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In this first part of Rural SA work, we will be discussing together a key component of rural services which is sustainability. In this discussion format we will cover key elements that address realities of rural programs or what their makeup can look like and what barriers exist necessarily, geographically, based in capacity; realities. After this grounding, we will discuss training and orientation of staff; who is conducting training, what is covered, what foundations are laid and how this is helpful to the agency and to survivors. We will, together, share in what is being done and how we can creatively approach ways to effectively address sustainability through orientation and training.

Leah is originally from Eastern Iowa and earned a bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies and Studio Art from Cornell College. She has been involved in the anti-violence movement since 2010 working for several centers across Iowa as an advocate and prevention educator. At the Resource Sharing Project, she provides training and technical assistance to state coalitions and rural dual-service programs across the country on issues related to creating sustainable sexual assault services.

Gina joined CCASA in October 2018 as the Rural and Indigenous Communities Specialist within the Programs department providing training and technical assistance. She is a member of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe in Towaoc, Colorado and had been the Program Coordinator and victim advocate for the Tribe’s first-ever tribal comprehensive victim services from late 2015 to 2018. With experience as a tribal victim services advocate and supervisor of prevention programs for domestic violence, sexual assault and suicide on the reservation. She is also the co-facilitator of NAUHZCASA (Navajo, Apache, Ute, Hopi, Zuni Coalition Against Sexual Assault) that provides for resources, information and support for providers and responders in the 5 Nations of the southwest. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice/Criminology from Metro State University and enjoys being cared for by her amazing dogs Igsy and Olly.

 

*Please note this is the first part of a 2-part series. You do not need to attend part 2, but it is highly encouraged. If you cannot attend part 2, check out the recording on our YouTube channel beginning April 23rd, 2021.

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