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12th Annual Violence Prevention Seminar

The Violence Prevention Awareness Seminar is a professional development conference that promotes relevant topics to prevent community violence through gang intervention and strategies that serve serve trauma impacted families and communities.

Date: Thursday, November 2, 2023
Time: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Finley Community Center, 2060 W. College Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA

Registration for this event is now closed. Please check back later for information about next year's seminar.

Thank you to our generous sponsors for your support of this event! 

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Featuring keynote speaker Luis J. Rodriguez

The Violence Prevention Partnership is excited to welcome Luis J. Rodriguez, as this year's seminar keynote speaker. Mr. Rodriguez is a Chicano poet and author of Always Running, La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A. and It Calls You Back: An Odyssey of Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing. He is also the former Los Angeles Poet Laureate and one of the founders of Tia Chucha Press and Tia Chucha's Cafe & Centro Cultural. READ MORE

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Previous Seminar Keynote Speakers

  • 2019 - Elizabeth Vermilyea, Ph.D.: Managing Trauma to Build a Resilient Community
  • 2018 - Sam Himelstein, Ph.D.: Building Authentic Relationships for Resilient Communities
  • 2017 - Kimberly Papillon: The Science Behind Resiliency 
  • 2016 - K'Rahn Vallantine: Confronting the Impact of Community Trauma
  • 2015 - Jerry Tello: Gang Related Trauma, Prevention and Healing
  • 2014 - Richard Santana, Ed.M.: Homeboy Goes to Harvard

Other Educational Opportunities

2021- Tipping the Scale: Deconstructing Race and Racism with Dr. Sharon Washington

As part of the City of Santa Rosa’s annual Violence Prevention Awareness Series, this three-hour virtual seminar explored the historical and social context of institutional racism, unconscious bias & racial micro-aggressions, as well as the development of social awareness and mindfulness for participants.  The seminar recording can also be found on Facebook and Instagram: @santarosapartnership 

Dr. Washington utilized these documents during her presentation: 

Social Identity Profile - PDF 

Social Identity Profile- WORD

After viewing the recording, please take a moment to complete the survey  in order to best inform The Partnership's of future conversations and presentations. 

For questions, please email [email protected].