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July 28 - 30, 2021

The deadline to register for this event is July 16th.
10 Continued Education Hours will be offered for attending this summit

Click here for the agenda

This Year's Theme

A Celebration of Resilience:

Honoring the Past, Treasuring the Present, Shaping the Future

This year’s theme for the 2021 Communities of Color Anti-Violence Summit is “A Celebration of Resilience.” As difficult as it is to fully encapsulate what we and our communities have experienced since we last came together in 2019, recognizing and celebrating our resilience is crucial!

To do so, we must Honor the Past by recognizing those who paved the way to center the needs of our communities while carving out our own spaces in this movement. We draw strength, wisdom, and courage by paying tribute to those before us to continue the evolution of the anti-violence movement.

We Treasure the Present by celebrating our accomplishments because it’s easy to forget how far we’ve come when it feels like there is so much left to do. It’s imperative for us to stop and admire the journey that brought us here so that we can continue to envision our future.

The purpose of this summit is to strategize solutions, share knowledge, and create a network of empowerment. Our collective efforts help Shape the Future of our communities and the lives of survivors.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the 2021 Communities of Color Anti-Violence Summit?


The 2021 Communities of Color Anti-Violence Summit is an opportunity for Iowa based anti-violence advocates to come together to share information, resources, and knowledge. This will be a convenient space for individuals and organizations to network while participating in culturally specific workshops presented by those who work in marginalized communities.


Advocates and direct service providers in mainstream organizations are sometimes unable to emphasize the importance of culturally specific support and services. Attending this summit will provide a space for those individuals to discuss challenges, strategize, and connect while empowering one another.


Will this summit be in-person or Virtual?


To ensure the safety of all participants, this year's summit will be held virtually using the Attendify platform. We hope to return to in-person for future summits.

Check out photos from the 2019 Communities of Color Summit!

Why is there a need for this gathering?

Advocates and direct service providers of color alike face insurmountable challenges both personally and professionally.

Unlike allies in mainstream organizations, cultural needs go unnoticed or are dismissed. There are issues of systemic, structural, institutional racism, phobias, and traumas that only people of color relate to. Gatherings such as this assist in identifying challenges, administer space for resolution, provide affirming language and empower individuals to present and or implement policies that will create positive change to better our services for survivors of color.


Who is the target audience?


The intended audiences are advocates and direct service providers who identify as individuals of color.


Who is Hosting this Event?


The 2021 Communities of Color Anti-Violence Summit is hosted by the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault (IowaCASA) with approval and funding provided by the Crime Victims Assistance Division of the Iowa Attorneys General Office (CVAD).


How Much Does it Cost?


There is NO cost to attend. However, space is limited and registration is on a “first-come, first-serve” basis. Click here to register.


When is it?


This event will be held on Wednesday, July 28th through Friday, July 30th of 2021. Click here to register.


Wednesday, July 28

9:00am - 9:45am

Pre-Event Q&A

10:00am - 10:15am


10:15am - 12:00pm

Awards Ceremony

Survivor Keynote: Empowering Her Empower Me

Courageous Fire

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Lunch with DJ Viv!

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Women of Color in Leadership


Breanne Ward, Sonia Reyes, Claudia Rivera, Abigail Sui, Christine Her

2:15pm - 3:15pm

Celebration of Bodies

Movement Session

Olivia Samples

Thursday, July 29

7:30am - 8:30am

Pre-Event Q&A

8:30am - 9:00am

Welcome, Opening Plenary

Spoken Word

9:00am - 10:00am

Keynote: Intersectionality & Hidden Identity: Illuminating the Struggles & Resilience of the Most Marginalized of Us

Buffy Jamison

10:15 - 11:45am

Breakout Sessions


Adolescents in Trauma: Cultivating Healthy Youth

Anasia Sturdivant

In-Between Spaces

Katryn Duarte

Immigration 101

Sonia Parras-Konrad

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Lunch Break

1:15pm - 2:45pm

Breakout Sessions


The Power of Our Story: Strength of immigrant families despite legal violence

Dr. Maria Corona


Bias in Foster Care Placement: Who fosters and who doesn’t

Carrington Buze


Mental Health in the African Community

Barwaqo Aden

Farah Jorgensen

3:00pm - 4:30pm

Breakout Sessions

Homicide Other Violent Crimes Advocacy...This is What We Do!

Tee LeShoure

CrisCynthia Drake


The Silo of Victim Services: Redefining the Scope of Work

Shundrea Trotty


Working with Immigrant and Refugee Survivors of Gender-Based Violence

Soe Moe

Nikeya Paw

Friday, July 30

9:30am - 10:15am

Opening Raffle

10:30am - 12:00pm

Breakout Sessions


Implicit Bias & Hidden Identity: Illuminating the Prejudice We Hold Within

Buffy Jamison


Immigration 201

Sonia Parras-Konrad

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Lunch Break

1:00pm - 2:30pm 

Breakout Sessions

Social Justice, Equity and Becoming Change Agents

Shalisa Gladney


Campus Sexual Assault: Assisting Asian & Pacific Islander Survivors in the Age of Technology

Binh Nguyen


ArtFul Connections with ArtForce Iowa

Christine Her

Yvette Zaród Hermann

2:45pm - 3:45pm 

Keynote: Why We Protest: Anti-Imperialism Across Borders

Chelsea Chism-Vargas

3:45pm - 4:00pm


Agenda - COC
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