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The Forum (Spring 2018)

The Forum: A Conversation on Girls in the #MeToo Era

The Forum at Dana Hall School is a symposium series designed to examine a topic of particular relevance to girls and girls education. In May, the School hosted a group of experts for a panel discussion about ongoing societal concerns regarding the prevalence of sexual assault and harassment and the significant awareness that is being raised throughout our culture as a result.
The momentum of the #MeToo era has raised several questions for parents and educators. How can we use this moment to educate and empower the girls and young women we support?  What lessons can we teach in the age of #MeToo? How can we empower girls to learn from those who are using this time as a moment of awareness, evolution and revolution?
On May 3, 2018, panelists provided developmentally-appropriate and practical strategies for parents and educators seeking to support girls and start thoughtful discourse in this complex climate.

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Mary Beth Medvide, Ph.D.

Mary Beth Medvide, Ph.D. is currently a visiting assistant professor in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College where she teaches courses on child and adolescent development, psychopathology, and research methodology. Medvide is also a licensed psychologist and works at Child Therapy Boston in Westborough, Mass. She conducts psychotherapy with children, adolescents and families.

Jen Slonaker, MSW

Jen Slonaker, MSW is the Vice President of Education and Organizational Development at Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts. In this role she oversees the delivery of high-quality, comprehensive sex education and information to 10,000 parents, youth and professionals across Massachusetts annually, as well as the Organizational Development program for the organization. Slonaker is an experienced professional trainer on topics of sexual health and management. Her work with adolescents includes sexual health education, support for pregnant and parenting teens, substance use and violence prevention in schools, support for LGBTQ youth, peer education, and management of multiple afterschool programs, including support groups for young girls.

Linda M. Williams, Ph.D.

Linda M. Williams, Ph.D., is a senior research scientist and co-director of the Justice and Gender-Based Violence Research Initiative at the Wellesley Centers for Women. The focus of her current work is on justice system response to sexual violence, commercial sexual exploitation of women and children, human trafficking, intimate partner violence and child maltreatment. Author of many books and scholarly publications, Williams has lectured internationally on sexual violence, commercial sexual exploitation, trauma and memory, and researcher-practitioner collaborations.


Kristin Ryan

Kristin Ryan has been Dana Hall School’s Dean of Students since 2012, and a member of the Dana Hall community since 2000. She is the founder and director of Dana Hall’s Girls Summer Leadership Program, and oversees the School’s student leadership programming and support. In her role as Dean of Students, Ryan serves on Dana Hall’s Counseling Team, Health and Wellness Committee, Community and Equity Council and Administrative Team. She is a facilitator in Dana Hall’s Forum curriculum, which provides age-appropriate health and character education at all grade levels.

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