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Tuesday, November 28th • 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

7:45 – 8:30 Registration and Light Breakfast
8:30 – 9:00 We Choose All of Us, Kelly Miller, Executive Director, Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence

Collective Breathing

9:00 – 10:30 Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds – adrienne maree brown, co-editor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements and Author of Emergent Strategy – Shaping Change, Changing Worlds

What does the natural world have to teach us about adaptation, decentralization, resilience, transformative justice, iteration, fractal selves, and creating more possibilities?

10:30 – 10:45 Break and Book Signing with adrienne maree brown
10:45 – 12:00 We Choose All of Us Workshops

Belonging to Beloved Community Track

Emergent Strategy Facilitation – adrienne maree brown, co-editor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements and author of Emergent Strategy – Shaping Change, Changing Worlds

Restoring Wholeness, Our Spirit, and Our Humanity Track

Falling Through the Cracks: How Girls Are Being Married in Idaho Today – Archi Pyati, JD, Chief of Policy and Programs, Tahirih Justice Center

Together We Are Stronger Track

Enhancing Meaningful Access to Services for Individuals with Limited English Proficiency – Rosie Hidalgo, JD, Senior Director of Public Policy, Casa De Esperanza

Practices of Cultural Competency and Access for LGBTQ Survivors of Violence – Andrew Sta. Ana, JD, Director of Legal Services, Day One

Relationship Building as a Practice: Creating the Conditions to Bring out the BEST in People – Toni Brinegar, Program Specialist, Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities, Mario Pile, Admissions Counselor, Idaho Youth ChalleNGe Academy, and Donna Shines, Executive Director, The Mentoring Network, Inc.

Building Bridges with Refugee Communities – Heidi Lehmann, MPH, Principal, The Lehmann Group, former Adjunct Professor at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and former Senior Director, Women’s Protection & Empowerment Technical Team, International Rescue Committee

12:00 – 1:30 Lunch Presentation – We Choose All of Us – Chelsea Gaona-Lincoln, Community Organizer and Facilitator and Behavioral Therapist, Access Behavioral Health Services; Jeff Matsushita, Program Specialist, Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence; Jennifer Martinez, Social Change Associate/Organizer, Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence; Kelly Miller, Executive Director, Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence; Leo Morales, Executive Director, ACLU of Idaho; and Toni Brinegar, Program Specialist, Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities
1:30 – 2:45 We Choose All of Us Workshops

Belonging to Beloved Community Track

Hearing their Voices: The Persistence of Violence Against Native American Women and Girls, Understanding the Past to Address the Present – Patina Park, JD, Executive Director of the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center

We Choose All of Us: Coming Together as Beloved Community – Chelsea Gaona-Lincoln, Community Organizer and Facilitator and Behavioral Therapist, Access Behavioral Health Services; Toni Brinegar, Program Specialist, Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities; and Jennifer Martinez, Social Change Associate/Organizer, Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence

Together We Are Stronger Track

Enhanced Safety Planning for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence – Archi Pyati, JD, Chief of Policy and Programs, Tahirih Justice Center; and Rosie Hidalgo, JD, Senior Director of Public Policy, Casa De Esperanza

Removing Roadblocks: Understanding the Challenges and Opportunities in the Muslim Community for Survivor Healing – Sameera Qureshi, Director of Sexuality Education & Training, HEART Women & Girls; and Nadiah Mohajir, Founder and Executive Director, HEART Women & Girls

Practices of Cultural Competency and Access for LGBTQ Survivors of Violence – Andrew Sta. Ana, JD, Director of Legal Services, Day One

Creating Inclusive Spaces for Individuals with Disabilities – Mel Leviton, Executive Director, Idaho State Independent Living Council

2:45 – 3:00 Break
3:00 – 4:45 We Choose All of Us: An Emergent Worldview – Rosie Hidalgo, JD, Senior Director of Public Policy, Casa De Esperanza; Archi Pyati, JD, Chief of Policy and Programs, Tahirih Justice Center; Andrew St. Ana, JD, Director of Legal Services, Day One; and Patina Park, JD, Executive Director of the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center

While the story of Idaho is one of intolerance and white supremacy, there is danger in that single story. Across our state, there are Latino peoples, Indigenous peoples, immigrant and refugee peoples, LGBTQI peoples, and many other peoples connected to historically marginalized communities. It is essential that we shift our worldview to see and value everyone in our state and re-imagine how we can center our services to center on historically marginalized communities impacted by violence.

4:30 – 5:00 Close

Wednesday, November 29th • 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

8:30 – 9:00 Opening Performance
9:00 – 10:30 Seeing the Racial Water – Robin DiAngelo, PhD, Lecturer, University of Washington School of Social Work

What does it mean to be white in a society that proclaims race meaningless yet is deeply divided by race? Dr. DiAngelo will describe the way race shapes the lives of White people, explain what makes racism so hard for White people to see, and identify common White racial patterns that prevent us from moving towards greater racial equity. Weaving information, analysis, stories, images, and familiar examples, she provides the framework needed to develop white racial literacy. Although the focus is on white racial identity development, people of color may also find the analysis valuable as it is one that is rarely affirmed or provided in mainstream society.

10:30 – 10:45 Break and Book Signing with Robin DiAngelo, PhD
10:45 – 12:00 We Choose All of Us Workshops

Belonging to Beloved Community Track

The Story of Me – Sonya Rosario, Executive Director and founder of the Women of Color Alliance (WOCA); and Nancy Egan, Shoshone Paiute Tribal member and former Chairwoman of Duck Valley Indian Reservation

Restoring Wholeness, Our Spirit, and Humanity Track

Secret Survivors & Mirror Memoirs: Using Stories to End Child Sexual Abuse – Amita Swadhin, Founder and Director, Mirror Memoirs

Removing Roadblocks: Understanding the Challenges & Opportunities in the Muslim Community for Institutional Change – Sameera Qureshi, Director of Sexuality Education and Training, HEART Women & Girls; and Nadiah Mohajir, Founder and Executive Director, HEART Women & Girls

White Fragility – Robin DiAngelo, PhD, Lecturer, University of Washington School of Social Work

Together We Are Stronger Track

Working with Survivors Who Have Disabilities – Vanessa Sapien, Senior Program Officer/Clinician, Just Detention International

Ayudando Sobrevivientes: Una Conversación Sobre Estrategias y Recursos para Ayudar la Comunidad Latina en Idaho (Helping Survivors: A Conversation on Strategies and Resources for Serving the Latinx Community in Idaho) – Estefania Mondragon, Bilingual Social Change Associate, Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence, and panel.

12:00 – 1:30 Lunch and Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence Annual Meeting
1:30 – 2:45 We Choose All of Us Workshops

Belonging to Beloved Community Track

Intersectional Invisibility: Losing Sight of Purpose in the Need to Identify and Report – Patina Park, JD, Executive Director of the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center

Restoring Wholeness, Our Spirit, and Humanity Track

Working with Survivors Who Have Disabilities – Vanessa Sapien, Senior Program Officer/Clinician, Just Detention International

Healing Through the Arts: Tapping into Creative Energy to Release, Regenerate and Reconnect – Leta Neustaedter, LCSW, Founder, Metamorphosis Performing Arts Studio, LLC

Preventing Burnout – Kim Camacho, LMSW, Violence Prevention and Support Coordinator, Gender Equity Center at Boise State University

Together We Are Stronger Track

The Refugee Journey and Men – Heidi Lehmann, MPH, Principal, The Lehmann Group, former Adjunct Professor at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and former Senior Director, Women’s Protection & Empowerment Technical Team, International Rescue Committee

Migrant Farmworkers Crossing Borders Project – Gabriela Alor, Crossing Borders – Immigrant & Refugee Project, Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Earth is Sacred, Water is Life Track

Native Advocacy and Activist Storytelling – Judith LeBlanc, Director, Native Organizer’s Alliance

2:45 – 3:00 Break
3:00 – 5:00 Restoring Wholeness, Our Spirit and Humanity

Survivor Leadership for Collective Liberation – Amita Swadhin, Founder & Director, Mirror Memoirs

This plenary will address survivor leadership combined with an intersectional praxis as a strategy to advance anti-violence work and movements for social justice. Participants will better understand child sexual abuse as a root cause and a tool of oppression and violence and will also understand how to apply intersectionality as an approach to this work, and how and why to uplift the voices and leadership of survivors living at the intersections of oppression.

Earth is Sacred, Water is Life – Judith LeBlanc, Director, Native Organizer’s Alliance

Across Idaho, we have five tribes and many Indigenous community members in urban areas. Learn about the ongoing struggle for indigenous sovereignty as exemplified by the global support for Standing Rock, and how the history of Indigenous peoples is essential to our anti-violence work.