Grassroots Movements Against Sexual Violence

Date:   January 24, 2015
Speaker:   Dr. Kristjane Nordmeyer, Westminster College

Kristjane Nordmeyer is an associate professor of sociology and chair of gender studies at Westminster College. Her teaching focuses on gender and sexuality and draws on critical and historical frameworks. Kristjane is a member of the American Sociological Association and regularly presents on topics related to gender at national conferences and as part of her work around gender and sexuality in the local community.

“This presentation provides a very broad overview of grassroots movements against sexual violence in the United States over the last century and a half with an emphasis on the role that college students have played in bringing attention to this important issue in recent decades. We will discuss strategies used by social activists today to bring attention to sexual violence on college and university campuses. Finally, we will explore a common historical theme among survivors – the importance of sharing our stories.”

References and Resources:
End Rape on Campus: http://endrapeoncampus.org/
Know Your IX: http://knowyourix.org/
Project Unbreakable: http://projectunbreakable.tumblr.com/
Surviving in Numbers: http://www.survivinginnumbers.org/

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Criminal Justice Reform: Why and How, a Restorative Justice Approach

Date:  January 11, 2015
Speaker:  Sim Gill, District Attorney, Salt Lake County

Sim Gill was first elected as Salt Lake County District Attorney in 2010 and recently re-elected to second term. As a veteran prosecutor, Sim has been a champion on issues of therapeutic justice, criminal prosecution and alternatives to prosecution. He has long been an advocate of taking a systems approach to the issues of criminal and social justice, focusing on collaborative and community oriented approaches to problem solving.

Sim has collaborated on the creation and implementation of various therapeutic justice programs including Mental Health Court, Salt Lake City Domestic Violence Court, Misdemeanor Drug Court and the Salt Lake Area Family Justice Center and the Early Case Resolution program. These alternatives seek to transition those offenders out of the criminal justice system who can most benefit from other programs—giving them a much greater chance to not re-offend.

Sim graduated from the University of Utah with a B.A. degree in History and Philosophy. He received his J. D. degree and certificate of specialization in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

Presentation Synopsis

“The American Criminal Justice system is broken. Jail overcrowding is rampant and fiscal costs overwhelming. Is there anything that can be done? How did we get here and how do we get to better outcomes?”