Day One

 

Valerie Jarrett

Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, was introduced by Carrie Bettinger-Lopez, White House Advisor on Violence Against Women and shared her goals for the movement against sexual assault with the 2015 National Sexual Conference plenary session audience.

Valerie B. Jarrett is a Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, overseeing the White House Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, and chairing the White House Council on Women and Girls.

Ms. Jarrett has worked throughout her tenure at the White House to mobilize elected officials, business and community leaders, and diverse groups of advocates behind efforts to strengthen and improve access to the middle class, to boost American businesses and our economy, and to champion equality and opportunity for all Americans. From ongoing campaigns to end sexual assault, raise the minimum wage, advocate workplace policies that empower working families, and promote entrepreneurship and early childhood education, Ms. Jarrett has helped the President develop a broad coalition of partners to execute a robust agenda.

Ms. Jarrett came to the White House with a background in both the public and private sectors, having served as the Chief Executive Officer of The Habitat Company in Chicago, Chairman of the Chicago Transit Board, Commissioner of Planning and Development, and Deputy Chief of Staff for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.
She also served as Co-Chair of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team, and the director of corporate and not-for-profit boards including Chairman
of the Board of the Chicago Stock Exchange, Chairman of the University of Chicago Medical Center Board of Trustees, and Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Jarrett received her B.A. from Stanford University in 1978 and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1981.

 

 

Kamilah Willingham

Kamilah Willingham, Program and Outreach Director, California Women’s Law Center, gave an inspiring keynote to close the opening session at the 2015 National Sexual Assault Conference on September 2, 2015.

Kamilah Willingham is an outspoken advocate and activist dedicated to gender equality, social justice, and human rights. She currently works as a Program and Outreach Director at the California Women’s Law Center. She previously worked for Just Detention International (JDI), an organization dedicated to ending sexual abuse in detention. Kamilah was recently featured in the documentary film The Hunting Ground, in which she spoke about her experience reporting her sexual assault to Harvard Law School when she was a student there. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School, and received her undergraduate degree from Pomona College.

Founding Mothers of the Movement

The founding mothers of the movement against sexual assault, Gloria Sandoval, Chief Executive Director of STAND! For Families Free of Violence, Beckie Masaki, Co-Driector of the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence, and Alva Moreno, former Director of Sexual Assault Crisis Services at YWCA Greater Los Angeles, gave insight into their many years of work in the field.

Read their bios here.

 

 

Day Two

NFL Partnership Announcement at the 2015 National Sexual Assault Conference

During NSAC, CALCASA was pleased to announce a national partnership with the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (a project of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape) and the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (a project of the North Caroline Coalition Against Sexual Assault) with seed funding from the National Football League (NFL) to change our culture in one generation. As part of this partnership, the organizations will focus on prevention, communications and messaging, and policy, respectively, to elevate the profile of sexual violence prevention and streamline access to resources.

 

 

 

Jackson Katz

Jackson Katz, Co-Founder of Mentors in Violence Prevention, gave a thought provoking presentation at the 2015 National Sexual Assault Conference on September 3.
Jackson Katz is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in gender violence prevention education in schools, the sports culture and the military, as well as his pioneering work in critical media literacy. An educator, author, filmmaker, and social theorist, Katz is co-founder of the multiracial, mixed-gender Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program at Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society. MVP was one of the first programs to use a “bystander” model for gender violence prevention; Katz is one of the key architects of the bystander approach. Today, MVP is the most widely utilized sexual and domestic violence prevention program in college and professional athletics. Katz’s educational video Tough Guise, his appearances in the films Wrestling With Manhood and Spin The Bottle, his authorship of “The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help”, and his lectures in the U.S. and around the world have brought his insights into masculinity and gender violence to millions of college and high school students as well as professionals in education, human services, public health and law enforcement. Katz holds academic degrees from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in cultural studies and education from UCLA.

Anita Raj

Anita Raj, Ph.D., is Director of UCSD’s Center on Gender Equity and Health and is a Professor in the Division of Global Public Health, Department of Medicine. Dr. Raj is a developmental psychologist with approximately 20 years of experience conducting research on sexual and reproductive health/HIV/STI, gender-based violence, substance misuse and abuse, and the intersection of these issues.

Her current research is based in South Asia, the United S tates and Russia. This work includes qualitative and quantitative research to support intervention development and implementation, as well as efficacy and effectiveness trials to evaluate behavioral interventions. She has served as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on more than 30 grants from various federal funding agencies including NIH [NIMH, NICHD, NIDA, NIAAA], CDC, SAMHSA, and the Office of Minority Health, as well as foundations including the Lucile and David Packard Foundation and Kaiser Foundation. She has authored or co-authored 100+ peer-reviewed publications from these studies. In addition to this research,

Dr. Raj has for the past 20 years been involved with various community based organizations working for immigrant rights and against gender-based violence against immigrant health vulnerabilities. Currently, Dr. Raj has projects related to adolescent girls’ early marriage and reproductive/maternal health, HIV prevention and test and treat interventions, sexual violence and intimate partner violence prevention programs, and immigrant and refugee health.

 

Day Three

Lilia Garcia-Brower

Lilia Garcia-Brower, Executive Director of the Maintenance Cooperation Trust Fund, delivered an energetic message to the plenary audience on the final day of the 2015 National Sexual Assault Conference on September 4.

Lilia García-Brower is Maya’s mami and the executive director of the Maintenance Cooperation Trust Fund (MCTF). The MCTF is a statewide janitorial compliance organization that investigates cleaning companies for employment law violations. Through its efforts, the MCTF has won more than 65 million in back wages and has brought in more than 6000 jobs from the predatory underground economy into the formal economy. Lillia was featured in the 2015 Frontline documentary Rape on the Night Shift.

 

 

 

Mónica Ramírez

Anita Raj, Ph.D., is Director of UCSD’s Center on Gender Equity and Health and is a Professor in the Division of Global Public Health, Department of Medicine. Dr. Raj is a developmental psychologist with approximately 20 years of experience conducting research on sexual and reproductive health/HIV/STI, gender-based violence, substance misuse and abuse, and the intersection of these issues.

Her current research is based in South Asia, the United S tates and Russia. This work includes qualitative and quantitative research to support intervention development and implementation, as well as efficacy and effectiveness trials to evaluate behavioral interventions. She has served as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on more than 30 grants from various federal funding agencies including NIH [NIMH, NICHD, NIDA, NIAAA], CDC, SAMHSA, and the Office of Minority Health, as well as foundations including the Lucile and David Packard Foundation and Kaiser Foundation. She has authored or co-authored 100+ peer-reviewed publications from these studies. In addition to this research,

Dr. Raj has for the past 20 years been involved with various community based organizations working for immigrant rights and against gender-based violence against immigrant health vulnerabilities. Currently, Dr. Raj has projects related to adolescent girls’ early marriage and reproductive/maternal health, HIV prevention and test and treat interventions, sexual violence and intimate partner violence prevention programs, and immigrant and refugee health.