justice.
Nadiah has worked in public health and reproductive justice for over twenty years in a variety of settings, including, but not limited to research, academics, policy, and community health. Her past work includes projects such as redesigning teen pregnancy programs, improving pregnancy outcomes in low-income communities in Chicago, running sex education programming for vulnerable youth, and evaluating innovative cross-sector partnerships in public health.
She earned her Master’s degree in Public Health in 2009 from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago. Nadiah has also participated in a number of fellowships, including the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute, Germanacos Fellowship, is a recipient of the Women’s Innovation Fund and most recently was selected to participate in NoVo Foundation’s Move to End Violence program. She is also the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2018 Chicago Foundation for Women’s Impact Award and the El Hibri Foundation’s Community Builder award. She currently serves on the executive board of directors for the National Women’s Health Network.
Navila Rashid is a Muslim, Queer, Bangladeshi-American. She’s a trauma-informed forensic social worker, community educator, and gender-based violence consultant.
She joined HEART in 2019 full-time, and is the Outreach and Community Engagement Manager. Before HEART, Navila was consulting for public defenders, government agency staff, and nonprofits to support in creating safe(r) spaces for victims & survivors either through organizational programming or 1:1 case management.
Navila Co-Founded a web-based platform, ‘The Cathartist’ for victims & survivors, allies, and co-conspirators to find a safe, judgment-free home for their storytelling as a part of their journey on coping and healing. Navila is also featured as a survivor in the award-winning documentary, Breaking Silence, where she addresses the nuances and experiences of being a survivor of sexual violence in a Muslim and South Asian community, and the journey towards healing.
She earned her Master’s in Social Work from Long Island University-Brooklyn, a Post-Baccalaureate Degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and a BS in Health Science and Creative Writing from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.
Navila currently straddles life between Brooklyn, NYC and Northern Virginia.
Nasim Hoomanrad, MSW is a nonprofit consultant, energy healer, spiritual coach, and creative. As a social worker and social justice advocate in the field of domestic/sexual violence and immigration for over 12 years, Nasim’s experience has focused on supporting survivors in accessing trauma-informed services and playing a critical role in shifting cultural and societal barriers that continue to perpetuate gender-based violence within organizations and communities.
Nasim’s experiences include developing coordinated community responses at local, state, and national levels; community engagement and collaboration to increase trauma-informed service delivery; expanding social services and social work nationally within immigration advocacy organizations; and most currently, leading a foundation-funded project expanding healing justice practices through exposure of nonmainstream healing modalities and heart-centered team engagement for nonprofit organizations.
Nasim is a facilitator and trainer on issues ranging from cultural competency and trauma-informed care to cultivating a healing justice framework into organizations’ practices and services. Nasim’s work today focuses on a healing-centered approach in her services and offerings, individually and organizationally. Nasim served on the Board of Directors for the Women of Color Network, Inc. (2014-2019).
Education earned her masters of social work from Washington University in St. Louis (2011); Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin (2008); Reiki Mastership (2018); Landmark Education.
Mo Lewis & Louie Marven
Mo Lewis is the Prevention Specialist for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), providing training and technical assistance to state and territory sexual assault coalitions, departments of health, community programs, and other organizations working to develop and evaluate comprehensive sexual violence prevention strategies. In addition to sexual assault prevention, Mo has experience working in HIV prevention, youth empowerment within LGBTQ communities, sexual health promotion, and program evaluation. Mo is a co-author of the FLASH curriculum, a comprehensive sexual health education curriculum for middle and high school students, and co-founded a violence prevention coalition in King County, WA.
Louie Marven is a training specialist at the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, developing training and resources on a variety of topics related to sexual violence prevention and response. Key topic areas include working with male survivors of sexual assault, housing for sexual assault survivors, and preventing sexual harassment at work. Prior to this role, Louie spent a decade in leadership in the LGBTQ movement, where he established a community center and developed programs to meet the needs of LGBTQ people in central Pennsylvania.
Rachel Gadd-Nelson (she/her) is the Project Coordinator for Baker University’s gender-based violence prevention and response program funded by the OVW Campus Grant. For seven years, Rachel served as the director of The Sexual Trauma and Abuse Care Center’s education and prevention program. She also has been involved in LGBTQ+ youth leadership development, disability advocacy, and sexuality education. Rachel received a Bachelor’s of Social Welfare from the University of Kansas.
Nubia Peña Consulting
Nubia Peña is the Director for the Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs and was recently appointed Senior Advisor on Equity and Opportunity to Governor Cox. Ms. Peña has extensive experience as a community organizer, advocate, and ally for systematically marginalized populations and has facilitated dialogues on topics of inclusion and racial justice. Ms. Peña also designs and implements sessions on culturally relevant and gender-specific programming for youth and adolescents.
Nubia is certified by the National Juvenile Defender Center as a Juvenile Training Immersion Program facilitator and previously worked at Utah Juvenile Defender Attorneys, LLC. Additionally, she is a national consultant on the intersections of trauma and the School-to-Prison Pipeline.
Nubia has a decade of experience as a Law Enforcement Victim Advocate and currently is the Training and Prevention Education Specialist at the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault (UCASA). She is also the founder and director of Royalty Rising Youth Ministry, an outreach initiative for systematically marginalized young adults.
Nubia graduated from the S.J. Quinney College of Law in 2016, where she currently serves as adjunct faculty. In 2016, she was one of 25 law students in the nation recognized by the National Jurist for her social justice activism. Ms. Peña was the recipient of the National Juvenile Justice Network 2019 Emerging Leader Award, one of Utah Business Magazine’s 2020 40 Under 40 award recipients, recognized among the 2020 Heroes for Utah Philanthropy Day, and one of Sundance Film Festival 2021 Women’s Leadership Celebration honorees.
Ester Serra Luque
Transition House Inc.
Ester Serra Luque, Director of the Community Support Partnership. Ester has worked at Transition House since 2009 and was selected to help develop and lead our new Community Support Partnership in 2013. Following a career as a journalist in Barcelona, Ester came to Boston to attend graduate school at the Tufts University School of Law and Diplomacy. Prior to her work at Transition House, she worked at Trust House, a transitional living program for veteran women survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse, and researched gender and political violence in post-war Kosovo, El Salvador, and the U.S.
The multi-colored shapes represent the noise of society, and butterflies traditionally represent transformation. For this conference, we will be ripping through the noise of society to create lasting transformation. The butterfly in our artwork is a green origami butterfly. Green is the color of renewal, and traditional origami consists of folding a single sheet of square paper into a sculpture without cutting, gluing, taping, or even marking it. Collectively, we must work within our society to create lasting transformation for equity, inclusion, diversity, and access.
The Kansas Bar Foundation provides support to this program.