Equity, Inclusion, Diversity, and Access: Connecting the Dots and Creating Movement – 2020 Virtual Summit for the Prevention of Sexual & Domestic Violence – December 2020

Equity, Inclusion, Diversity, & Access: Connecting the Dots & Creating Movement
2020 Virtual Summit for the Prevention of Sexual & Domestic Violence

Audience: This summit is a networking and learning opportunity for all those working to end sexual and domestic violence. This summit is multi-disciplinary and is appropriate for both prevention and intervention-based professionals.

December 9 & 10, 2020

Guest Speakers

Featuring Nationally Recognized Experts Addressing:

  • Why equity, inclusion, diversity, and access are central to our work.
  • Operationalizing equity in your organization.
  • What does it mean to do racial equity work.
  • The intersection of trauma-informed responses and equity, inclusion, diversity, and access.
  • Individual and organizational self-care and resilience.

Lydia X. Z. Brown

Photo: Black and white image of Lydia X. Z. Brown, a young East Asian person with glasses, smiling and laughing, looking slightly away from the camera. Photo by Colin Pieters.
Photo by Colin Pieters.

Lydia X. Z. Brown is a disability justice advocate, organizer, educator, attorney, strategist, and writer whose work has largely focused on interpersonal and state violence against multiply-marginalized disabled people living at the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, nation, and language. They are Policy Counsel for the Privacy and Data Project at the Center for Democracy and Technology; Adjunct Lecturer in Disability Studies for Georgetown University; and Director of Policy, Advocacy, & External Affairs at the Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network. They are also founder and volunteer director of the Fund for Community Reparations for Autistic People of Color’s Interdependence, Survival, and Empowerment. Currently, they serve as a founding board member of the Alliance for Citizen Directed Supports, presidential appointee to the American Bar Association’s Commission on Disability Rights, and chair of the American Bar Association’s Section on Civil Rights & Social Justice, Disability Rights Committee. Lydia is also co-editor with E. Ashkenazy and Morénike Giwa Onaiwu of All the Weight of Our Dreams: On Living Racialized Autism.



Stephenie K. Smith, MSW & Dr. Rodney D. Smith
Sophic Solutions, LLC

Stephenie K. Smith, MSW is co-founder and managing partner of Sophic Solutions, LLC, a change management and consulting firm based in Kansas City, Missouri.  Stephenie is Sophic’s lead authority on operationalizing equity, executive project management, organizational structure and design and operations improvement. She has led a number of efforts to align not-for-profit policy with community investments, with a special emphasis on large-scale transformation.  Stephenie serves as a key community leader throughout the entire Kansas City region. She is engaged in the revitalization of community by fostering strategic partnerships and leading new program innovations. With a team approach, her efforts recently resulted in the successful completion of a $12 million capital campaign. Above all, her work has been shaped by a holistic approach to wellness and the belief that equity matters.  With over 20 years of experience, Stephenie has leveraged her social work background to explicitly focus on the effects of poverty and oppression. In so doing, community revitalization, change management and diversity, equity & inclusion have taken center stage.  Stephenie is a graduate of Fisk University and the University of Tennessee College of Social Work


Dr. Rodney D. Smith is co-founder and managing partner of Sophic Solutions, LLC, a change management and consulting firm based in Kansas City, Missouri.  Rodney is Sophic’s lead authority on issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion. His expertise specifically pertains to African American student achievement, urban education and culturally responsive pedagogy. He is also a Group and Collaborative Learning expert.  Rodney holds a Graduate Adjunct Professorship with the School of Education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he specializes in courses that address racial and ethnic diversity, and cultural understanding.  Over the course of a 25-year career, his scholarly interests have taken aim at the implications of race and racism in American society.  Rodney holds a Doctor of Education Degree from Tennessee State University a Master of Education Degree also from Tennessee State University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Morris Brown College.




Santa Molina-Marshall

Santa Molina-Marshall is a Clinical Holistic Psychotherapist who has been in the field of trauma and sexual violence since 1990. In April 2014, she was awarded the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, 2014 Visionary Voice Award, for her outstanding work in the field of anti-sexual violence within her community.  She is a national and international speaker on Women, Trauma, Mindfulness, Grief and Loss, Compassion Fatigue, Neurobiology of Trauma, and other topics. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. Ms. Molina-Marshall received her BS and her MSW from Hunter College School of Social Work in NYC. She has obtained licensing/certification as a Massage Therapist, Integral Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master and was ordained as an Interfaith Minister at the New Seminary in New York City, in 2004. Ms. Molina-Marshall specializes on issues of loss and grief, bereavement, and adult and childhood sexual abuse.


Tai Simpson

“The Storyteller” is Tai Simpson’s name in the Indigenous language of the Nimiipuu nation (Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho). Tai’s academic background is in sociology and political philosophy. In the community, she serves as an organizer for the Indigenous Idaho Alliance and works as a Social Change Advocate with the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence. As an antiracism activist and community leader, she uses contemporary and traditional Indigenous storytelling to depict the lens of “old ways” and how they are used to protect the sacred, build strength in the community, and keep nature in balance.





Schedule At-A-Glance

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Session 1:  9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Session 2:  11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Session 1:  9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Session 2:  11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Session 3:  1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Session 4:  3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Full Agenda


Registration Fee:

Registration Deadline:
December 5, 2020

Register soon, space is limited!

How to Register:

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The registration fee must be received by December 5, 2020 in order for your registration to be approved and complete.  No-shows and cancellations made less than 72 hours before the event will be assessed the registration fee.

The Zoom join link for this event will be emailed to all approved and complete registrants after December 5, 2020.  Please make sure you have the most current version of Zoom by downloading it here: https://zoom.us/download.


We are committed to creating environments where we see our own and each other’s full humanity and everyone has the ability to thrive and fulfill their full potential in learning environments. Every effort will be made to ensure equitable access at this event.

For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please select your needs on the online registration form or contact trainingteam@kcsdv.org. Requests should be made at least 14 business days prior to the event.

ASL Interpretation and Closed Captioning will be provided at all sessions of the summit.  Click here for a helpful guide that shows steps for setting up your screen in Zoom to best view the slides, presenter and ASL interpreter, or to turn on closed captioning.


Teresa Gallegos
KCSDV Training & Education Manager
trainingteam@kcsdv.org or 785-232-9784

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Funding for this project was provided in part by the Sunflower Foundation: Health Care for Kansans, a Topeka-based philanthropic organization with the mission to serve as a catalyst for improving the health of Kansans.



  •  December 9, 2020 - December 10, 2020
     9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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