What Is Your Vision?
Last week I had the opportunity to attend the National Sexual Assault Conference in L.A. It’s not often that you get the chance to be surrounded by 1,400 colleagues/friends/fellow anti-sexual violence activists/advocates/preventionists. What a great way to spend the week, not to mention the fact that we got to soak up the glorious California sunshine.
But before the conference started, the NSVRC had the pleasure of hosting the pre-conference RPE Leadership Training for State Coalitions and Department of Health. I admit that I was a bit frazzled by the time the meeting began. I had worked with both external and internal planning teams for 8 months planning for the meeting and making sure all of the logistics were taken care of. Needless to say, I was exhausted. We began the meeting with table discussions. We asked participants to think about their vision of a world free from sexual violence. And we asked them to think about specific programs or activities their organization was working on to make this happen. Then we went one step further: each table was adorned with a mound of scissors, construction paper, glue, stickers and pipe cleaners. The goal for each table was to make a poster that would become part of our Prevention Quilt. This quilt would then serve as a visual reminder for us over the course of the 2 days we were together.
For the next thirty minutes, the room was alive with conversation – people getting to know one another, sharing their stories, and harnessing their inner “Martha Stewart” to create a collective poster for their table. What resulted was a beautiful display of posters with visions for peace, equality, and respect. As I looked at each poster, I was filled with a renewed energy. What a great way to start the week! I carried these images in my mind throughout the meeting and the conference that followed. Thank you to my fellow preventionists for sharing your vision of a world free of sexual violence. It is through our collective work that we can make that a vision a reality.
What is your vision? Share it with us by commenting below!