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Youth Empowerment: Youth Participatory Budgeting

Shatoyia Moss  |  Experiential, Discussion-based

Youth Participatory Budgeting (YPB) is a democratic process in which young community members decide how to spend part of a municipal budget. Participatory budgeting has been shown to spark an interest among young people in the system and ideals of democracy, and to increase the likelihood of their future engagement with local government. We will discuss the power of youth leadership in government and community decisions, and have an interactive example of how YPB works.  This session will be facilitated by young people involved in YPB.

Shatoyia Moss attended Indiana University as an undergrad and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in the School of Informatics, Computing, & Engineering. Shatoyia was recently named the Safe and Civil City Director in the City of Bloomington Community and Family Resources Department (CFRD) and is also the youngest person to serve in this position. Her continued engagement with the community can be seen in her former involvement of Indiana Kids, a mentoring and tutoring program at Indiana University, and as the Community Events and Athletic Director of Girls, Inc. She is one of two vice presidents, webmaster, chair of scholarship and youth initiatives for the Bloomington Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.


Understanding Maternal Trauma and Childhood Outcomes

Jen Thomas-Giyer  |  Experiential, Lecture, Practical/skill-based

In this workshop we deconstruct the transmission of trauma through examination of nature, nurture and narratives that exist in experienced adversity. Through presentation of findings from a community-based study, we begin breaking down the ways in which childhood outcomes of attachment, anxiety and sensory regulation are affected by negative maternal experiences. Through better understanding of the ways that adverse experiences change schemas, professionals and community members alike are better able to intervene in ways that create ripple effects across space and time, resulting in healthier children, supported families and stronger communities. 

Jen Thomas-Giyer is a graduate student within the Indiana University School of Social Work. Prior to moving to Indiana, she completed her undergraduate degree in speech-language pathology and psychology at Winthrop University in South Carolina. She has spent the last fifteen years working with children and families with neurological and neurodevelopmental disorders, specializing in the treatment of language and behavior issues in a variety of settings from outpatient clinics to school-based alternatives and home-based care. Her current research interests surround the intersection of maternal trauma and child outcomes on attachment, anxiety and sensory function and the implementation of trauma-informed care.


Equity and Inclusion in Child Services: A Community Panel

Louis Malone IV, moderator  |  Discussion-based, Panel discussion 

This panel will discuss and examine the inequities that exist within child and family services in Monroe County. Panel participants are experts in the field of child and family services and bring decades of experience to the conversation. Gatekeeping, power and privilege, and systems that reinforce inequity will be key aspects of the dialogue. The community will be engaged in actionable steps that can be taken to help mitigate the identified inequities .

Louis Malone IV serves as the Deputy Director of the Youth Services Bureau of Monroe County. Louis has been a resident of Bloomington since completing his studies at Hanover College and coming to Bloomington to study at Indiana University. Having been at YSB since 2003, Louis has previously served as a Full Time Direct Care staff member, the supervisor of daily shelter operations, and the Program Coordinator prior to being promoted to Deputy Director in the Spring of 2016.


The Confidence Code: Girls and Confidence

Monroe County Women’s Commission  |  Experiential, Discussion-based, Practical/skill-based 

This 75-minute workshop presented by the Monroe County Women’s Commission and Girl Scouts of Central Indiana will include 3 components: 

  1. Presentation of data on girls ages 8-18 who self-report confidence levels and the impact on academic/life performance.
  2. Self-efficacy quiz as it relates to confidence style.
  3. Group activity that focuses on the development of confidence as it relates to goal setting. 

Summit participants should attend this workshop if they (1) are interested in learning more about how confidence informs and impacts childhood conditions for girls ages 8-18; (2) are seeking practical steps on how to incorporate confidence-based pedagogy in the classroom; and (3) are curious about how confidence presents itself in across diverse identities. The information gained from this workshop is applicable to all adults, can be used in the workplace, and can be applied to our personal lives. 

The Monroe County Women’s Commission (MCWC) aims to research, understand, evaluate and advocate local issues, challenges and opportunities encountered by women and girls in Monroe County, Indiana. The Commission shall review and make recommendations about policies, procedures, services and activities of departments and agencies of Monroe County as they affect women and girls.


Accountability to Equity: Building Practices in Our Organizations

Lindsey Badger  |  Experiential 

Participants will co-create and affirm Communication VALUES and PRACTICES that resist abuse and oppression and encourage equity, safety, support, and accountability.  In this session, engage in scenarios to imagine equitable responses to crisis and conflict in workplaces that claim to value doing increasingly less harm. Participants will explore if working through conflict has impacted or created additions to their initial values and practice.  They will then consider what would allow them to “buy in” to a process if they were asked to be accountable to equity in a way that reduced their power or privilege. Participants will receive a brief introduction to follow-up steps to enacting a climate and process of accountability, after the establishment of values and practices and collective buy-in is achieved.

Lindsey Badger is the Prevention Program Coordinator and Educator at Middle Way House. She has two elementary-aged children who have grown up here, and she feels rooted and invested in the Bloomington community. She develops and facilitates school-based and community-based curriculum for healthy relationships, peer support, and accountability. Over her past thirteen years, she has spent her time teaching IU classes and facilitating jail-based and community-based think tanks and workshops that address social inequity, collaboration across difference, and community responses to criminalization. 


Shifting to a Restorative Justice Framework: The Path to Equity, Inclusion, and Justice

Nick Philbeck & Ping Showalter  |  Discussion-based, Experiential, Practical/skill-based

Justice is the state of being in which all individuals are able to enjoy the freedom, material (e.g., food, water, warmth), security, and social value to which they are entitled as human beings, while correspondingly acknowledging and acting in accordance with others’ abilities to enjoy the same.

Based on this understanding of justice, a justice system would seem to serve an important function in promoting equity and inclusion. Yet, in Monroe County and across the U.S., justice systems like criminal justice systems and school disciplinary systems are often cited as major root causes of inequity and social stratification. The restorative justice paradigm places explicit focus on equity and inclusion, not only as desired outcomes of justice processes but also as central components of the justice processes themselves, and applying this paradigm can lead to important shifts. This workshop will illustrate ways that focusing on restorative justice can lead to greater inclusion of the parties who are most affected and to more equitable justice processes and outcomes.

The main topics of exploration will be the current juvenile justice landscape in Monroe County, some of the factors that lead juvenile justice systems to perpetuate and cause inequity, common tensions that create challenges in efforts to achieve justice, and ideas for how people in this community can pursue justice in ways that are more likely to lead to healing and create equitable and inclusive conditions for all. Much of the workshop will be centered on activities via which participants will work to address tensions and dilemmas that commonly affect juvenile justice processes. For example, when a child punches their classmate in school, there may be tension between the desire to continue including that child in the school and the desire to protect the other students’ emotional and physical safety.

Nick Philbeck has been involved in the restorative justice field since being trained as a mediator and restorative justice practitioner at Community Justice & Mediation Center (CJAM) as a teen in 2004. He has been CJAM’s Restorative Justice Case Manager since 2013, and has led numerous trainings and workshops related to restorative justice, mediation, and conflict resolution. In addition to his work at CJAM, Nick is a member of multiple committees within BTCC and within Monroe County’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI). He is also a member of the City of Bloomington Council for Community Accessibility, a group facilitator for Noah’s Ark’s series of community discussions on faith and racism, and was a member of the Butler University’s Black Student Union (BSU) and represented BSU on the university’s student government council focused on equity and inclusion with regard to race, spirituality, gender, and sexual orientation.

Ping Showalter is a junior at Indiana University and an intern at CJAM. During this internship, Ping has assisted with Monroe County criminal justice system community listening sessions. She also organized a public workshop about community healing via restorative justice, which was presented by CJAM in partnership with IU’s Political and Civic Engagement Initiative (PACE) and the City of Bloomington’s Nonviolent Civic Engagement Initiative. Ping created her own major at IU called “The Rhetoric of Social Justice” because of her passion about how language affects how we understand issues of justice. She is part of IU’s HOPE Mentoring program in which she mentors incarcerated juveniles at Pendleton’s detention facility, TEDx Indiana University, and PACE.


Complementing the Professional Learning Community (PLC): Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Practices for Community-Based Organizations

Rafi-Khalid Hasan II  |  Experiential, Discussion-based, Practical/skill-based 

In this session, participants will receive a basic introduction to the four guiding questions of the Professional Learning Community (PLC) process. We will discuss how PLC constitutes as culturally responsive and sustaining practices through the tiered levels of support and the importance of community-based organizations (that engage youth attending K-12 schools in after-school programming, or extracurricular activities) designing programs, and activities for youth can complement the PLC process.

Participants in this session:

• Receive an introduction to the four (4) corollary questions of PLC model as a way to engage students in learning.
• Identify the community partner’s role as a potentially powerful ally in developing programs that support school’s learning standards and thereby promotes student’s academic engagement.
• Work collaboratively with schools and parents/caregivers to build youth confidence toward academic excellence.

Rafi’s knowledge is supported by over 15 years of research and scholarship in Black Studies but also, his professional and lived-experiences. He is currently the Equity and Inclusion Coordinator for the Monroe County Community School Corporation. Before that, Mr. Hasan worked with the diverse communities for the City of Bloomington as the Safe and Civil City Program Director. He has had previous experience working with community-based organizations and agencies that have served kids for nearly 20 years which has included, post-secondary educational support and preparation, career exploration, behavioral health, child services, and corrections. He has undergraduate degrees in Political Science, Sociology, and African American Studies. His graduate research focused on the African Diaspora history and the impact of race, class, gender, and religion in the post-industrial spaces. His graduate thesis focused on the Black Liberation Theology of Elijah Muhammad.


It Takes a Village: Birth and Postpartum Care for Everyone


Maternal Advocates Resource Alliance |  Discussion-based, Practical/skill-based 

Everyone needs support, and everyone can provide support. We all have an investment in our babies; they are our future. But we also all have a role to play in helping families get off to a good start. This session is designed to inform about the needs of new parents, to outline the importance of culturally appropriate care, and to de-mystify what it takes to provide that care. Pregnancy, birth, and postpartum – we are tackling a lot, but these are all things that matter for our community on a daily basis. The presenters are all from Maternal Advocates Resource Alliance (MARA). During the session they will help participants understand what perinatal support is, why it is needed, why it should be accessible to all, and how it can be culturally informed. Participants will have a chance to work through scenarios that will challenge and inform on the issues new parents face as they go through the perinatal period. Participants will leave with a community resource list and potential actions that they can take at the local and state level. 

Maternal Advocates Resource Alliance (MARA) is a recently formed group that arose in response to the high maternal mortality rate in Indiana. Our mission is to improve maternal health. We do this through advocacy at the policy level and by working to increase direct support services for new parents. Our vision is a world where all new parents have the resources they need to make the best decisions for themselves and their infants. We support moms throughout the perinatal period so that they are empowered to make choices in their best interests, that their voices are heard, and that they are supported socially, emotionally, and physically – before, during, and after childbirth.  


Creating a Geography of Opportunity: Connecting the Dots Among Neighborhoods, School, and Housing to Increase Equity 

Christy Wessel Powell  |  Discussion-based, Lecture 

School equity and zip codes are intimately connected. This workshop, led by educational equity researchers, the Bloomington Housing Authority, and nonprofit South Central Indiana Housing Opportunities, will paint a picture of this issue in Bloomington, from broad to personal, then, organize next steps to address local inequities in housing and educational access.

Research shows that children from low-income households who grow up in “high-opportunity” neighborhoods are more likely to go to college and have higher average earnings. Yet, families with Housing Choice Vouchers often live in areas of concentrated poverty. How can we create a better “geography of opportunity” with better equity options for low-income families?

New GIS mapping technology allows us to see the overlay of housing options/pricing, with school zones. Perhaps unsurprisingly, schools with higher income populations are situated in higher priced neighborhoods, and vice versa. But look more deeply: knocking door-to-door to interview parents in those neighborhoods tells a more complex story of families’ experiences with housing and school. Based on research conducted in summer 2019, using a mix of maps and porch interviews with 40 residents around Fairview Elementary, we found specific assets and concerns for action. We will present specific conditions in Bloomington we found that affect the school/housing/community relationship and ultimately impact children on a daily basis in neighborhoods around Fairview Elementary: walkability/access to resources, childcare before/after school, urban development/vouchers/rentals/home ownership, and family support via relationships at school, among others.

This workshop has four parts, with a focus on engagement:

  1. Map out the context by presenting recent local research on equity (10 min).
  2. Listen to stories from anonymized residents that illustrate key conditions (10 min).
  3. Network toward solutions using a discussion protocol to gather attendee input and focus it toward action (40 min).
  4. Connect actions with concrete next steps among attendees and identified stakeholders (10 min). 

Christy Wessel Powell is an Assistant Professor of Education at Purdue University; her research team- Gina Weir, Alex Panos, and Casey Pennington- was awarded a grant to study the connection between neighborhoods and school equity using a geographical lens during the summer of 2019. Amber Skoby is Executive Director of the Bloomington Housing Authority, and Deborah Myerson is Executive Director of South Central Indiana Housing Opportunities.


Trauma-Informed Support For College Readiness and Admissions

Nichelle Whitney  |  Experiential, Discussion-based, Practical/skill-based 

College admissions processes are becoming increasingly complex and challenging in the United States. In order to preserve the integrity of the process and create opportunities of access to all students, Indiana University uses holistic applicant review processes. Included in this process is an opportunity for students to submit an application essay, which among other prompts, invites students to share extenuating circumstances that they may have faced on their academic journey. As we continue to see an increase in adverse childhood experiences (ACES), institutions are actively exploring ways in which they provide support services and access opportunities to students.

This workshop will explore ways that social service agencies and secondary institutions can implement trauma-informed support for college readiness and admissions. We’ll look at resources available from national governing bodies, as well as share practical tips for essay writing for university admissions. 

Nichelle Whitney is the Senior Assistant Director for the Indiana University Office of Admissions. With an expertise in diversity education and leadership development, Nichelle also serves as the Chair of the Monroe County Women’s Commission. 


Understanding and Adapting to Intersectionality

Dominic Hephner & Selena Schraven  |  Discussion-based, Panel

You are moving to a new country and trying to decide where to go.  You make a list of all the factors to consider when searching. The list is as follows; your race, gender, marital status, economic class, political ideologies, sexual preferences, religious affiliation, education achieved, and criminal history to name a few. Depending on your answers, the world may have just got a lot smaller.  The convergence of all facets of your identity is the bases of intersectionality. Our children and students are also confronted by intersectionality as they develop their identities. This workshop aims to explore the concept of intersectionality and to work together to address how we can better equip our community to accommodate every identity within.

Dominic Hephner is a 23-year-old native to rural western Kentucky.  He graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in American Studies. He was trained in the skill sets of a Cultural Anthropologist and a Historian. His degree focus was on Race and LGBTQIA+ relations in the deep south. He spent two years as an educator in high needs urban schools.  During this time, he received extensive training through classes, workshops, and PD sessions in DEI ( Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness) in the workplace and classroom. He currently lives in Bloomington Indiana and works as the Education Coordinator for the Monroe County Humane Association.

Selena Schraven is 23 years old and from Hammond Indiana. She graduated from Valparaiso University with a degree in Psychology, Humanities, and Social work.  Her thesis work was on the intersection of ideologies dealing with human dignity and the treatment of marginalized groups. She currently teaches Psychology, Painting, and Mathematics at Indianapolis Metropolitan High School while also pursuing a Masters from Marian University in Secondary Education.


Power-With: Relational Skills in Schools

Amy Makice  |  Experiential 

Using Relational-Cultural Theory as the backdrop, we have created an experiential group adaptable for students in third through eighth grade. In this session, we will share the outline of this group as well as facilitate a few of the activities used in the group. The specific activities presented in the workshop will be from our power-with and identifying barriers lessons.

As both an informational and experiential group, we facilitate discussion on provided topics including the neuroscience of connection, identifying and maintaining healthy relationships, resolving conflict and disconnection, and pushing back against cultural barriers to mutuality. Because of the experiential nature of the group, the participants will naturally experience much of what we are discussing in the context of the group, providing practice and deeper understanding.

Special assistance in facilitating the activities will be provided by fifth grade graduates of our group from Templeton. 

Amy Makice is a licensed psychotherapist based in Bloomington, Indiana. Her training includes advanced training in Relational-Cultural Theory, Playful Parenting with Lawrence Cohen, Collaborative Problem Solving, and trauma-responsive care.

Throughout Amy’s professional history, social justice has been central to her practice, providing mental health services to individuals, families, and couples. She began working with adults living with AIDS in the early 1990s, and continued to mix advocacy and clinical practice through her career. In 2017, she founded the Bloomington Center for Connection, a relational center focused on activating love and connection to dismantle inequity and isolation. Guided by Relational Cultural Theory, the BCC’s mission is to build community and growth through courageous connection.

At the BCC, Amy provides mental health services, clinical supervision, and facilitates experiential workshops and groups to foster creative work towards mutual empathy, encourage listening across difference, and deepen our community relational confidence. 


Dehumanization, Vulnerability, Inequality: A Look at Child Sexual Exploitation and How It Hurts Our Communities 

Lauren Baney  |  Discussion-based, Lecture

The sexual exploitation of children is proliferating across our nation and affecting families, schools and communities at epidemic rates. Sexual exploitation includes a wide-range of abuse and dehumanization, including sexual objectification, solicitation, violence, pornography, prostitution, trafficking, and more. Despite the illegality of these actions, the boundaries of what is considered acceptable in American society continues to soften, placing children’s personal development and well-being in significant jeopardy before they have a fighting chance to take ownership of their own sexuality and person. Participants will be asked to consider the various manifestations of exploitation within the culture and then participate in discussion of proactive prevention methods that honor and protect the child’s natural development.

Lauren Baney holds a Master’s in Public Health from Indiana University concentrating in Behavioral, Community, and Social Health. Her focused topic in her Master’s program was on sexual violence. During her time in school she co-published articles on mental health in Indiana and social media safety for adolescents. In 2013, she founded the organization A Better Tomorrow in Central Indiana, which raises awareness and educates on human trafficking. The last two years she has attended the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Global Summit held in Washington DC, where she has learned from and networked with leaders fighting against this form of exploitation. Lauren currently serves as the Clinical Case Manager at Youth Services Bureau of Monroe County. Lauren has worked with youth and students in many different capacities, including  camp counselor, substitute teacher, and college youth mentor.


The Power of Equity & Inclusion in Service Delivery: A Panel Shares Their Stories

Linda Patton, moderator  |  Panel discussion 

Participants in South Central Community Action Program’s Thriving Connections Initiative (TC) share their personal stories of how the community building model of TC empowers them to move out of poverty. In our society, programs that support people who live in poverty rarely offer them an equal voice in the decision making process. Not only does TC empower people who live in poverty, it provides an opportunity for connection with people who are very diverse in terms of age, race, religion, politics and world experience and strives to create a safe space for hearing new information and practicing new skills. Attendees will hear how all participants, particularly those who are marginalized, lives are changed by being in a supportive community where their voice is not only heard but is used to change agency practice. TC changes how everyone, including those who are not impoverished, think about poverty. Come hear about the amazing ups and downs of the journey and ask questions of the participants.

Linda Patton holds a Master’s degree in Human Development & Family Studies and teaches life span development at Indiana University. Her work has led to her interest in the effects of emotional trauma, particularly for those without enough resources. For the last eleven years Linda has coordinated a community building model for the South Central Community Action Program which pairs volunteers who have stability with people who have low resources and are highly motivated to get out of poverty. The panel will include several long time participants who have made great strides in moving out of poverty as they educate the community about the challenges and barriers they face. 


Making the Connection Between Social and Emotional Learning and Education Equity

Amy Morwick  |  Discussion-based, Lecture, Practical/skill-based

The topic of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) has recently been at the forefront of school safety and reform initiatives. Teachers report, and growing research supports, that social and emotional learning benefits students academically; strengthens school climate; improves behavior; and prepares our youth to be college, career, and life ready. With this increased conversation, it is essential that we raise our awareness and make the connection of SEL to equity practices in education. In this interactive session we will explore the natural interrelationship between SEL and cultural responsiveness. The discussion will cover the following themes:

  • Social and Emotional Learning and Education Equity defined
  • MCCSCs Lilly SEL Grant Initiative: an overview
  • Questions for inquiry: an introspective look at equity and SEL in our community
  • Equity elaborations as they relate to CASELs core competencies
  • Culturally Relevant Education (CRE): how to integrate Equity, SEL, and academic instruction
  • Explore MCCSCs universal SEL curriculum through a culturally responsive lens
  • Looking ahead to transformative SEL

Amy Morwick is the Social and Emotional (SEL) Coordinator for Monroe County Community School Corporation (MCCSC). Prior to this role, Amy served within MCCSC as the Counselor and Career Information Support Specialist at Hoosier Hills Career Center for several years. During that time, she earned her administrative license which she then utilized to gain invaluable experience as the Interim Assistant Principal at Summit Elementary in 2017. Amy holds two Master’s Degrees from Indiana University; one in Counseling and the other in Educational Leadership. Her background also includes being the Conference Coordinator for Solution Tree’s Professional Learning Communities. She currently oversees and coordinates SEL implementation through a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) model for 14 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, 4 high schools, and one career center. She is excited and inspired to work with all of our educators corporation-wide to launch this SEL Initiative that is being made possible through The Lilly Endowment, Inc.


Gardening & Good Employment: Equitable Practices for Teen Employment

MaeLynn White, Tabitha Farmer and Jada Villalobos  |  Discussion-based, Experiential, Practical/skill-based

Transportation, time management, to do lists – oh my! Join the first cohort of Garden Corps members as they share about their experience in the Garden Corps internship and how places of employment can equitably meet the needs of teens seeking meaningful work. Garden Corps is a full-season paid internship hosted by Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard and Youth Services Bureau, focused on developing supportive networks and practicing problem-solving skills for teens facing barriers to employment. Workshop participants will get to hear directly from Garden Corps members and staff, work in small groups to consider how youth engage with their organization, and engage in an interactive activity on equitable employment practices.

MaeLynn White, Tabitha Farmer, and Jada Villalobos are members of the first Hub Garden Corps cohort, which began in April 2019. In their tenure with Garden Corps, the teens have learned to grow their own garden plots, help with the community garden workdates, vend at the monthly Hub Farm Stand, and more. 


Ask Us: A Conversation About Microaggressions

Shatoyia Moss |  Discussion-based, Panel

“Ask Us” is a workshop that will examine microaggressions. It will make space for and allow community members to ask ordinarily taboo and awkward questions to our panel of women, representing different intersectionalities.

Shatoyia Moss attended Indiana University as an undergrad and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in the School of Informatics, Computing, & Engineering. Shatoyia was recently named the Safe and Civil City Director in the City of Bloomington Community and Family Resources Department (CFRD) and is also the youngest person to serve in this position. Her continued engagement with the community can be seen in her former involvement of Indiana Kids, a mentoring and tutoring program at Indiana University, and as the Community Events and Athletic Director of Girls, Inc. She is one of two vice presidents, webmaster, chair of scholarship and youth initiatives for the Bloomington Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.