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#MeToo Awareness: Gender, Healthy & Justice Conference Day 2

April 20 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Saturday, April 20
9:00AM – 4:00PM, UMD Kirby Rafters
WRAC will have sexual assault advocates on-site

8:30-9:00 Check in
Coffee and Bagels provided

9:00-9:10 Welcome from Dr. Devaleena Das (UMD WGSS Faculty and conference organizer) and Dr. Jason Ford (Associate Dean of CLA)

9:10- 9:30 “Triggers and Somatic Experiencing”
Dr. Mitra Emad (UMD) and Dr. Beth Bartlett (UMD)

9:30-10:20 “Criminal Justice and Legal Responses to Sexual Assault”
(moderated by Dr. Jacki Buffington, UMD)
Panelists: Mary Faulker, Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Site Coordinator, Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault; Judge Shaun R. Floerke, Sixth Judicial District; Elizabeth Polling, Assistant Public Defender, Sixth Judicial District; Jonathan Holets, Assistant County Attorney, St. Louis County.

10:30-11:20 “Healthcare and Sexual Violence”
(moderated by Dr. Jen Pearson, University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus, and Dr. Michele Statz, University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus)
Panelists: Alisha Blazevic, RN, Certified sexual assault nurse examiner, Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault (PAVSA); Rick Valento, MSEd, LPCC, Program Manager for Trauma and Child Outreach, First Witness; Dr. Cathy McCarty, PhD, Ethicist and Dean of Research at University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth campus and Interim Chair of Department of Family Medicine and Biobehavioral Health;
Dr. Margaret Saracino, MD, Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Human Development Center; Susana Pelayo-Woodward, Director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion at University of Minnesota Duluth

11:30 – 12:20 “#MeToo Media Forum”
(moderated by Dr. David Beard, UMD)
A Discussion with Dr. Christina R. Pinkston (Norfolk State University) and Dr. Elizabethada A. Wright (UMD)

12:30 – 1:20 Lunch (provided)
Sub-sandwiches and soup. Vegetarian options plentiful, vegan options available.

1:30-2:20 “Prevention of Sexual Assault and Advocacy on College Campuses”
(moderated by Susana Pelayo Woodward, UMD)
Panelists: Erin Naughton, Volunteer Coordinator, Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault; Carly Madden, Student Intern and PAVSA Advocate, UMD Women’s Resource & Action Center; Michelle Ruszat, Violence Intervention and Prevention Coordinator, College of St. Scholastica

2:30 – 3:20 “Dismantling Rape Culture”
(moderated by Dr. David Beard, UMD)
A Discussion with Dr. Scott Vollum (UMD) and Dr. Tammy Garland (University of Tennessee at Chattanooga)

3:30 – 4:00 “The next steps: A concluding exercise for conference attendees”
(facilitated by Dr. Emily Gaarder, UMD)


April 20
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Dr. Devaleena Das


UMD Rafters
1120 Kirby Drive
Duluth, MN 55812 United States
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