Michigan Meeting will explore ways to end gender-based violence


National experts will gather on the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus May 3-5 to discuss strategies, policies and develop ideas for ending gender-based violence among adolescents and young adults.

The 2018 Michigan Meeting “Ending Gendered Violence” 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.

  • WHEN: May 3-5

  • WHERE: Rackham Graduate Building, 915 E. Washington St.

  • COST: General $75, student $25

  • RSVP: Although advance registration is closed, individual requests are still being considered.

  • Use the hashtag #MichMeeting18 to follow on Twitter.

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 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,” says Elizabeth Armstrong, professor of sociology, organizational studies and women’s studies in LSA. Armstrong leads the committee organizing the event and will present on the study of campus sexual misconduct policies.

“We seek to bridge research and practice, the university and the community, incorporating the voices of students and activists.”

The event’s three days are broken into the following categories:

• Day One — Laying the Foundation and Framing the Discussion: Development, Trauma, Technology

• Day Two — Intersections of Law, Policy, and Practice

• Day Three — Innovations, Campus, Community and Beyond

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

The next day, Beth E. Richie, head of the Department of Criminology, Law and Justice and professor of African-American studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will speak on ways that gender violence, systemic racism and criminalization interact to create particular vulnerabilities for Black women and other marginalized groups.

The event is sponsored by the 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 the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

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.


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