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    • April 24, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Your Phone

    A Public Health Approach to Violence and Conflict
    Featuring Ari Cowan and Tony Belak

    April 24, 2018
    11:00 - 11:30 am
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    Violence and conflict is a common thread that runs throughout history and across all cultures. It disrupts local, national and international communities, and results in war, displacement and death.

    One strategy for addressing violence and conflict is a public health approach. The Violence Prevention and Restoration (PAR) Model, developed by the International Center for Compassionate Organizations (ICCO) explains how violence begins, spreads, and infects others almost like a "thought borne" pathogen or virus.

    This KNOW NOW program will feature Ari Cowan and Tony Belak, Director General and Associate Director of ICCO. They will discuss how the proliferation of international conflicts and violence in communities can be prevented by utilizing the PAR Model. Xiao Yin Zhao, Executive Director of the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana, will host this program.

    • May 01, 2018
    • 6:30 AM - 8:00 PM
    • Loma Linda University Centennial Complex - Small Amphitheater, 24760 Stewart St., Loma Linda

    Loma Linda University Institute for Community Partnerships &
    World Affairs Council Inland Southern California

    invite you to learn more about an important issue in our region

    Human Trafficking
    Understanding and Ending Trafficking in Our Community

    Presentation by an Open Door Human Trafficking Specialist
    of the Family Assistance Program
    followed by a
    Panel Discussion led by Dr. Richard Hart including
    law enforcement, LLU students, healthcare and community advocates

    Tuesday, May 1, 2018
    6:30 - 8:00 pm
    Loma Linda University Centennial
    Complex - Small Amphitheater
    24760 Stewart St., Loma Linda
    Parking free in
    Lot X
    This program is free. Preregistration is NOT required.

    Human trafficking, or people for sale, is a global crime problem. It affects the lives of millions of people around the world. Traffickers deceive desperate people from all corners of the world and force them into exploitative situations every day. While the best-known form of human trafficking is for the purpose of sexual exploitation, hundreds of thousands of victims are trafficked for the purposes of forced labor, domestic servitude, or for organ harvesting for medical transplant. This program examines the local problem of trafficking and how it is affecting our region.


    Want to know more?
    Download the WAC Resources on International Human Trafficking
    (will not print until downloaded to your desktop)
    Resources on Human Trafficking WAC.pdf

    • May 08, 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Troesch Center La La Sierra University Troesch Center, 4500 Riverwalk Pkwy., Riverside 92505

    La Sierra University School of Business and World Affairs Council
    Inland Southern California

    invite you to

    Media, Muslims, and the Mideast
    How Perspectives are Shaped in America

    May 8, 2018
    5:00 - 6:00 pm

     La Sierra University Troesch Center
    Zapara School of Business
    4500 Riverwalk Pkwy, Riverside CA 92505

    How would you react if most of the news and references to your religious, racial, or ethnic group was negative? How do you think this might shape people’s opinions and feelings toward you and your group? To whom is this happening currently? To whom has this happened historically?
    Edina Lekovic will talk about this phenomenon in today’s media and make suggestions for how to deal with it.   

    To guide our discussion, we are pleased to introduce
    Edina Lekovic

    Until recently, Edina Lekovic was Director of Policy & Programming at the Muslim Public Affairs Council frequently acting as a national spokesperson for the American Muslim community to media outlets, government officials, interfaith leaders, academic institutions, and community organizations.

    She was named one of the 10 Most Inspirational L.A. Women of 2015 by Los Angeles Magazine, and in 2009 one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in Amman, Jordon.

    Edina has recently started a new venture in the world of broadcasting as the host of a podcast series entitled “Meeting the Moment” in which people tell the story of how they turned what they thought were devastating challenges into opportunities.

    Registration for the Program

    Pre-registered Guests: WAC Members $15   Non Members $20
    La Sierra Students and Staff = free    High School teachers bringing students = free
    Guests at the Door: All non La Sierra Guests $20
    Register online:
    https://wacinlandsocal.org or by mail using the coupon on the flier you may download and print below.

    Media and Mideastflier.pdf

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