Michigan Meeting will explore strategies to end gender-based violence

April 24, 2018
Contact: umichnews@umich.edu


DATE: May 3-5, 2018

PLACE: Rackham Graduate Building, 915 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor

EVENT: 2018 Michigan Meeting: Ending Gendered Violence

For three days, national experts will gather at the University of Michigan to discuss strategies and policies and develop ideas for ending gender-based violence among adolescents and young adults.

The meeting brings together scholars, practitioners and activists from across many disciplines to explore the broad range of inequalities that are experienced in school, work and personal life.

The event includes 27 presentations tackling a range of issues, including the relationship of brain development and risk; trauma-informed prevention and treatment approaches; the role of technology in exacerbating and or mitigating gender-based violence; human trafficking; and campus sexual assault policies, bystander intervention and reporting.

“By involving scholars and practitioners from more than a dozen disciplines, we hope to stimulate new conversations and collaborations. We seek to bridge research and practice, the university and the community, incorporating the voices of students and activists,” said Elizabeth Armstrong, U-M professor of sociology and organizational studies and head of the committee organizing the event, who also is presenting on the study of campus sexual misconduct policies.

The event’s three days are broken down into the following categories: Day One: Laying the Foundation and Framing the Discussion: Development, Trauma, Technology; Day Two: Intersections of Law, Policy and Practice; and Day Three: Innovations, Campus, Community and Beyond.

Sofie Karasek, co-founder of the national nonprofit End Rape on Campus, will share a keynote address on the need for social movements, such as #MeToo, to advocate for survivors’ justice.

The following day, Beth Richie, head of the Department of Criminology, Law and Justice and professor of African American studies at the University of Illinois-Chicago, will also deliver a keynote speech on the ways that gender violence, systemic racism and criminalization interact to create particular vulnerabilities for black women and other marginalized groups.

SPONSORS: The event is sponsored by U-M’s Rackham Graduate School and made possible through collaboration with many units on campus, including the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center, Office for Institutional Equity, and Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

INFORMATION: Cost: General $75; Student $25. RSVP: http://myumi.ch/JYvwA

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The Michigan Meetings are a series of annual interdisciplinary meetings on topics of broad interest and contemporary importance to both the public and the academic community.

The planning group also has partnered with U-M’s Injury Prevention Center, which will host a one-day summit May 2 on campus sexual assault prevention.