Speakers

Sexual Wellness Advocacy Team (SWAT) is a peer education troupe at the University of Oregon that uses theatre and other dynamic, interactive techniques to advocate for healthy sexual relationships and prevent campus sexual assault and dating violence. SWAT has presented at many conferences and other schools that wish to start similar programs, and is a regular presenter for fraternities and sororities, athletics, unions for students of color and queer students, student government, and classes.

Antonia Abbey, Ph.D. is a professor of psychology at Wayne State University with a longstanding interest in women’s health and reducing violence against women. Her research focuses on understanding the causes of men’s sexual aggression, alcohol’s role in sexual assault, and measuring sexual assault. She has published more than 100 journal articles and book chapters and has served on a variety of national advisory committees.

Rishi Ahuja is doubling in economics and political science and minoring in public policy at UC Berkeley. As a student advocate with the Associated Students of the University of California, he represents students who have disputes with the university, including respondents accused of sexual violence and harassment and complainants bringing forward disputes. He is also one of two student representatives on the UC Presidential Task Force on Preventing and Responding to Sexual Violence and Sexual Assault.

Christine (cici) Ambrosio is the director of women’s resources in the Gender Equity Resource Center at UC Berkeley. During her time on campus, she has worked collaboratively to plan successful awareness weeks for sexual assault and relationship violence, as well as women-focused events such as the longstanding Empowering Women of Color Conference and Vagina Monologues. cici uses she/her, they/them, and we/us pronouns.

Elizabeth Armstrong is a sociologist whose research focuses on sexuality, gender, culture, organizations, social movements, and higher education. She taught at Indiana University before joining the University of Michigan in 2009. She was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and a recipient of a National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship. She earned a B.A. in sociology and computer science from Michigan and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in sociology from UC Berkeley.

Savannah Badalich is studying gender and global studies at UCLA and is the student body’s wellness commissioner. After she was sexually assaulted, she founded 7,000 in Solidarity: A Campaign Against Sexual Assault, which combines education, arts activism, and advocacy with the help of student governments, campus resources, survivors, and their advocates. The campaign has been featured in news outlets around the world, especially for its photography campaigns such as #AlcoholIsNotConsent.

Julie Baenziger is a senior attorney in the San Francisco Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education, where she has worked for 23 years. Title IX requirements in the area of sexual harassment, including sexual violence, are among her areas of expertise.  She has worked with colleges and universities throughout California on Title IX issues.

Victoria Banyard, Ph.D. is a professor of psychology with an affiliation in the justice studies program at the University of New Hampshire. She is also a research and evaluation consultant with the university’s Prevention Innovations research center. Her work, focused mainly on college communities, addresses responses to and prevention of interpersonal violence, as well as understanding survivor resilience and bystander actions.

Margo Bennett began her career in law enforcement at West Georgia University (WGU), where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in sociology/criminal justice and a master’s in counseling psychology. She worked at the Federal Bureau of Investigations for more than a decade, then was chief of police for the Northern Virginia Community College, the nation’s second largest community college. She joined UC Berkeley as a captain in 2002 and became chief of police in 2013.

Alan Berkowitz is a nationally recognized scholar and expert in sexual assault prevention, drug prevention, and fostering social justice.  He has received five national awards for his work and co-founded the Social Norms Approach, pioneering its implementation as a violence prevention strategy.  Berkowitz works with higher education, communities, high schools, the military, and public health organizations.

Dr. Erica Misako Boas received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education in 2013. Her dissertation examining the organization of sexuality in elementary schools was inspired by five years of teaching in the San Francisco Bay Area and an ongoing interest in exploring public schooling’s potential in influencing personal and social transformations.

Rose Carlyle is an advocate and certified rape crisis counselor for the sexually exploited minors program of Bay Area Women Against Rape (BAWAR). Her history includes mentoring high school students, volunteering as a court-appointed special advocate for foster youth, and providing coaching and technical support to non-profits serving street youth in Kenya. Her advocacy is driven by supporting the voices of the people she is serving, in terms of individual needs and systemic change.

Joseph Castro was appointed as the eighth president of California State University, Fresno in 2013. He also serves as professor of educational research and administration in the Kremen School of Education and Human Development. Before his appointment at Fresno State, Dr. Castro served as vice chancellor of student academic affairs at the University of California, San Francisco from 2006-13.

Soraya Chemaly is a feminist writer, media critic, and activist whose work focuses on the role gender and violence play in politics, religion, and popular culture. Her writing appears in such outlets as The Atlantic, The Nation, Ms. Magazine, CNN, Salon, and The Huffington Post. Chemaly was a primary organizer of a successful social media campaign demanding that Facebook recognize misogynistic content. She sits on the boards of the Women’s Media Center, Force: Upsetting Rape Culture, and In This Together Media.

Elizabeth Coté received a bachelor’s degree in legal studies from UC Berkeley and directed the LGBTQIA Resource Center at UC Davis. Her experiences and passions have also included working in mental healthcare services, co-facilitating a peer support group for LGBTQIA survivors of sexual trauma, and engaging in LGBTQIA activism in Iowa. As a first-generation college student, mixed-Chicana, queer-identified woman, Coté is committed to social justice and increasing inclusive practices in the field of higher education.

Malakai Coté Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist who specializes in college student mental health and wellness. He has worked in counseling centers in the University of California and California State University systems. He has also facilitated groups for young adult survivors of sexual violence and abuse, created trauma-informed group curricula, and conducted psychotherapy aimed at trauma healing and recovery especially for people of color or diverse gender and sexual identities.

Catherine Criswell is the Title IX coordinator at Stanford, where she oversees the investigation and resolution of all student-related matters involving sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking. She also coordinates the university’s Title IX training and outreach. An attorney, Criswell previously worked for the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education in Cleveland, Ohio, for 19 years, including four years as its director. 

 

Billy Curtis is the executive director of the Multicultural, Sexuality and Gender Centers at UC Berkeley. A skilled facilitator and trainer in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion, he has facilitated diversity workshops and delivered lectures at college campuses and corporations around the country. Curtis is active in the Bay Area LGBTQ community and has been recognized for his contributions by the GLBT Historical Society and the East Bay Stonewall Democrats.

Anna Darzins is researching the types of domestic violence services available to women with disabilities. She hopes to address how they experience the process of finding support, and what they need to make that process easier to navigate. Her honors thesis for UC Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare, Women with Disabilities: A Neglected Problem, will be published in the Berkeley Undergraduate Journal.

Nicholas B. Dirks is the 10th chancellor of UC Berkeley and an internationally renowned historian and anthropologist. An innovative leader in higher education, he is well-known for his commitment to accessible, high-quality undergraduate education in the arts and sciences, globalization of the university, and innovation across the disciplines as well as in applied and basic fields. Before coming to Berkeley, he was the executive vice president for the arts and sciences and dean of the faculty at Columbia University.

Dr. Michael V. Drake became the 15th president of The Ohio State University in 2014. Prior to that, he was the chancellor of UC Irvine for nine years, where his steadfast commitment to diversity and inclusion led to significant increases in the number of underrepresented minorities, first-generation students, and students from lower income families. Among numerous accolades and leadership roles, Dr. Drake is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the secretary of the Council of Presidents of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU).

Dr. Dorothy J. Edwards is the executive director of Green Dot etc., a center dedicated to reducing power-based personal violence. Author of the Green Dot etc. Violence Prevention Strategy, she provides training and consultation in power-based personal violence, organizational capacity building, program implementation, strategic planning, and community mobilization. She has a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Texas Woman’s University.

Carol Folt is the 11th chancellor and first woman leader of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Under her leadership, the number of applications has risen each year, faculty were the first in the South for 2013 research grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health, and new investments in the science, technology, engineering, and math curriculum have made it one of the top in the country. She came to Carolina from Dartmouth College, where she was a professor in the biological sciences and an administrator for 30 years. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Jaclyn Friedman is a writer, educator, and activist. She is the editor of the hit book Yes Means Yes! Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape, as well as the author of What You Really Really Want: The Smart Girl’s Shame-Free Guide to Sex and Safety. Friedman is the founder and former executive director of WAM! (Women, Action and the Media), where she led the #FBrape campaign to apply Facebook’s hate-speech ban to content that promotes gender-based violence. She is also a charter member of CounterQuo, a coalition dedicated to challenging the ways we respond to sexual violence.

Taylor Fugere is a fourth-year student at UC Berkeley double majoring in political science and social welfare. She founded Greeks Against Sexual Assault in 2012 to bring student-led change to her community through interactive and discussion-based workshops. She has also served on the Sexual Assault Commission, UC Berkeley’s Title IX Education Subcommittee, the Bears That Care Bystander Intervention Program, and as an intern at the Gender Equity Resource Center. 

Vanessa George is associate director of career management in the University of San Francisco’s School of Management. She has coached hundreds of people on career development and trained more than 1,000 people on topics such as networking, mentoring, and managing up. George holds a B.A. from Stanford, an M.B.A. from Georgetown, and is pursuing a doctorate in organizational psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology

Staci D. Gunner is the associate director for student life at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and a communication studies lecturer at San José State University (SJSU). She employs dialogue as a tool for liberation and social justice, “sits in her stuff” as she learns how to dismantle her white privilege, and, at her core, nestles a courageous optimism to eradicate gender-based violence. Gunner earned a master’s in communication studies from SJSU and a master’s in student affairs administration from Ball State University.

Steven J. Healy co-founded Margolis Healy and is a nationally recognized expert on campus public safety and the Clery Act. Previously, he was the public safety director at Princeton University, the chief of police at Wellesley College, and the public safety operations director at Syracuse University. Healy serves as a subject-matter expert for the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice and chairs the advisory board for the National Center for Campus Public Safety.

Paul Henisey has been the police chief at UC Irvine since 2005. He has actively worked on crime prevention efforts across the University of California system and served on its Steering Committee for Prevention of Violence Against Women, for which he received the Orange County Ambassador of Peace Award in 2013. Henisey received both his bachelor’s and his master’s degrees from USC and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the California POST Command College.

Rachel Henry is a fourth-year undergraduate at UC Santa Cruz and has been working with the university’s Sexual Assault Facts and Education program (SAFE) since her first year. Some of her work has focused on increasing the inclusion of queer students in this issue, co-writing the SAFE presentation for all incoming first-year students, and developing and facilitating a workshop on media literacy and sexual violence in the queer community.

Cory Hernandez is a first-year J.D. student at Berkeley Law. Hernandez began anti-sexual violence efforts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where they double majored in political science and American studies and received a master’s degree in political science. Among many response and prevention efforts at Berkeley, Hernandez founded the Berkeley Law Project for Survivors of Sexual Violence, which provides legal, administrative, and emotional support for student survivors.

Anita Hill is senior advisor to the provost and professor of law, public policy, and women’s studies in the Heller Graduate School of Policy and Management at Brandeis University. She also serves of counsel at Cohen, Milstein, Seller and Toll. In 1991, Hill was thrust into the public spotlight when she testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee during the confirmation hearing for then-U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Judge Clarence Thomas. After the hearings, Hill began speaking to audiences worldwide about how to build on the great strides of the women’s and civil rights struggles. Anita: Speaking Truth to Power, a documentary film by Academy Award-winner Freida Mock, was released last year.

Luoluo Hong, Ph.D., M.P.H., herself a campus rape survivor, is the vice president for student affairs and enrollment management and Title IX coordinator at San Francisco State University. She is a former rape crisis counselor, published scholar on leadership and social justice, and sought-after speaker/consultant in the area of sexual violence prevention/intervention. She is best known for her work with college men to deconstruct masculinity and become agents of change.

Elaine M. Howle is California’s independent state auditor and has more than 20 years of auditing, management, and leadership experience with the state.  She is the former president of the National State Auditors Association (NSAA). She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts and a master’s of business administration from California State University, Sacramento. 

Abbie Hunt is majoring in linguistics and minoring in disability studies at UC Berkeley. Taking every opportunity the university has offered her, she is pursuing her love of dance as a member of the Cal Dance Team and has found a new family in the sorority Alpha Omicron Pi. As a sexual assault survivor,  she hopes to share her experience with others to inspire a larger culture shift against violence.

Hallie Hunt is the assistant dean of students and director of the Center for Student Conduct at UC Berkeley. She serves on UC President Janet Napolitano’s Task Force on Preventing and Responding to Sexual Violence and Sexual Assault. She has also worked at UC Riverside and the San Francisco Art Institute and includes Title IX compliance, behavioral intervention teams, student activities, and residential life among her experience. Hunt earned her M.Ed. in counseling in student affairs from UCLA.

Hannah-Beth Jackson is a California State Senator representing the 19th district, which includes Santa Barbara County and western Ventura County. An educator, former small business owner, and former Deputy District Attorney, she chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee and the the California Legislative Women’s Caucus. She also serves on the Environmental Quality, Natural Resources, Labor and Industrial Relations, and Business, Professions and Economic Development Committees. 

Adam Jussel is an assistant dean of students and director of student standards and accountability for Washington State University (WSU). He previously represented WSU as an assistant attorney general, and his clients included disability services, athletics, student affairs, and student conduct.  Jussel received his juris doctorate from Seattle University and a certification in higher education law and policy from NASPA.

Jackson Katz Ph.D. is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the fields of gender violence prevention education and critical media literacy. He co-founded Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP), one of the most influential and widely implemented sexual assault and relationship abuse prevention programs in colleges, high schools, sports culture, and the military in North America. He is the creator of the award-winning documentaries Tough Guise and Tough Guise 2 and author of The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help and Leading Men: Presidential Campaigns and the Politics of Manhood. He lectures widely in the United States and around the world on violence, media, and masculinities.   

Mari Knuth-Bouracee has a strong commitment to social justice and providing culturally relevant and competent services to all survivors and students. She has assisted survivors of violence as an advocate, facilitator of queer survivors’ group, and via university response networks. She earned an M.Ed. from Bowling Green State University and a B.A. from Boston College. She is also an alum of the Social Justice Training Institute.

Denice Labertew, J.D. is the director of advocacy services for the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA).  She works with universities, community-based organizations, policymakers, and students to ensure that their efforts around sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking are survivor-centered, collaborative, and support comprehensive prevention. Labertew also teaches at community colleges in the Los Angeles area.

Dr. Jason Laker is a professor of counselor education and the former vice president for student affairs at San José State University.  He previously served as associate vice principal and dean of student affairs at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada.  His research and scholarship on gender and masculine role socialization span 20 years and include two texts — Masculinities in Higher Education and Canadian Perspectives on Men and Masculinities.

Chief Mike Lane graduated from UC Riverside (UCR) in 1992.  He was a resident director in UCR’s housing department before joining its police department and has nearly 17 years of experience in law enforcement. 

Abigail Leeder is the director of experiential education and prevention initiatives at the University of Oregon. She also directs the Sexual Wellness Advocacy Team (SWAT), a peer education group that uses interactive theater to engage students about healthy sexual relationships, and Rehearsals for Life, a graduate student ensemble that addresses issues of equity and inclusion on campus and beyond. She presents and consults nationally on theatre as a prevention tool.

Therese Leone is the associate campus counsel at UC Berkeley. She advises the administration on a broad range of higher education legal issues, including labor and employment, discrimination and harassment, student affairs, Title IX and Clery compliance, and internal investigations. She also has extensive experience conducting preventative educational seminars.  She is a graduate of Berkeley Law and Northwestern University.

Joni Leventis joined the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office in 1994 after being in private practice for three years. She has tried multiple homicide and sexual assault cases during her career. In 2011, she was named the Outstanding Prosecutor of the Year by the California District Attorney’s Association. She currently heads the Sexual Assault Prosecution Team, which handles cases involving child and adult victims of sexual assault.

David Lisak is a researcher and forensic consultant who has studied the causes and consequences of interpersonal violence for 25 years. His work has focused on the long-term effects of sexual abuse in men, the relationship between child abuse and violence, and the motives and characteristics of rapists. Lisak consults widely with universities, the U.S. Military, and other institutions on sexual assault prevention and policies, and frequently serves as an expert witness in homicide and sexual assault cases.

Will Mallari is a complaint resolution officer in UC Berkeley’s Title IX office, where he leads a team of investigators and coordinates the university’s administrative response to incidents of sexual harassment and violence. Mallari is a graduate of Berkeley Law and an experienced employment attorney, workplace investigator, and higher education administrator. Prior to law school, he was a police officer and crime scene investigator in Santa Barbara.

Michael Mansfield has served as co-director, course teacher, co-writer, and artistic director of Berkeley Interactive Theater for eight years. In addition, he is faculty lecturer and undergraduate academic advisor in the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies. Before UC Berkeley, he worked nationally and internationally as a transformational change theater artist, educator, and speaker for over 30 years.

Zerlina Maxwell is a political analyst, speaker, and contributing writer for EBONY.com, Mic.com and RHRealitycheck.org. She writes about national politics, candidates, and specific policy and culture issues, including domestic violence, sexual assault, victim blaming, and gender inequality.  She has consulted with the U.S. Department of State to promote the use of social media by students in the West Bank and is a frequent speaker at colleges, universities, and organizations about rape culture and feminism.

Justin McClendon is majoring in legal studies and politics at UC Santa Cruz and works as both a peer advisor and campus tour guide. McClendon has been involved in student government for two years working on issues related to higher education and sexual assault.

Pamela Mejia leads the research program at the Berkeley Media Studies Group, which analyzes how the media portrays public health and social justice issues.  Her research on news coverage of sexual violence has appeared in the Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, and she has presented findings to the American Public Health Association and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among others. She holds master’s degrees in biochemistry and public health from UC Berkeley.

Leroy Moore is the creator of Krip-Hop Nation (hip-hop artists and other musicians with disabilities) and is currently writing a book. He is also a co-founder of Sins Invalid, founding member of National Black Disability Coalition, and a columnist at Poor Magazine.  He is a leading voice around police brutality and wrongful incarceration of people with disabilities and has studied and worked in the field of race and disability concerning blues, hip-hop, and social justice issues in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and the Netherlands.

Mandy Mount, Ph.D. is a counseling psychologist and the director of Campus Assault Resources and Education (CARE) at UC Irvine.  She oversees victim services and educational programming, engages in research and policy development, conducts individual and group psychotherapy, and teaches.  She also trains and consults for law enforcement, student conduct hearing boards, mental health providers, and other community and campus groups.

Janet Napolitano is the 20th president — and first female president — of the University of California, the world’s premier public research university system of 10 campuses, five medical centers, three affiliated national laboratories, and a statewide agriculture and natural resources program. A distinguished public servant with a record of leading large, complex organizations, she is the former secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and a two-term governor of Arizona.

Denise Oldham is the Title IX officer and director of the Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination at UC Berkeley. She is responsible for overseeing campus implementation of federal, state, and university policy requirements focused on sexual harassment and sexual violence. She also oversees Title IX athletics compliance requirements on the Berkeley campus. 

Brian O’Connor is the director of public education campaigns and programs for Futures Without Violence, which focuses on reaching men, parents, coaches, teachers, military families, and teens. To date, his efforts have led to program adaptations in countless communities in the United States and around the world. O’Connor holds a master’s from Columbia University and is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. 

Michael P. O’Connor has taught civil rights, criminal law, criminal procedure, constitutional law, evidence, and various litigation courses throughout the United States and abroad.  As a practicing lawyer for two decades, O’Connor represented death-sentenced prisoners across the country. His work with Bryan Stevenson in the State of Alabama v. Walter McMillian case is featured in the New York Times best-seller Just Mercy. He is a visiting law professor at the University of La Verne College of Law.

Nancy O’Malley is the first woman to serve as Alameda County’s elected district attorney and is known throughout the state and country for her innovation and vision. She is a nationally recognized expert in issues involving violence against women, violence against people with disabilities, and interpersonal violence, including sexual assault, domestic violence, elder abuse, child abuse, stalking/threat management, and human exploitation and trafficking.

Maria Lucero Padilla has served as co-director, facilitator, and content expert of Berkeley Interactive Theater for eight years. As the lead facilitator, she uses live theater and audience participation to raise awareness, promote dialogue, and affect policy and organizational change around emotionally charged, multi-generational issues of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, ability, and status. She has worked for more than 30 years in higher education as a multi-cultural education and retention specialist.

Gayle Sakowski is the chief attorney at the San Francisco Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education. She is an expert on a variety of civil rights issues arising in education, including sexual harassment and assault, race and national origin discrimination, and the rights of students with disabilities. Sakowski co-authored OCR’s 1997 and 2001 Sexual Harassment Guidance documents and has worked with school districts, colleges, and universities throughout California.

Marsha Saxton, Ph.D. is a lecturer in disability studies at UC Berkeley and a researcher at the World Institute on Disability (WID). She specializes in disabled women’s health and abuse and violence prevention. Her curriculum, Curriculum on Abuse Prevention and Empowerment (CAPE), and book, Sticks & Stones: Disabled People’s Stories of Abuse, Defiance and Resilience, are available through wid.org. 

Louel Señores​, the lead script developer and an actor with the Berkeley Interactive Theater (BIT), has co-created 25 projects with the company in five years. In collaboration with BIT Director Michael Mansfield and the company’s sponsoring organizations, Señores crafts complex characters in less-than-just scenarios that are based on research. He often performs in these scenarios and anchors the depth of the issues theatrically. 

Mauro Sifuentes has been working with youth of color from low-income and immigrant communities for over a decade, addressing issues of educational access, gendered violence, and U.S. racism. In addition to developing and managing peer educator training programs for youth leaders, he is pursuing a doctorate in human rights education at the University of San Francisco and is on the advisory committee of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission.

Galen Silvestri, co-founder and executive director of United Roots, is a longtime community educator, organizer, and media maker in Oakland, CA. He is also the co-founder and director of the Turf Unity Music Program and a co-founder of Art in Action. Silvestri has more than 10 years of experience providing direct service to youth through many different Bay Area organizations.

Gloria Simoneaux founded Harambee Arts, an expressive arts and training program that serves children globally who have been traumatized by illness, poverty, violence, and other crises. She also taught expressive arts to counselors in Nairobi as a Fulbright scholar and founded DrawBridge, an arts program for homeless children.

Patricia Smith is a certified compassion fatigue specialist with more than 20 years of training experience. As founder of the Compassion Fatigue Awareness project, she writes, speaks, and presents workshops nationally in service to those who care for others. She has authored several books, including the award-winning To Weep for a Stranger: Compassion Fatigue in Caregiving.

Jackie Speier is the U.S. congresswoman representing California’s 14th district, which includes South San Francisco, Brisbane, and San Mateo. She serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and is the ranking member of oversight and investigations for the Armed Services Committee. Speier is a senior whip for the Democratic leadership team and is known nationally for her work on sexual assault in the military, women’s health, human trafficking, gun violence, and consumer financial protection.

Dr. Shannon Spriggs-Murdoch has spent the last 10 years with Mentors in Violence Prevention, delivering and developing training in the United States, Australia, Sweden, Scotland, and the Middle East.  She has facilitated over 700 awareness and train-the-trainer sessions. Spriggs-Murdoch received her Ph.D. in higher education administration, with a focus on student affairs, from Boston College in 2007.

Claude Steele is the executive vice chancellor and provost at UC Berkeley, where he plays a critical role in developing and implementing the university’s and chancellor’s vision and priorities. As the chief academic officer, he oversees all academic programs, policies, and infrastructures. A social psychologist, Steele released a book in 2010 called Whistling Vivaldi and Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us, which summarizes years of research on stereotype threat and the under-performance of minority students in higher education.

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum has served as president of Spelman College, the leading educator of women of African descent, since 2002. Widely recognized as a race relations expert and leader in higher education, she is the author of Can We Talk About Race? And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation and Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations about Race. Dr. Tatum is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and winner of the Carnegie Academic Leadership Award (2013) and Brock International Prize in Education (2005).

 

Pamela Thomason is the California State University’s first-ever systemwide Title IX compliance officer. Previously she was the sexual harassment and Title IX officer at UCLA for 14 years, a regional attorney for the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and an employment law attorney at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Thomason earned a degree in finance from the University of Illinois and a juris doctorate from the University of Southern California.

 

Sheryl Vacca is the senior vice president/chief compliance and audit officer for the University of California, where she oversees the compliance and internal audit programs for all 10 UC communities. Vacca also leads the President’s Task Force on Preventing and Responding to Sexual Violence and Sexual Assault.

Nancy Wahlig, MSW, LCSW has been working in the field of violence prevention since 1982. She co-directed a grassroots rape crisis center in Guam, then served as director of the Rape Crisis Center in Palo Alto, CA.  In 1988, she was the founding director of the Sexual Assault & Violence Prevention Resource Center (SARC) at UC San Diego, where she continues to work.

Meghan Warner is a third-year student studying sociology at UC Berkeley. She is director of the Sexual Assault Commission of the Associated Students of the University of California and co-chair of Greeks Against Sexual Assault. She is also involved in other university and student government anti-sexual assault efforts. Warner was one of the 31 current and former UC Berkeley students who filed Title IX and Clery complaints against the university in 2014.

Christopher Watson began his work to counter violent masculinity as a founding member of the Men Against Violence chapter at Texas State University. Today he directs the Sexually Exploited Minors program at Bay Area Women Against Rape, the nation’s first rape crisis center. Watson has also worked for Transforming Communities in San Rafael, CA, RAVEN Non-Violence Education in St. Louis, MO, and Amnesty International USA in the Midwest Regional Office.

Kristie Whitehorse joined the Family Violence Law Center (FVLC) in 2011 as the managing attorney.  At FVLC, Whitehorse oversees all legal program activities and represents clients in domestic violence restraining order cases. She has nine years of experience providing family law services to low-income clients and survivors of domestic violence.

Linda Williams is the associate chancellor at UC Berkeley and the campus’s chief ethics, risk, and compliance officer. She also oversees audit and advisory services and the staff ombuds office, and is the locally designated official under the Whistleblower Policy. Previously, Williams served as associate president for the University of California Office of the President from 2003–08. She has received numerous honors for her visionary leadership.

Mike Williams is the interim director of intercollegiate athletics at UC Berkeley. He is also vice chair of the UC Berkeley Foundation. He recently retired as managing director and vice chairman of capital markets at Barclays Global Investors (BGI). Formerly, he was head of the Global Index and Markets Group at BGI. His campus affiliations include the College of Letters & Science, the Social Sciences Division, Division of Equity and Inclusion, and the Order of the Golden Bear.

Jezzie Zimbardo received her M.A. in counseling psychology from the University of San Francisco in 2003. Since then she has worked extensively with issues of sexuality, gender, and trauma at WOMAN Inc, New Leaf Services, and Dimensions Clinic in San Francisco. For the last five years she has worked with a special program at UC Davis aimed at connecting underserved students to mental health services.