Day 1 | Thursday, September 5

Najuma Smith-Pollard

As program manager for the USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement, the Rev. Najuma Smith-Pollard combines her experience as a pastor and expertise as a community leader to run programs that train pastors to take on civic engagement work. Smith-Pollard also is a pastor, motivational speaker, author, life coach, radio personality and community activist. She accepted her call to ministry in 1996, while serving under the phenomenal tutelage of the Rev. Cecil L. “Chip” Murray, her father in ministry. Smith-Pollard was ordained as a Deacon in 1996 and as an Itinerant Elder in 2000. Since that time, she has served as Assistant Pastor and Pastor of Family Ministries at Christ Our Redeemer AME Church in Irvine, California; Pastor of A.K. Quinn AME Church in Moreno Valley, California; and Pastor of St. James AME Church in Los Angeles, California. In 2014, Smith-Pollard launched Word of Encouragement Community Church (WOECC.ORG) in Los Angeles. She is a frequent speaker at churches and church conferences. Smith-Pollard holds a B.S. in management from Pepperdine University, a Bachelor of Theology degree from the Southern California School of Ministry, an M.B.A. from Woodbury University and a Doctorate in Ministry from United Theological Seminary. She is an alumna of the “Passing The Mantle” Civic Engagement and Community Development Institute at USC, the precursor to the USC Cecil Murray Center’s Faith Leaders Institute.

Valencia Peterson

With the need of intervention being so critical, prevention is our only hope. For the last five years, Valencia Peterson, known as Coach V, a Football Coach with Penn Wood High School in Delaware County, a Philadelphia suburb, has been training and working alongside college and high school coaches in the greater Northeast to promote sexual and dating violence prevention with young men.

Triana Silton

Triana Silton joined the Justice for Janitors campaign of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 399 in 1994 as a Field Organizer. In 2000, she led 8,000 mostly low-wage, immigrant women on a 12-day strike for family healthcare, a decent raise, and the right to organize. After spending more than ten years having the privilege of working with janitors – developing leaders, organizing not-yet-union workers, fighting for immigration reform, and taking on employers to raise the standard of living for thousands of janitors, Triana joined SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West. As SEIU-UHW’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Triana is part of a leadership team for the 97,000-member union’s fight for healthcare justice – affordable, accessible, high-quality care for everyone provided by respected and valued caregivers everywhere.

Day 2 | Friday, September 6

Monika Johnson Hostler

Monika Johnson Hostler has the Executive Director of the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCCASA) since 2003. In addition to working on behalf of 90 rape crisis centers in North Carolina, Monika is a pivotal asset to the national sexual assault movement. Johnson Hostler serves as the president of the National Alliance Ending Sexual Violence (NAESV). She is a founding Managing Partner of RALIANCE. She received her master’s degree in public administration from NC Central University. Her leadership in the anti-sexual violence movement and the public education field are examples of her commitment to social justice and equality.

Paul Bancroft

Paul was born in Truckee, CA and raised in North Lake Tahoe. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Modern Languages and Literature with an emphasis in Spanish and Education from Montana State University. An avid learner, Paul also holds a master’s degree in Latin American and Iberian Studies with an emphasis on Adult Literacy from UC Santa Barbara. Paul worked for Tahoe SAFE Alliance from 2008-2019, serving the past three years as Executive Director. On July 1st, Paul proudly became the Executive Director of Sierra Community House, a new organization that is a result of the merging of four social service nonprofits that included a Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence/Child abuse organization (Tahoe SAFE Alliance), a hunger relief organization and two Family Resource Centers. Sierra Community House serves the entire North Lake Tahoe/Truckee region, including communities in both California and Nevada. Paul also serves as a Board Trustee for Sierra College. Paul currently live in Kings Beach with his wife, two children, a dog and cat and all of the bears and coyotes that take up residence in his back yard.

Kenia Felix

Kenia Felix currently holds the position of PREA Coordinator at Sure Helpline Crisis Center in El Centro California. She graduated from the Peace Officers’ Academy in December of 2014 and began her career at the Sure Helpline Crisis Center in August of 2016. She began her work in the movement against sexual violence as a certified sexual assault counselor and advocate and was designated as the PREA Coordinator as facilities’ PREA Compliance needs expanded. She currently oversees the work conducted in two CDCR facilities, one Immigration Detention Facility, County Jail, Juvenile Hall, Federal Halfway House, and a Re-entry Center. Kenia currently supervises the development of the Sure Helpline Crisis Center’s PREA program.