500 Gather to Think Differently to End Sexual Assault


500 people committed to ending sexual violence gathered at CALCASA’s 2017 Statewide Conference. The theme of the conference, Transformative Conversations: Think Differently to End Sexual Assault, was embodied by the keynote speakers on Wednesday morning. Beckie Masaki, Co-Founder of the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence, asked everyone to “intentionally open up the center”  for those groups and voices who have been left out. M.L. Daniel, Program Manager at FaithTrust Institute invited the audience to see each other in “all [our] fullness.”

Today, Thursday, August 10, at the opening plenary CALCASA will hear from Alejandra Valles the Chief of staff & Secretary-Treasurer of SEIU United Service WorkersWest,  Mia Mingus Community Organizer with Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective, and Krian Waqar and Hawa Adam from Muslim Girls Making Change. See our program for more information on the day’s events and information on our key note speakers.

Follow CALCASA on Twitter and #CALCASAStatewide2017 #ThinkDifferenlty2017 to stay updated on the latest conversations during the conference.    

Lorena Campos

Communications Associate Lorena Campos is a Chicana and Stockton, CA native. She began her work with CALCASA as an intern in the spring of 2015. Since then Lorena has graduated from the University of the Pacific with a B.A. in Political Science, and Minor in Ethnic Studies. Many of her experiences and efforts include: creating inclusive and outreach programming as an Inclusion Coordinator with the University of the Pacific Multicultural Center, facilitating workshops and trainings as a Student to Student Healthy Relationships Peer Educator with the University of the Pacific Women’s Resource Center, and Providing Safe Zone Trainings as an Ally to the LGBTQIA+ community. After working at the University post-graduation, she is excited to return to social justice and advocacy work as the Communications Associate for CALCASA.

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