In an effort to help boost community awareness and lower violence in the Walla Walla community, Whitman College hosts the 2011 Community Violence Prevention Conference, March 29 and 30, including a lecture by Dorothy Edwards of Green Dot, etc. and educational workshops.  All events are free and open to the public.

Click here to register for Wednesday’s free workshops.

“This conference is an opportunity for members of the Whitman and Walla Walla communities to do something significant in responding to violence and to use this initial effort as a springboard for further efforts to reduce violence where we live and work,” said Barbara Maxwell, Whitman associate dean of students. “Whitman College is proud to partner with our community in this effort and be an active participant in the Green Dot violence prevention program.”

Events:

Tuesday, March 29: Dorothy Edwards, executive director of Green Dot, etc., presents a lecture titled "What Works? Effective Ways to Reduce Violence in Our Community."   Edwards will address how individuals in the Walla Walla community can become active agents for change by understanding why violence occurs and how they can help prevent it. 7 p.m., Cordiner Hall.

Wednesday, March 30: Free presentations and workshops featuring topics on "Violence prevention in our schools" and "Green Dot Program."  Visit wwviolenceprevention.com for details and to register. 8:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Whitman campus, see Web site above for details.

Tuesday’s speaker, Dorothy J. Edwards, author of the Green Dot Violence Prevention Strategy, holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman’s University. Prior to her current position, serving as the Executive Director of Green Dot, etc., a center dedicated to effective intervention and prevention of power-based personal violence, Edwards served for five years as the founding Director of the University of Kentucky Violence Intervention and Prevention Center. She has worked in both counseling and teaching capacities in higher education at Appalachian State University and Texas Women’s University as well as founding the Community Education Program at Denton County Friends of the Family, addressing sexual assault and relationship violence. With a specialty in primary prevention, she provides training and consultation in the areas of power-based personal violence, organizational capacity building, program implementation, strategic planning and community mobilization. Edwards is currently working with government entities, state coalitions, military, non-profits, community organizations, high schools and colleges from around the globe.

Contact:
Barbara Maxwell, associate dean of students
509-527-5208
maxwelba@whitman.edu