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#MeToo and Sexual Violence: Event

Libguide covering the Trinity Symposium on the topic of #MeToo and Sexual Violence: Wednesday, April 3, 2019


9:15 am Welcome and Setting the Framework

  • President Patricia McGuire

9:30 am Sexual Violence Across Institutions:  Manifestation of sexual violence in the military, the workplace, sports, and religion.

  • Sr. Mary Johnson, SND, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies
  • Mr. Thomas Mostowy, Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice and SPS Associate Dean
  • Dr. Lynda Jackson, Assistant Professor, Business Administration
  • Ms. Tracey Prince-Ross, Executive Director, Human Resources

10:30 am    Sexual Violence in Education Spaces

  • Dr. Cynthia Greer, Associate Professor of Education
  • Dr. Deborah Taub, Assistant Professor of Education
  • Dr. Luane Oprea, Assistant Professor of Counseling
  • Dr. Diane Reese, Assistant Professor of Counseling
  • Dr. Gladys Williams, Director of the Educational Administration Program
  • R. Kyle Bivens, Clinical Social Worker, Child and Adolescent Protection Center – Children’s National Health System

11:30 am    Survivorship: Strategies for Empowerment:  Helping victims of sexual violence to move beyond hurt to thriving

  • Dr. Carrie O’Reilly, Assistant Professor of Nursing
  • Leise Gergely, Senior Case Manager, Network for Victim Recovery of DC
  • Nursing students

 [Boxed Lunches Available for Pickup Between Sessions]

12:30 pm   Preventing Sexual Violence: Strategies for prevention, including the need to address the phenomenon of disengaged bystanders and those who are complicit in sexual violence

  • Dr. Jamey Piland, Associate Professor of Communication and Women’s Studies

1:15 pm    Health Professions Responses to Sexual Violence

  • Dr. Mary Bantell, Associate Professor of Nursing and MSN Program Director

Parallel In-Class Session: From Victorians to Millennials: Gender, Sexuality and Violence in Literature

  • Ameenah Johnson ‘19 and Shanice Cephas ‘20 will present to students in Dr. Elizabeth Child’s ENGL 150 Class (1:30 pm-2:45 pm, AC 405). Visitors are welcome to attend.

2:00 pm The R. Kelly Case and Sexual Violence Among Entertainment Figures

  • Dr. Christopher Bishop, Associate Professor of Psychology/Forensic Psychologist
  • Dr. Gizelle Carr, Assistant Professor of Psychology/Forensic Psychologist, Howard University
  • Dr. Katara Watkins-Laws, Staff Psychologist/Research is sex trafficking, DC Superior Court
  • Dr. Charla McKinzie-Bishop, Associate Professor of Child & Adolescents/ Applied Developmental/ Research is Adolescent Development, Bowie State University

3:00 pm Gender, Race, Sexuality and Culture:  Intersections and Influences

4:30 pm Trinity Policies and Resources for Sexual Assault Prevention and Assistance
Wrap up:  What’s next to improve community awareness and support?

Spring 2019 Event


Sexual violence is a major systemic problem throughout our society, infecting major institutions and leaving individual lives devastated. As THE leading institution for women in the nation’s capital, with a deep commitment to social justice, Trinity Washington University plays a key role as a leader in convening scholars, students, advocates, survivors and service providers to learn together about all dimensions of this grievous problem and to be a voice for solutions within all of the communities and organizations touched by members of our campus community.

Trinity will host a full day to focus on this important topic from a number of perspectives. The Symposium will feature engaging panels with students and faculty giving presentations and leading discussions; outside speakers; poster presentations from class assignments; a resource fair in the Payden Academic Center lobby with healthcare professionals and representatives of various advocacy and counseling groups. In addition, films on related topics will be shown during the week.

One day is not the end; Trinity envisions ongoing programming on this topic with the April symposium as a launch for a more vigorous ongoing discussion.

As with prior symposia at Trinity (Trinity hosted two last year – Dreamers in fall 2017 and Gun Violence in spring 2018), Trinity encourages all faculty and students to participate in several ways. Certainly by attending the sessions, but more importantly for the learning values, many faculty will use the themes the group has identified, and other related topics, as material in courses, and have students work on papers or other presentations that could be part of the public programming.

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