Restoring Our Roots: Cultivating Community. Fostering Innovation. Nourishing Relationships. Restoring our roots takes time. Any arborist would agree. Last year was a testament to the gradual, continual process of restoration. We did some digging, tested the soil, planted some seeds, and did some necessary pruning. We need these trees to be free of the weeds that have hindered their growth for years. To be restored in the roots of accountability, restorative and transformative justice, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in order for it to bloom! Last year, we all had to quickly change course to respond to a global crisis unseen in 100 years. Our colleague, Olivia Montgomery, and her partner in leadership, Timiza Wash, strategized together ways to stay connected during this time of a virtual world. From there blossomed our Cultivating Conversations in Crisis series, which still continues today. This year, we are dedicating ourselves to continuing that cultivation beyond the pandemic and into our work.
Part Two of our annual conference will be held August 10th-13th and will be filled with workshops and the Central Ohio Regional SART (Sexual Assault Response Team) Training! We're so excited for this follow-up to the June portion of our conference, and we're thankful to still be able to offer our conference in a virtual format. We know that the sexual assault prevention practitioner and advocate community looks forward to, and truly relies on, this cornerstone event every year. We want to provide this learning experience and also ensure your health and well being by complying with CDC and Ohio Department of Health guidelines.