Jackson Katz, one of America’s leading anti-sexist male activists, will be speaking at Black Hills State University Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. in Jonas Hall Room 305.

Katz is an educator, author, and filmmaker internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in the field of gender violence prevention education. He has lectured on hundreds of college and high school campuses and has conducted hundreds of professional trainings, seminars, and workshops in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Japan.

He is the co-founder of the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program, the leading gender violence prevention initiative in professional and college athletics.  The program encourages young men and women from all socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds to take on leadership roles in their schools and communities.

The heart of the training consists of role-plays intended to allow students to construct and practice viable options in response to incidents of harassment, abuse, or violence before, during, or after the fact. Students learn that there is not simply "one way" to confront violence, but that each individual can learn valuable skills to build their personal resolve and to act when faced with difficult or threatening life situations.

This event is open to the public at no charge and is sponsored by the SEACC Prevention Grant.

For additional information, contact April Anderson at 642-6928.