Xavier to host a "Gender-Based Violence" conference

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Xavier University will be presenting "Gender-Based Violence: A Community In Dialogue" a conference of experts from across the United States convened by Xavier University president Michael Graham, S.J. and the Xavier Women's Center. It will be held Tuesday, November 8 from 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. at the Schiff Conference Center on the Xavier campus. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. and the event is free and open to the public.

"Gender-based violence has an impact on our society as a whole as it is both a human rights and a public health concern," said Graham. "This conference aims to expand knowledge about the magnitude of gender-based violence and its impact on the individual and society. Hopefully this gathering will also be the beginning of intense dialogue on how to reduce gender-based violence and understand and begin to heal its psychological and social consequences."

The conference features an opening keynote session and various workshop sessions. (See below) A buffet-style lunch is provided to all pre-registered participants and a vegetarian option is available.

The keynote speaker is Dorothy J. Edwards, executive director of Green Dot, a center dedicated to effective intervention and prevention of power-based personal violence. Edwards holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman's University. Prior to serving as executive director of Green Dot, she was founding director of the University of Kentucky Violence Intervention and Prevention Center. She has worked in both counseling and teaching capacities in higher education at Appalachian State University and Texas Women's University. She founded the Community Education Program at Denton County Friends of the Family, which addressed sexual assault and relationship violence. With a specialty in primary prevention, she provides training and consultation in the areas of power-based personal violence, organizational capacity building, program implementation, strategic planning and community mobilization. Edwards currently works with government entities, state coalitions, military, non-profits, community organizations, high schools and colleges around the globe.

Schedule of Events

  • 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast
  • 8:30 a.m. Opening Remarks and Welcome
  • 9:00 a.m. Keynote Address: Ending Violence One Green Dot at a Time…
  • 10:00a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Workshop One : A. Rape Investigation and Survivors
  • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Workshop Two: A. Understanding the Role of an Advocate, Understanding the Role of an Advocate
  • 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Luncheon Panel Discussion
  • 2:15 p.m – 3:15 p.m. Workshop Three: A. What's Religion Got to Do with It?:Religiosity and Perpetration of Violence against an Intimate Partner

To register, go to: www.xavier.edu/gbvconference.

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