The Iowa Anti-Violence Symposium on Friday March 26th is happening entirely online
We know that you’re probably wondering what this means for you. So, here’s what you need to know: on Friday March 26th you’ll get access to an online platform full of every workshop leader video, activity, and conversation that you would have been able to be a part of at an in-person symposium. As an additional bonus, you’ll have ongoing access to the modules, and no time-restraints, so you won’t have to pick-and-choose which content to watch—you can have it all!
WHEN: Friday March 26th | 9:00am – 3:00pm WHERE: Your favorite workplace! This Symposium is entirely virtual!
REGISTRATION: Click Here for Attendee Registration
All students deserve a safe environment to learn and a supportive place to form friendships. Violence inside school, at home, in relationships, and in communities are significant barriers which stand in the way of students feeling safe and supported while also receiving a quality academic and scholastic experience. The mission of the 4th Annual Iowa Anti-Violence Symposium is to inform educators, counselors, and administrators about effective violence prevention and response strategies to create safer and more welcoming school environments for all students. This conference will feature experts in the field sharing best practices on gender-based violence, domestic violence, identity-based violence, and violence prevention. Attendees will leave with all the tools they need to foster safety and security for all.
9:00-10:00am – Morning Keynote
10:00-10:15am – Break/Exhibitors
10:15-11:00am – Workshops 1, 2, and 3
11:00-11:15pm – Break/Exhibitors
11:15am-12:00pm – Workshop Sessions 4, 5, and 6
12:00-12:30pm – Lunch Break
12:30-2:00pm – Afternoon Keynote
2:00-2:15pm – Break/Exhibitors
2:15-3:00pm – Workshops 7, 8, 9
Thrust into the world of activism by the largest school shooting in American history, Parkland survivor David Hogg has become one of the most compelling voices of his generation. His call to “get over politics and get something done” challenges Americans to stand up, speak out and work to elect morally just leaders, regardless of party affiliation. Passionate in his advocacy to end gun violence, David’s mission of increasing voter participation, civic engagement and activism embraces a range of issues..
On February 14, 2018, David’s life changed forever. As a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, he lost friends, classmates and teachers. A total of 17 people were killed when a lone teen gunman sprayed bullets from a high-powered military assault rifle. David’s eloquent responses to America’s largest school shooting immediately placed him in the national and international media spotlight. Committed to becoming an agent for change, he resolved that no other young person should have to experience the tragic impact of gun violence. He joined with friends from high school to co-found March For Our Lives, now one of the world’s largest youth-led movements. Five weeks after the shooting, March For Our Lives mobilized one of the biggest demonstrations in the nation’s history. Speaking before an estimated 800,000 protestors in Washington, D.C., David declared, “The sun shines on a new day—and it is ours!” Since then, David’s activism has taken him around the country, meeting with impacted families and diverse communities to deepen his knowledge of gun safety and the politics of ending gun violence. With his younger sister, Lauren, also a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, he co-wrote #NeverAgain, a New York Times best-seller. David and Lauren also contributed to the best-selling book, Glimmer of Hope: How Tragedy Sparked a Movement, a compilation of writing from the founders of March For Our Lives.
A prolific voice on social media with more than a million followers, David uses his platform to promote civic engagement, activism and voting. As a speaker, he informs, challenges and energizes, empowering his generation to resist apathy and become catalysts for positive social change. “People call us snowflakes,” he once tweeted. “What happens when snowflakes vote? That’s called an avalanche.”
Check back soon for more details!
Breakout #1: Post Seclusion Debriefing – Ben Grose, Polk Alternative Education Center, Special Education Teacher
Breakout #2: Leading to Prevent – Alan Heisterkamp, Director UNI Center for Violence Prevention
Breakout #3: Healthy Relationships and Our Youth – Yolanda Harden, The Set Me Free Project Director of Operations and Programming
Breakout #4: Violence Prevention in the Latinx Community – Sonia Reyes, Iowa Office of Latino Affairs, Director
Breakout #5: Combating Cyberbullying – Terese Jurgensen, Iowa Department of Education, Bullying Consultant
Breakout #6: Human Trafficking and Our Youth – Yolanda Harden, The Set Me Free Project Director of Operations and Programming
Breakout #7: Cyberbullying and LGBTQ Youth – Aaron Ridings, GLSEN, Director of Public Policy
Breakout #8: Title IX – Thomas Mayes, Iowa Department of Education, Attorney
Breakout #9: Preventing Sexual Violence – Hannah Vander Kopsa, Crisis Intervention and Advocacy Center, Sexual Abuse Specialist
Roughly 200 educators and community advocates from across the state are expected to attend this year’s conference. Are you interested in exhibiting at the 4th Annual Iowa Anti-Violence Symposium? Click Here to Staff an Exhibitor Booth.