Ready to explore innovative anti-oppression strategies for lasting transformation?

Ready to explore innovative anti-oppression strategies for lasting transformation?

A line-up of noteworthy Kansas and National experts in the realm of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access are scheduled to be part of a 3-day virtual conference exploring innovative anti-oppression strategies for lasting transformation next month.

The Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV) partnered with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas and the Kansas Bar Foundation to sponsor the 4th Biennial Prevention Conference, aptly titled: Equity, Inclusion, Diversity & Access: Exploring Innovative Anti-Oppression Strategies for Lasting Transformation.

This year’s conference will be online enabling attendees from Kansas and around the U.S. to hear from speakers on topics ranging from deconstructing racism and its deeply rooted connections to sexual and domestic violence to interrupting bias and engaging in racial justice as well as anti-oppressive practices.

“We have an all-star line-up of bold and knowledgeable speakers to help raise participants’ awareness of these important issues in our communities, our workplace and in our world,” said Joyce Grover, executive director of KCSDV. “Oppression of anyone becomes oppression of everyone and can easily lead to violence. We want to help change that trajectory.”

The virtual conference will be on three consecutive Thursdays, Sept. 16, 23 and 30. Many companies still are restricting their employees’ travel because of the rise in COVID-19 cases so the virtual format enables the conference to be shared with an even larger multidisciplinary audience. The registration deadline is Sept. 9.

The event will kick-off with Mikah Thompson, an associate professor at the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law and an affiliate faculty member of the UMKC School of Medicine.  She’ll tell participants about techniques for infusing cultural self-awareness as well as gender and race bias. Click here for a complete list of speakers, their biographies, and other details about the conference.  The organizers have applied for continuing legal education credits.

“This conference is critical to advancing our work,” said Grover. “Support for victims and survivors is still key to our efforts, but we must also push primary prevention forward if we are to change the attitudes and beliefs that allow violence against women and girls to continue.”

You can find additional information here: 4th Biennial Kansas Conference for the Prevention of Sexual & Domestic Violence – Virtual

A stream of multicolored geomestric shapes with a green Origami butterfly emerging from the stream

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.

 

 

Last Updated on Aug 9, 2021