UMass Dartmouth is hosting a symposium today and tomorrow focusing on the unique pressures and issues that girls face in the 21st century. The event, entitled "Girls in the Social Margins, Girls in Conflict with the Law," will include lectures by leading policy and academic authorities on the issues, including Commissioner Jane E. Tewksbury, Massachusetts Department of Youth Services.
"Broad social concern about girls--their upbringing, behaviors, values that affect their education and character development--should lead us to explore: What do we really expect of girls?," said Prof. Robin Robinson, who is organizing the event. "What messages do we give them? What can we do to help girls attain confidence, self-reliance, and real achievement? These are the question we will seek to answer."
The events are held at the Advanced Technology Manufacturing Center
in Fall River. The schedule is as follows:
Thursday, May 4
3:30 pm, Arrival and Reception
3:45 pm, Welcome and introduction
Robin A. Robinson, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, UMass Dartmouth
4:00 pm, Brenda Bouchard, Associate Professor of Medical Laboratory Sciences, UMass Dartmouth
"Girls' Needs, Women's Responses: Services to Girls and the Women's Union in Fall River"
4:45 pm, Laura Prescott, Director of Female Services, Massachusetts Department of Youth Services
"Creating an Agenda of Girls' Issues Today"
6:15 pm, Welcome from Dean William Hogan, College of Arts and Sciences, UMass Dartmouth
6:30 PM, Meda Chesney-lind, Professor of Women's Studies, University of Hawaii
"Bad girls, mean girls, or just girls?"
7:30 PM, Cappella Clausura, Amelia Leclair, Director
"Forbidden women's music"
Friday, May 5
8:15 am, Welcome and Introductions
Robin A. Robinson, Assistant professor, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, UMass Dartmouth
8:30 am, Welcome from Dean William Hogan, College of Arts and Sciences, UMass Dartmouth
8:35 am, Sophia Simeon, student, UMass Dartmouth
"Peer counseling with girls and suicidality"
8:45 am, Robin Robinson, Concepts of attachment in theory and practice
9:00 am, Judith Ryder, assistant professor, St. John's University
"Girls, attachment, loss, and violence"
9:45 am, Robin Robinson
"Violence, sex, and yearning amongst girls: preliminary findings of a current DYS girls' study"
10:15 am, Marie Donabella Sauro, discussant
10:45 am, Deborah Rozelle, clinical psychologist
"Vicarious traumatization in theory and practice: implications in treatment and service delivery"
12:45 pm , Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack, UMass Dartmouth
1:00 pm, Keynote address: Commissioner Jane E. Tewksbury, Massachusetts Department of Youth Services
1:45 pm, Meda Chesney-lind, Professor of Women's Studies, University of Hawaii
"Girls, juvenile justice, and gender-responsive programming: supporting girls in the community"
2:30 pm, Laura Prescott, Director of Female Services, Massachusetts Department of Youth Services
"Supportive services for girls in the community: defining the contexts, envisioning responses"
4:00 pm, Discussion and Wrap-up