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ACT for JUSTICE: An Anti-Violence Teach-In

Friday, October 19, 2018
1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel

Contact Information
Constance Mixon

Please join the Elmhurst College community as we come together to learn how to confront violence and work toward justice. Together, we will address our collective responsibility to confront the root causes of violence, understand its effects, and promote social and economic justice in our communities. Guest speaker Ameena Matthews, of The Interrupters, will offer a keynote address, followed by hands-on workshops led by distinguished scholars and activists. Please join us for this provocative discussion, and learn how to be part of our community’s action plan for justice.


1:30 p.m.
Aaron Villasenor, vice president of Elmhurst College student veterans and Urban Warriors mentor

1:35–2:00 p.m.
Ameena Matthews, restorative justice facilitator

Concurrent Workshops

Social Causes of Violence
Bhoomi Thakore, assistant professor and director, sociology and Emily Navarro, assistant professor, sociology

In this workshop, we will discuss the history of violence in U.S. society and understand the influence that masculinity and power play in violent acts. We hope to elicit thoughtful discussion and reflection on potential solutions toward justice.

Policy Issues: Making Your Vote Count
Connie Mixon, director and chair, urban studies and Andrea Krieg, assistant professor, criminal justice

This workshop will address state and national policies aimed at reducing violence. We will pay special attention to the role of advocacy and citizen engagement.

Preventing and Ending Relationship Violence: A Collective Responsibility
Jennifer Duffield, assistant dean of students and Title IX deputy coordinator for students

This workshop will explore relationship violence from an intersectional lens, and engage participants in dialogue around preventing relationship violence and supporting survivors through a healing-centered approach.

Advocacy, Outreach and Service: Providing Alternatives to Violence
Jesse Huerta, Julio Cortes, Aaron Villasenor, The Y and Urban Warriors

Volunteering and community engagement are driving forces for restorative justice. Find out how mentoring can provide alternatives to violence and create social change.

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