MEET OUR 2019 SPEAKERS

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Todd Snovel

TODD SNOVEL

Executive Director, Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs

This session will provide a framework for better understanding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) and the unique challenges they often face within our systems, organizations, and communities.

KEYNOTE SUBJECT: Deepening Cultural Awareness around LGBTQ individuals and communities

DR. WILLIAM CALO

Assistant Professor in Public Health Sciences, Penn State University

Dr. Calo’s research program examines how to adapt, implement, and evaluate evidence-based interventions to eliminate cancer care disparities among diverse and disadvantaged populations, especially Hispanics. Dr. Calo is the co-leader on the CDC-funded Penn State REACH project. This 5-year project evaluates multi-level strategies related to nutrition, physical activity, and community-clinical linkages in Lebanon and Reading. He has a Master in Public Health and law degree from the University of Puerto Rico, a PhD in health services research with a concentration in health disparities from the University of Texas, and a postdoc in cancer care quality research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has over 50 publications in high impact journals.

KEYNOTE SUBJECT: Health Disparities

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BRITTANY DANCY CARO, PhD

Licensed Psychologist, WellSpan Philhaven

Privilege and bias create an environment of power vs powerless, privileged vs oppressed, and us against them. Understanding our own privilege and how we can effectively use our privileges, and  challenging biases are critical building a society of diversity and inclusion.

SUBJECT: Understanding and Countering Privilege and Bias

DR. WARREN ANDERSON

Vice President for Inclusion and Diversity & Chief Diversity Officer, Title IX Coordinator, HACC

This session will detail how microaggressions work to prevent a suitable work and educational environment, and what each of us can do to prevent its occurrence and re-occurrence.

SUBJECT: Microaggressions and its impact on workplace and educational settings

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ALI PEROTTO, MA

Approved Trainer for the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women

This seminar will explore emerging forms of sexual violence perpetrated on digital platforms and offer concrete strategies to both respond when digital abuse does occur and prevent its ongoing occurrence.

SUBJECT: Sexual Violence in the Digital Age

KAITY NORDOFF, BA CTP-C

Prevention and Outreach Specialists

Young people are actively connected to social media and technology, yet without sexual health information tailored to the digital age they remain at a higher risk for sexual exploitation across these platforms. Regular communication with informed adults is a proven prevention strategy, and it is important for helping adults to remain informed to promote safe and healthy behaviors online.

SUBJECT: Sexual Violence in the Digital Age

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Nakeeshia Greene, LSW, MPA. CCTP

Child Therapist

Nakeeshia Greene is the Child Therapist at the Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center of Lebanon and Schuylkill Counties.  She provides Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and other evidence-based modalities to children and their families whom have experienced trauma related to sexual abuse.

SUBJECT: Serving Gender Non-Conforming and Trans Individuals

CHRIS WARE, BS CTP-C

Sexual Assault Counselor

Chris Ware is a Sexual Assault Advocate for the Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center (SARCC) of Lebanon County. She graduated Magna cum Laude from Lebanon Valley College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and is a Certified Trauma Practitioner through the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children. Chris has spent 2+ years working with SARCC to support survivors and eliminate sexual violence through advocacy, individual counseling, and outreach in the community. She has developed and facilitated multiple workshops geared toward LGBTQ+ youth at the GSA Summit, as well as creative expressions groups for LGBTQ+ survivors to help process the impacts of trauma.

SUBJECT: Serving Gender Non-Conforming and Trans Individuals

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ASHTON RODRIGUEZ

Child Advocate

Ashton Rodriguez is the Child Advocate for the Sexual Assault Resource & Counseling Center of Lebanon County. He has spent 5+ years working with SARCC to support survivors and eliminate sexual violence through advocacy, counseling and outreach in the community. As a Certified Clinical Trauma Practitioner through the National Institute for Trauma & Loss in Children, he uses his education in trauma-informed practices to help survivors process the impacts of trauma. Ashton has worked closely with individuals in the LGBT+ community to process the impacts of sexual violence and within the community to advocate about the importance of working through an Anti-Oppression lens.

SUBJECT: Serving Gender Non-Conforming and Trans Individuals

DAMARY RODRIGUEZ

Language Access Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape

Damary Rodriguez is the Language Access Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape. She provides training and technical assistance to rape crisis centers across Pennsylvania. Damary worked as an advocate at their county domestic and sexual violence program has provided advocacy to survivors in her community. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Global Studies (with a focus on Latin American History and Culture) from Penn State University. Damary originally hails from New York City and is a proud daughter of immigrant parents from the Dominican Republic.

SUBJECT: Barriers to Language Access

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Dana Thompson

Project Officer, Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council

Dana Thompson has worked in the disability field for over 28 years. She has spent the last 8 years as a staff Project Officer for The Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council where she heads up an annual event called the PA Community Alliance Summit. Each year the Pa DD Council shines a focus on intersectionality, inviting organizations throughout Pennsylvania led by and/or supporting underserved/unserved populations who experience marginalization and oppression, to come together for a day of networking, discovering alliances and collaboration building. As part of this session, Dana will facilitate a discussion on intersectionality with disability. Please join us to learn what those who identify as members of multiple communities experience through their intersectionality with more than one culture.

SUBJECT: Panel Discussion- The Intersectionality of Disabilities with Other Cultures

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