This Prevention Through Liberation webinar will provide an opportunity for attendees to explore the intersection of systemic oppression and sexual and domestic violence in our communities. Coalition staff will share principles of anti-oppression as primary prevention. We will focus on creating prevention projects, strategies, and practices centered in Oregon’s historically marginalized communities and focused on community resilience.
Vanessa Timmons, OCADSV Executive Director
Vanessa Timmons has been a writer, activist, and women’s health advocate for over 25 years. She attended Marylhurst University’s Multidisciplinary Studies Program in Portland, Oregon, and has continued her formal education through certificates and training, including the Interpersonal Neurobiology of Trauma Certification Program at Portland State University. Vanessa has served as the Director of Programs at Raphael House of Portland, a Northwest regional field organizer for the National Organization for Women, and the domestic violence program coordinator for the Multnomah County Domestic Violence Coordination Office, in addition to serving OCADSV in the past as the Women of Color Coordinator and Board Chair.
Choya Adkison-Stevens, OCADSV Equity and Inclusion Coordinator
Choya brings 20 years experience working with people from marginalized communities. Her experiences witnessing systemic inequities inspire her commitment to anti-oppression work; her passion manifests in education, organizing and advocacy toward bold goals of social change. She has a BA in American Studies and Family Studies from Marlboro College, and has facilitated social change education for nonprofit organizations, state employees and the broader community. Choya has served on the Boards of Directors for Sisters Of The Road and Speaking Out Against Sibling Sexual Abuse, and is a founding member of Showing Up for Racial Justice Portland (SURJ PDX). When she’s not working or activisting, look for Choya in her garden.