Building a Better Community
Wednesday, October 11th
Building a Better Community is dedicated to helping us understand one another, to respect our differences while we discover our similarities. On Wednesday, October 11 in cooperation with Wichita State University Inter-Faith Ministries presents a symposium featuring three nationally known experts on violence, hate, discrimination and bias. While they are all familiar with each other's work and have collaborated often, this event in Wichita will be the first time all three have appeared together.
Dr. Jack Levin is professor emeritus at Northeastern University and co-director of the Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict. He will talk about "The Violence of Hate." Dr. Levin works with a variety of community, academic and professional groups, including many law enforcement agencies across the country and internationally.
Steve Wessler is an attorney, human rights education, trainer and advocate. He works with schools non-profits, law enforcement and communities to prevent bias, harassment, and violence. Mr. Wessler will conduct some focus groups in schools in Wichita and surrounding communities to tailor his remarks to our particular demographics. "Preventing Bias, Bullying, Harassment and Violence in Our Schools" will be his morning topic. In the afternoon he'll conduct a breakout session of "Creating Safe and Respectful Work Places in Health Care and Other Settings." Both will include information specific to Wichita.
Dr. Eric Madfis is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Washington Tacoma, where his research focuses on the causes and prevention of school violence, hate crime, and mass murder. In the morning Dr. Madfis will present "Positive School Environments as Violence Prevention." His breakout session, "Practicing Restorative Justice with Schools," aims to reduce bullying and victimisation and manage conflict through the restorative justice model where perpetrators learn about the consequences of their behavoirs and seek to repair relations with the victims. One important side benefit of restorative justice is it often greatly increases school attendance.
All sessions are free, but registration is required. You may sign up here. While lunch is not included in registration, three options are available: purchase a box lunch for $7 (advance payment required); enjoy one of the food trucks that will be outside the Hughes Metroplex that day; go out with friends and co-workers.
This event is a great way to earn contiuning education credits. Wichita State University College of Health Professions is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. This course offering is approved for 5.4 contact hours applicable for RN, LPN, or LMHT relicensure. Kansas State Board of Nursing provider number: LT 0090-0327. The National Association of Social Workers Kansas Chapter has determined that this training event meets the requirements of the Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board for 6.0 CEUs. The cost of credits is $13 per person.