Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen, in collaboration with Santa Clara University and all of the other major higher education institutions in the county, will host a symposium on campus sexual assault on November 18, 2016.
The conference is intended to raise national awareness about campus sexual assaults and to share solutions about how to protect students and survivors.
Special guest speakers include Harvard Law School sexual assault survivor Kamilah Willingham, activist Kevin Powell, Congresswoman Jackie Speier, and former CNN anchor Ashleigh Banfield.
The symposium will address such topics as the culture of rape and best campus safety measures. Ms. Willingham will tell her survivor’s story. Ms. Banfield will moderate a panel discussion with criminal justice and higher education stakeholders.
The prosecutor of the recent Brock Turner sexual assault case will read excerpts from the victim’s historic letter.
Registration is by invitation only. RSVP by November 3, 2016.
Check-in / Coffee & Bagels
Fr. Michael Engh, S.J.Santa Clara University President
Introduction of Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen
Jeff RosenDistrict Attorney - County of Santa Clara
Actress and activist Sharon Stone will read excerpts from Emily Doe's Letter
Remarks by Congresswoman Jackie Speier
Campus Sexual Assault MOU Presentation by DA Rosen
Kevin PowellWriter, Humanitarian & President of BK Nation
The Culture of Rape
Author and activist Kevin Powell will speak very personally about how he was socialized from boyhood on to view women and girls as separate and unequal to men and boys. He believes such socialization -- from school, mass media, culture, community and religious institutions – is why so many boys grow into men rooted in male privilege, sexism, and violence in various forms against women and girls. He will discuss the shared responsibility required to end such violence. Drawing from his own experiences and how it informs his community organizing and activism today, he directly engages the issue and problem of male privilege and the role it plays in leaving a humanitarian issue to the oppressed group.
Kamilah WillinghamWriter, Speaker, Activist for Gender Equality & Civil Rights
A Survivor's Story
Feminist writer, speaker, and activist, Kamilah Willingham will tell her story of surviving sexual assault while studying at Harvard Law School.
Terry HarmanAssistant District Attorney
Matthew DuncanAssociate Dean for Student Life, Deputy Title IX Officer - Santa Clara University
Blake BalajadiaDirector, Student Development & Activities, San José City College
Carley FlaneryDirector, The Office of Sexual Assault & Relationship Abuse Education & Response (SARA), Stanford University
Panel Discussion on Campus Safety Measures
Panelists from different universities and colleges will present the best education and prevention programs currently available to their students. The panel will highlight best practices, and give attendees an opportunity to evaluate how they can better serve their students.
Ashleigh BanfieldHost, HLN’s Primetime Justice with Ashleigh Banfield
Luis RamosSupervisor of Sexual Assault Unit, Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office
Belinda GuthrieEEO and Title IX Coordinator, Santa Clara University
Rosa RevueltaSenior Advocacy and Legal Programs Manager at YWCA Silicon Valley
Jerry RodriquezDetective Sergeant, Santa Clara Police Department
Panel: Hypothetical Case Analysis
What is the difference between a criminal investigation by a police agency and a Title IX investigation by the college or university? What facts and details are important to a prosecution? Is there a statute of limitations for a college/university complaint? Does it matter if there is a delayed report? Ms. Banfield will present a hypothetical scenario to our panelists, followed by questions, and changes to the hypothetical. The panelists’ answers will showcase the different options a victim of sexual assault may pursue and untangle the confusion that is often associated with investigations involving campus sexual assault.
Panel: Hypothetical Case Analysis, cont.
Closing Remarks by San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo
Quotes from our Contributing Partners
At this gathering and as a community, we are determined to speak out against campus sexual assault with one strong voice. We will make campuses even safer and sex assaults even fewer. We will hold rapists accountable and serve survivors with the utmost dignity and care.
Protecting our students from sexual assault is a top priority for every university in America today. We are pleased to host this important symposium. We welcome the top minds in law and academia to discuss best practices for keeping our students safe.
At Evergreen Valley College, our highest priority is for our students to be able to learn in a safe and secure environment that is conducive to the successful pursuit of their educational goals and opportunities. To this end, EVC fully supports increased awareness of sexual assaults and proactive prevention efforts. We commend the District Attorney and his staff for this important initiative.
Sexual violence on college campuses is unacceptable. Stanford is pleased to join the Santa Clara County District Attorney in bringing further attention to this wrenching issue. We welcome the county partnership in tackling sexual violence and assuring the safety of our students.
De Anza College is committed to educating students, faculty and staff on issues relatingto sexual assault and relationship violence. Certainly the presidential campaign hasserved to reinforce the urgent need to address these issues thoroughly and publicly.
Gavilan College is participating in this summit because we are committed to the safety and dignity of all of our students.
West Valley College supports the initiative taken by the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office related to the rights of victims of Campus Sexual Assault. One of our top priorities is student safety; in addition to preventing sexual assaults through safety education and policing, we support the effort to ensure that colleges, universities, and the criminal justice system will combine forces to seek justice for the victim, and to guarantee their rights and privacy.
Mission College is fully committed to providing a healthy and safe learning environment for all of our students, faculty, and staff. We commend and thank the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office for their leadership in bringing together this coalition of partners for this important initiative. We absolutely must work together to put an end to the violence and to put in place the proper safeguards and support systems which combat the conditions conducive to sexual assault.
Venue and Travel Information
Santa Clara University is located in the heart of Silicon Valley just 5 miles from the San Jose International Airport and about 35 miles south of the San Francisco International Airport. The campus is easily reachable from U.S. Highway 101, Interstate 880, and Interstate 280.
Symposium attendees may use the Main Parking Structure located at 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053. There will not be a parking fee at this venue. We encourage you to carpool with your team if possible. Registered attendees will receive a PDF parking permit by email, which should be printed in advance of the event. Guests with pre-printed permits do not need to stop at the Main entrance Kiosk and should proceed to the parking garage.
Disability Accommodations or Assistance
For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations please contact Elizabeth Simoni, Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, Phone: (408) 792-2708, email@example.com in advance of the symposium.
Media and Press Inquiries
For media and press inquiries and to register in advance of the symposium, please contact Sean Webby, Public Communications Officer for the Office of the District Attorney, Phone: (408) 792-2997, firstname.lastname@example.org
Symposium Work Group Members
Thank you to all members of the Symposium Work Group from San Jose State University, Stanford University, Santa Clara University, Foothill College, De Anza College, West Valley College, Mission College, Evergreen, San Jose City College, Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office, YWCA, and the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office.
- Chief Peter Decena, San Jose State University
- Chief Ken Tanaka, West Valley College/Mission College
- Chief Ron Levine and Assistant Chief Dan Acosta, Foothill College/DeAnza College
- Chief Laura Wilson, Stanford University
- Captain Frank Zacharisen, Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office
- Belinda Guthrie,Santa Clara University
- IKathleen Wong (Lau) and Natalie Brouwer Potts, San Jose State University
- Raniyah Johnson and Adela Swinson, Evergreen College
- Blake Balajadia, San Jose City College
- Lauren Schoenthaler, Kristen Kreple, Michele Dauber, and Stephanie Pham, Stanford University
- Victoria Hindes, West Valley Community College
- Terry Harman, Luis Ramos, and Alisha Schoen, Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office
- Rosa Revuelta and Adriana Caldera, YWCA of Silicon Valley
- Elisa Kuhl and Sylvia Mata, Victim Services Unit, Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office
For immediate in-person crisis assistance and counseling services, contact the YWCA 24-hour Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Crisis Line at (800) 572-2782.