Amanda Watson

Closing Keynote
Sunday, November 13 2016
11:00AM to 12:00PM
Location: Imholte 109

“Histories of Violence, Futures of Balance: Indigenous Perspectives on Creating Change”

Amanda Watson is a kanaka maoli (Native Hawaiian) writer, activist, and advocate. They currently work with the Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition (MIWSAC) as a National Trainer and Facilitator. Their current work emphasizes using culturally specific strategies to support survivors and address sexual violence in Indigenous communities, along with developing Two Spirit and Native LGBTQ-specific resources for advocacy programs. They previously worked as a sexual assault advocate with university, county, and nation-wide advocacy organizations supporting survivors of sexual violence. Amanda also has experience training and facilitating on how sexual violence uniquely impacts Two Spirit and LGBTQ folks. Amanda previously worked in higher education as a student affairs practitioner within residence life and multicultural affairs, and has also written for Everyday Feminism.

MIWSAC Mission Statement Through unity we will strengthen our voices and build resources to create awareness and eliminate sexual violence against Indian women and children. We will vigorously apply our efforts toward influencing social change and reclaim our traditional values that honor the sovereignty of Indian women and children.

MIWSAC Vision Statement Creating Safety and Justice through the Teachings of Our GrandmothersTo find out more about MISWAC, visit their website:

http://www.miwsac.org/