SSWO Symposium 'Creating a Culture of Change'
Minot State University's Student Social Work Organization will sponsor "Creating a Culture of Change" April 5 in the Conference Center (Student Center, third floor), 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sara Peters, the presenter for this spring symposium, is the director of the Women's Center at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.
"Many people do not realize how serious the problem of domestic violence and sexual assault is. The Domestic Violence Crisis Center had helped 2,263 over the past year. Since this is a seriously under-reported issue, many of the people around us have been directly affected whether we know it or not," said Mary Morazan Knight, event co-organizer. "This symposium is intended for everyone, not just the professionals, to take part in this cultural change and be there for those who are in need of support."
As a prelude to the symposium, Peters and Raegan Gagne, DVCC victim advocate, will present "Culture of Victim Blaming: How to Intervene" April 4 in the Conference Center at 6 p.m. Their discussion on victim empowerment is free and open to the public.
"Over the years, we have had many requests to have our speakers available to the public due to the wealth of knowledge and expertise they can share with so many community citizens," said Dionne Spooner, SSWO faculty advisor. "We are very excited to open this Thursday evening event to the community at no cost."
Peters was hired in 2005 as the education and advocacy coordinator for UTC's Transformation Project, a grant-funded project to reduce violence against women. In 2008, she became the founding director of the UTC Women's Center, which grew out of the Transformation Project. Peters continues as the primary victim advocate for the UTC campus and is an adjunct faculty in the Women's Studies Program and Criminal Justice Department. She earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees in history from Auburn University, Ala. She specializes in 19th century women's history and violence against women.
Symposium attendees will look at cultures that contribute to violence as well as creating cultures of change. Peters will address myths that surround violence against women including domestic violence, rape and victim blaming. She will address ways that individuals and communities can create awareness, prevention and protection while overcoming barriers.
The conference is recommended for social workers, educators, case managers, medical staff, parents, law enforcement officers, counselors, psychologists, child care providers and nurses. The conference cost is $60 and free to MSU students, faculty and staff.
For more information about the symposium, go to www.minotstateu.edu/socialwork/pdf/SpringSymposium2013.pdf.
For questions, contact Spooner at email@example.com or 858-3142.