The Women's Center presents a national conference, "Gender-Based Violence: A Community In Dialogue"

The conference is also hosted by President Michael J. Graham, S.J. | November 1, 2011

Xavier presents “Gender-Based Violence: A Community In Dialogue,” a conference of experts from across the United States who will explore the intersections of gender-based violence and culture. The conference is being convened by President Michael J. Graham, S.J., and the Xavier Women's Center. 

“Gender-based violence has an impact on our society as a whole as it is both a human rights and a public health concern,” said Graham. “This conference aims to expand knowledge about the magnitude of gender-based violence and its impact on the individual and society. Hopefully this gathering will also be the beginning of intense dialogue on how to reduce gender-based violence and understand and begin to heal its psychological and social consequences.”

The conference is on Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. at the Schiff Conference Center in the Cintas Center. It features an opening keynote session and various workshop sessions. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. The event is free and open to the public. Register online at the conference website. A buffet-style lunch is provided to all pre-registered participants.

Keynote speaker Dorothy J. Edwards is executive director of Green Dot, a center dedicated to effective intervention and prevention of power-based personal violence. She is among several prominent researchers and practitioners who will present and facilitate discussions on topics such as the sexual victimization of college women, the role of men in cultures of violence, contemporary cultures of intimacy, perceptions of sexual assault and blame, violence patterns across the globe, violence and LGBTQ populations, and transforming college cultures of violence and gender inequity.

Edwards holds a PhD in counseling psychology from Texas Woman’s University. Prior to serving as executive director of Green Dot, she was founding director of the University of Kentucky Violence Intervention and Prevention Center. She has worked in both counseling and teaching capacities in higher education at Appalachian State University and Texas Women’s University. 

With a specialty in primary prevention, she provides training and consultation in the areas of power-based personal violence, organizational capacity building, program implementation, strategic planning and community mobilization. Edwards currently works with government entities, state coalitions, military, non-profits, community organizations, high schools and colleges around the globe.

Six (CEU) contact hours are available to Ohio counselors, social workers and psychologists. Xavier is a continuing education provider for the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapy Board. and is approved by the Ohio Psychological Association MCE program to offer continuing education for psychologists.