AGENDA

"Conference participants will have an opportunity to develop their own definitions of healing"

Tentative Agenda

Conference runs from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. both days.

Monday, August 3rd

8:30 – 9:15

Welcome
Opening Remarks
  • Oliver J. Williams, Ph.D., Executive Director, Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community and Professor, School of Social Work, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
  • The Honorable Laura Richardson
    U.S. House of Representatives
    Representing California’s 37th District
  • Catherine Pierce, Acting Director, U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, Washington, DC

9:15 – 9:45

Keynote Address: Being Responsive to the Voices of Victims of Domestic Violence
Introduction:

  • Oliver Williams, Ph.D., Executive Director, Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community and Professor, School of Social Work, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

Speaker:

  • Gail Garfield, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York, New York, NY

9:45 – 11:30

Panel: Survivors and Healing
Introduction:

  • Oliver Williams, Ph.D., Executive Director, Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community and Professor, School of Social Work, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

Panelists:

  • Atum Azzahir, President and Executive Director, Cultural Wellness Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • Lavon Morris-Grant, Author, Whom Shall I Fear: A Spiritual Journey of a Battered Woman, Atlanta, GA
  • Brenda L. Thomas, Author, Laying Down My Burdens, Philadelphia, PA
  • Jaycee Memminger, President, Angelic Impact, Detroit, MI

Moderators:

  • Shelia Hankins,State of Michigan Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Board, Lansing, MI
  • Oliver J. Williams, Ph.D., Executive Director, Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community and Professor, School of Social Work, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

11:30 – 11:45

Artistic Expression: Video Performance of “On the Path to Healing”

  • Gary Hines, Founder and Director, Sounds of Blackness, Minneapolis, MN
  • Endalyn Taylor, Director and Choreographer, Dance Theatre of Harlem School, New York, NY

11:45 – 12:15

Break

12:15 – 2:00

Luncheon

  • Battered Women’s Perspectives on Healing: Report on Focus Group Responses
    Presenter:
    Oliver J. Williams, Ph.D., Executive Director, Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community and Professor, School of Social Work, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
  • Battered Women: Fighting for the Hearts and Minds of Our Children
    Introduction:

    Beth Richie, Ph.D., Head and Professor, Department of African-American Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
    Presenter:
    Mildred Muhammad, Executive Director, After the Trauma, Washington, DC
  • Awards Ceremony
    Presenters:
    Oliver J. Williams, Ph.D.
    , Executive Director, Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community and Professor, School of Social Work, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
    V. Lorraine Haley, Assistant to the Executive Director, Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community
    Karma Cottman, Program Director, National Network to End Domestic Violence, Washington, DC
  • Presentation on the Family Justice Center Alliance
    Presenter:
    Casey Gwinn, J.D., President and Chief Financial Officer, Family Justice Center Alliance, San Diego, CA

2:00 – 2:15

Break

2:15 – 4:00

Panel: Adults Who Witnessed Domestic Violence During Childhood
Introduction:

  • Anne Menard, Director, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, Harrisburg, PA

Panelists:

  • Reverend Jessica Jackson, Co-pastor, New Living Way Christian Center and President, Cirlutions, Minneapolis, MN
  • L.Y. Marlowe, Author, Color Me Butterfly, Ellicott City, MD
  • Johnny Rice, II, M.S., Director, Office of Grants Management, Maryland Department of Human Resources (Baltimore, MD)
  • Anthony Taylor, Founder and Chief Storyteller, Spa O.N.E. and Simply Organic Living, Minneapolis, MN

Moderator:

  • Oliver Williams, Ph.D., Executive Director, Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community and Professor, School of Social Work, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

4:00 – 4:15

Artistic Expression: Journey to Healing
Sounds of Blackness and the Endalyn Taylor Dancers

4:15 – 4:30

Developing Individual Definitions for Healing

4:30 – 5:00

Closing Reflections
Introduction:

  • Antonia Vann, President & CEO, Asha Family Services, Inc. Milwaukee, WI

Speakers:

  • Joseph White, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of California, Irvine
  • Ruth Slaughter, Vice President, PROTOTYPES, Community Based Programs Division, Culver City, CA

Tuesday, August 4th

8:30 – 9:00

Opening Remarks/Call to Order

  • Oliver Williams, Ph.D., Executive Director, Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community and Professor, School of Social Work, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

Reflections on Day 1

  • Frances E. Ashe-Goins, R.N., M.P.H., Deputy Director, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health, Washington, DC

Charge for the Day/Agenda Overview

  • Oliver Williams, Ph.D., Executive Director, Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community and Professor, School of Social Work, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

9:00 – 10:30

Panel Discussion: Trauma and Elements of Recovery for Battered Women
Introduction:

  • Beth Richie, Ph.D., Head and Professor, Department of African-American Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

Panelists:

  • Terri Pease, Ph.D.,Trauma Specialist, Domestic Violence and Mental Health Policy Initiative, Chicago, IL
  • Carolyn M. West, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program, University of Washington, Tacoma, Tacoma, WA

Moderator:

  • Esther Jenkins, Ph.D.,Professor of Psychology, Chicago State University, Chicago, IL

10:30 – 10:45

Break

10:45 – 12:30

Panel Discussion: Trauma and Elements of Recovery for Children Who Witness Domestic Violence
Introduction:

  • Rita Smith, Executive Director, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Denver, CO

Panelists:

  • Robert Geffner, Ph.D., Founder/President, Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma; Founder/President, Family Violence & Sexual Assault Institute; Clinical Research Professor, Alliant International University, San Diego, CA
  • Sandra Graham-Bermann, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Robert Hampton, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Social Work and Sociology, Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN
  • Joyce Thomas, M.P.H., R.N., F.A.A.N., Co-founder & President, Center for Child Protection and Family Support, Washington, DC

Moderator:

  • Linner Ward Griffin, Ed.D., A.C.S.W., L.C.S.W., Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Programs, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

12:30 – 1:00

Artistic Expression: Poetry Reading and Reflections
Introduction:

  • Oliver J. Williams, Ph.D., Executive Director, Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community and Professor, School of Social Work, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

Speaker:

  • asha bandele, Author and Poet, Former Features Editor for Essence Magazine, New York, NY

1:00 – 2:30

Lunch (on your own)

2:30 – 4:00

Workshops

  • Trauma and Recovery in Children
    Joyce Thomas, M.P.H., R.N., F.A.A.N., Co-founder & President, Center for Child Protection and Family Support, Washington, DC
    Sandra Graham-Bermann, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Women/Survivors Trauma and Recovery
    Terri Pease, Ph.D., Trauma Specialist, Domestic Violence and Mental Health Policy Initiative, Chicago, IL
    Carolyn West, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program, University of Washington, Tacoma, Tacoma, WA
  • Building Healing Mechanisms/Strategies into Battered Women’s Programs
    Atum Azzahir, President and Executive Director, Cultural Wellness Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • Faith Communities Promoting Healing
    Rev. Aleese Moore-Orbih, Training Director, Faith Trust Institute, Durham, NC
    Rev. Arnetha Inge, M.Div., Project Coordinator, Interval House African American Faith Project, Creating A Safe Environment (CASE), Long Beach, CA, and Associate Pastor at Bethel AME Church, Los Angeles, CA
    Rev. Mary Walton, M.S.W., M.Div., Founder, African American Interfaith Program, Creating A Safe Environment
  • Law Enforcement: Keeping Communities Safe
    Gael Strack, J.D., Chief Executive Officer, Family Justice Center Alliance, San Diego, CA
  • Sexual Assault
    Tiombe Preston, M.S., M.F.T., Program Manager, California Black Women’s Health Project, Inglewood, CA
    Condencia Brade, Executive Director, National Organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault, Canton, CT
    Andrea Garwood, L.M.H.C., Owner, Living Well, Orlando, FL
  • Fatherhood and Domestic Violence
    Johnny Rice, II, M.S., Director, Office of Grants Management, Maryland Department of Human Resources, Baltimore, MD

4:00 – 4:10

Break

4:10 – 4:20

Closing Reflections
Speaker:

  • Rev. Mary Walton, M.S.W., M.Div., Founder, African American Interfaith Program, Creating A Safe Environment, Interval House Crisis Shelters, Long Beach, CA

4:20 – 5:15

Closing Celebration

  • Pinning Ceremony
  • Remarks
    Prestor Pickett, M.F.A.
    , Owner, Pickett-Line Productions, Cleveland, OH
  • Vignette Ms. May’s Flowers: A Journey to Healing
    Margaret Avery
    , Academy Award-nominated Actress, Los Angeles, CA
    Ebani Edwards, Performing Artist, Cleveland, OH
  • Musical Selection: Healing
    Andrea Tribitt
    , Performing Artist, Sounds of Blackness, Minneapolis, MN
  • Remarks
    Oliver J. Williams, Ph.D.
    , Executive Director, Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community and Professor, School of Social Work, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN