Monday, May 10, 2021

Webinar: School Policies and Practices for Violence Prevention






TUESDAY MAY 11TH, 2021 | 12 - 1 PM MT / 2-3 PM ET




Youth identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual (LGB) and transgender/gender non-conforming (TGNC) are at higher risk for sexual violence victimization than their straight and cisgender counterparts. School policies and practices may positively influence school climate and mitigate this risk. Dr. Cruz’s presentation will focus on the results of an analysis of School Health Profiles and NM Youth Risk and Resiliency survey data to determine the association between four school policies and practices and sexual violence.  Dr. Lohmiller will speak to the implementation framework used by Educational Access Group as a mechanism for supporting programming in schools and garnering educator buy-in. She will also briefly discuss the foundational nature of brain-based, trauma-informed approaches targeting violence, social-emotional learning, restorative justice and other initiatives addressing the causes and manifestations of toxic stress in the educational setting. 


Theresa Cruz, PhD

Deputy Director, UNM Prevention Research Center


Theresa H. Cruz, PhD, is a research associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of New Mexico, and serves as Deputy Director of the UNM Prevention Research Center.  Her expertise includes community-engaged research for the primary prevention of injury and violence. Her current work includes studying prevention strategies at multiple levels of the social ecology and their effects on sexual violence. She is dedicated to reducing inequities among marginalized communities including Hispanic, Native American, rural and LGBTQ populations. Dr. Cruz is also serving on the Board of the Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR) as Immediate Past President. She completed her doctoral studies in epidemiology at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. 



Katie Lohmiller, DrPH

Director of Programming & Evaluation, Educational Access Group


Dr. Lohmiller is the co-founder and Director of Programming and Evaluation at Educational Access Group. She supports educators, schools and districts in sustainably integrating trauma-informed approaches into their practices and systems. She completed her MPH and DrPH at the Colorado School of Public Health and is a trainer in both the Neurosequential Model of Education and Neurosequential Model of Sport. Her areas of interest are community and behavioral health and evaluation with a focus on adverse childhood experiences, trauma-informed approaches, youth development and training and professional development for educators.


This webinar is cosponsored by the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado Boulder.