Multicultural Gathering


The Multicultural Gathering has been an annual event since 2001. This one-day intensive training focuses on developing strategies for sexual violence prevention in underserved and underrepresented communities. Using a grassroots approach in the movement to end violence, the annual Multicultural Gathering is designed to give voice to the needs of people who have been traditionally marginalized and who may identify as African-American/Black, Asian, Indigenous, Latina/Latino/Hispanic, LGBTQ, Muslim, Tribal, and/or people with disabilities.

Rose Luna and Laura Dickey from Oxford, OH.
Rose Luna came from Texas Association Against Sexual Assault presented on "Social Marketing. Pictured here: Rose Luna and Laura Dickey from Oxford, OH.

James Arana and  Pascal Akimina from Men’s Resource International
"Engaging African Men and boys in sexual violence prevention" James Arana and Pascal Akimina from Men's Resource International

Gilberto Perez from Northeastern Center discusses promoting the mental health of Latina/o  immigrants as a tool for violence prevention.
Gilberto Perez from Northeastern Center discusses promoting the mental health of Latina/o immigrants as a tool for violence prevention.

Strong Oak Lefebvre, Sexual Assault Community Educator, New England Learning Center for Women in Transition explores using the Sacred Circle in sexual violence prevention work.
Strong Oak Lefebvre, Sexual Assault Community Educator, New England Learning Center for Women in Transition explores using the Sacred Circle in sexual violence prevention work.

Featured Artist

Marta Sanchez is MESA's featured artist
Artist, survivor, and poet. Marta uses her art to advocate for gender and racial equality and healing for survivors

Marta Sanchez

Marta Sanchez presenting for the University of New Hampshire at Durham, 2010