Past Policy Connection Events

Bullying, Hate Crimes, and Xenophobia Seminar

Date: Saturday, October 22, 2011

Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Location: The Ladd Room, Wheelock College, 43 Hawes Street Brookline, MA

A one day seminar directed towards professionals in the field of youth leadership development and mental health, with a focus on best practices for preparing young people to appropriately respond  to incidents of bullying, hate crimes and/or xenophobia.

Sponsored by: South Africa Partners, Wheelock College, and Shikaya


The MA Anti-Bullying Law: A Year Later

Date: Monday, April 25th

Time: 1:30pm - 3:00pm

A legislative briefing examining the effects of the Anti-bullying legislation in Massachusetts.  Guest panelists to speak on the Anti-Bullying legislation - its challenges and its impact to school, police and community.

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Legislative Informational Series - Spring 2011

Time: 9:00am - 11:30am

Location: State House, Room 1 Nurses Hall

A series of four legislative informational sessions on policy topics of interest to the issues that impact children and families in the commonwealth.

Tuesday, February 15th: The Value of the Arts in the lives of Children, Families and Society.

Click here for Session Flyer

Wednesday, March 16th: Early Childhood Education and Care: Where are We?

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Monday, March 21st: Why Youth Sports & Physical Activity are Important for Communities.

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Monday, March 28th: Youth Speak on Education and Community.

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Click here for a flyer on the entire series

Contact Lisa Rios for more information


Winter Policy Talks - Spring 2011

Time: 4:00 - 6:30pm

Location: Wheelock College Rm 104 Ladd Room

43 Hawes St. Brookline, MA 02446 (Near the C line Hawes St. and the D line Longwood T-stop)

Sixth-annual Wheelock College Winter Policy Talks are three dialogues examining relevant and controversial issues in society today.


Monday, February 28th: Working Toward Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Equality.


Dr. Norman Spack: Internationally known specialist in treatment for intersexed and transgender youth, Senior Associate in the Endocrine Division and co-founder of the Gender Management Service clinic at Children's Hospital, Boston.

Grace Sterling Stowell: Executive Director of the Boston Alliance of Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Youth (BAGLY).

Gunner Scott: A founding member and Executive Director of Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition.

Emmy Howe: One of the original authors of the Welcoming Schools Guide, an LGBT-inclusive approach to addressing family diversity, gender stereotyping and bullying and name-calling in K-5 learning environments and director of the CampOUT, a farm camp for children from LGBTQ families and the Open View Farm Educational Center in Conway, MA.


Tuesday, March 15th: Understanding and Preventing Bullying and Youth Violence.


Nan Stein, PhD senior research scientist, Center for Research on Women at Wellesley College; co-director National Violence Against Women Project.

Click here to read Dr. Stein's 2003 article in Arizona Law Review titled "Bullying or Sexual Harassment? The Missing Discourse of Rights in an Era of Zero Tolerance."

Hon. John W. Scibak, PhD, Massachusetts State Representative, Second Hampshire County.

Linda Lipkin, Assistant Principal, Social Justice Academy

Betsy McAlister Groves, LICSW, director, Child Witness to Violence Program, Boston Medical Center


Wednesday, March 30th: Stopping the Pimps, Stopping the Johns: Ending the Demand for Sex Trafficking. 


Donna Gavin: Commander of the Boston Policy Human Trafficking Unit and the Massachusetts Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking- Sergeant Detective of the Boston Police Department.

Cherie Jimenez: Used her own experiences in the sex trade to create a Boston area program for women.

Norma Ramos: Executive Director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women.

Gail Dines: Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies and Chair of the American Studies Department.

Click here for the Event Flyer.

Contact Jennifer Corcoran or Irwin Nesoff for more information


Film Viewing and Discussion


Time: 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, March 22nd

Location: CCSR 103

See the controversial film "Waiting for Superman" and join a discussion about the film and the public education system afterward. Admission is free and popcorn will be served.

This event is sponsored by the Office of Government and External Affairs, the School of Arts and Science, and the School of Education, Social Work, Child Life & Family Studies.

Policy Connection Events Archives

"The Multilingual Mind"

Date and Time: Friday, February 4th from 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Location: Wheelock College - 43 Hawes St. Brookline, MA 02446

Speaker Calvin Gidney Ph.D. associate professor at Tufts University - Child Development Department will present "The Multilingual Mind"

Sponsored by: The Multilingual Action Council @ Wheelock College

Dr. Gidney's Faculty page

Click here for the Event Flyer

Please RSVP to: or call (617) 879-2370


4th Annual Youth Community Leadership Summit

Date and Time: Friday, January 28th from 8:00am - 2:00pm

Location: Wheelock College

The 4th Annual Youth Community Leadership Summit brings together youth from across the city of Boston. Together they will explore topics such as mentorship and community service. As students identify issues of importance within these topics they work together to build a network of support among fellow students that are working towards youth led positive community action.

Sponsored by: SPARK the Truth and Wheelock College's Office of Pre-Collegiate and College Access Programs and the Juvenile Justice and Youth Advocacy (JJYA) Program.

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