Kaaren WilliamsenKaaren Williamsen, MA

Director of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center 
University of Michigan
kaarenw@umich.edu

Kaaren M. Williamsen is Director of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center at the University of Michigan where provides direction and leadership to the University’s sexual and intimate partner violence response, education and prevention efforts across campus.  Previously she was the first full-time Title IX Coordinator at Swarthmore College where she created a coordinated response to sexual misconduct, oversaw policy development, created a comprehensive sexual violence prevention program, and worked closely with students to develop administrator and student partnerships related to sexual violence prevention.  Prior to Swarthmore, Kaaren worked at Carleton College where she founded and directed the Gender and Sexuality Center. As part of her work in building and leading the center, she created innovative sexual violence prevention programs including peer education, comprehensive sexuality education, men’s groups, survivor support, new student orientation and student-led no-credit courses on healthy sexuality. She also created institutional support services for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students, including peer mentor programs, support groups, campus education and professional development for faculty and staff. Kaaren also served as a Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Prevention and was a key member of the Title IX Lead Team at Carleton, which oversaw all efforts toward sexual violence prevention and campus response. In addition, she coordinated and trained the Sexual Misconduct Support Advisers and the Community Board on Sexual Assault which heard sexual misconduct cases.  Before founding the Gender and Sexuality Center, Kaaren worked in residential life and in LGBT advisor roles at Carleton as well as two other Minnesota colleges and universities. Kaaren earned her B.A. in Philosophy with honors from Gustavus Adolphus College, an MS in Women’s Studies from Minnesota State Mankato, and her M.A. in Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology from University of Minnesota.  In 2017 she completed her PhD in Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development at the University of Minnesota with a dissertation on the limitations of the student conduct response to sexual misconduct and the possibilities of restorative justice.  

Duke Fisher headshotDuke Fisher

Lead Trainer 
Learning Labs, Inc.

Duke Fisher is a trusted facilitator and mediator who facilitates meaningful conversation in schools, universities, and organizations worldwide. He is committed to building bridges to all of his participants and ensuring their needs are honored. Duke has been a New York State Certified Mediation Trainer since 1989.  He is the past director of the Dispute Resolution Center for Delaware and Chenango Counties and has taught mediation courses worldwide, including at Hofstra and Albany Law Schools. As the lead trainer for the Skidmore College Project on Restorative Justice, Duke frequently trains educational institutions in restorative practices that help build community, respond to incidents of misconduct, and successfully reintegrate students after suspension. Duke is the 2007 “Lawrence P. Cooke Peace Innovator Award” recipient recognized for his never-ending search for creative methods to support effective learning and address conflict.