Dr. Samer Attar is an orthopedic surgeon with Northwestern Medicine. He received his MD from University of Chicago (2002), then stayed to continue his residency. He went on to Mayo Clinic for his fellowship and later did a fellowship in Orthopedic Oncology in University of Chicago. He has published several articles in New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Surgical Oncology, American Journal of Orthopedics, The Lancet, The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, and others. His most recent article in New England Journal of Medicine is named “The Hell of Syria’s Field Hospitals”. He has volunteered on multiple surgical mission trips in Syria, Turkey, and Jordan with the Syrian American Medical Society and Doctors without Borders.
Alison Beckman, M.S.W, L.I.C.S.W currently serves as a project manager and clinical supervisor for a RCT research project investigating the efficacy of co-locating Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) specialized mental health services at primary care clinics serving a large number of refugees. She has been a psychotherapist with CVT since 2000 providing direct services to torture survivors and working with a variety of other program within CVT. In 2003, she was a member of the mental health services team in Guinea, serving as a trainer/supervisor of the Sierra Leonean and Liberian paraprofessional psychosocial counselors. In 2010, she helped develop an e-learning training curriculum, Tools for Trauma Recovery, for Cambodian health professionals. From 2005-2010, Ms. Beckman coordinated Minnesota training activities to educate health care providers, social workers and school staff to recognize and heal the wounds of torture and war. Ms. Beckman worked with the National Capacity Building team at CVT from 2005-2007. Previously, Ms. Beckman worked at the Walk-in Counseling Center in Minneapolis where she produced and wrote the video, Torture and War Trauma Survivors: Initial Assessment and Treatment Issues for Counselors and Therapists. Ms. Beckman received a Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Minnesota in May 2000 and is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. Ms. Beckman completed a two-year advanced psychotherapy program from the Institute for Psychodynamic Psychotherapy in July 2009.
Joy James is the F.C. Oakley 3rd Century Professor in Humanities at Williams College; she teaches in political science and is the editor of several volumes on incarceration and activism. James's most recent book is "Seeking the Beloved Community."
Dr. Chelsey Kivland, a cultural anthropologist, focuses on the intersection of street politics and insecurity in contemporary urban Haiti. Following a postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University last year, she comes to Dartmouth College as assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She has published articles in Cultural Anthropology, PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review, and Journal of Haitian Studies. She is preparing a book titled Street Sovereigns: Young Men in Search of the State in Urban Haiti, which traces how local forms of governance interact with a range of state and NGO actors and the conflicts those interactions produce.
Visit her website at: http://www.chelseykivland.net
Dr. Treva Lindsey is an Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University. Her research and teaching interests include African American women’s history, black popular and expressive culture, black feminism(s), hip hop studies, critical race and gender theory, and sexual politics. Her first book entitled, Colored No More: Reinventing Black Womanhood in Washington D.C. is in production at the University of Illinois Press (Spring 2017).
She has also published in journals such as Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism, Urban Education, The Black Scholar, Feminist Studies, and Signs. She is the inaugural Equity for Women and Girls of Color Fellow at Harvard University (2016-2017). She is currently working on a book project tentatively titled, Hear Our Screams: Black Women, State Violence, and Resistance. She is also the recipient of several awards and fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Women’s Studies Association, and the Coca Cola Critical Difference for Women Committee. She is building a strong online presence by guest contributing to traditional and digital forums such as Al Jazeera, BET, Complex Magazine, Cosmopolitan, HuffPost Live, The Left of Black Web Series, and The Marc Steiner Show.
Vivian Ladd has been an art museum educator for over 30 years and has worked as a museum education consultant for the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth since 2006. She holds an M.A. in Art History and has presented at conferences organized by the New England Museum Association, the National Art Education Association, and the American Association of Museums. She oversees museum programming for students at the Geisel School of Medicine and faculty and staff at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and the Norris Cotton Cancer Center. The goals of her work include enriching medical education, improving the treatment of patients, and contributing to the overall health and wellbeing of medical students and health care professionals. Most recently, she and Dr. Joseph O’Donnell presented their work on fostering cultural awareness through museum/medical partnerships at the 2016 Art of Examination conference in New York City.
Dr. John Lawrence, M.D. a native of Illinois, he currently serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for MSF (Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders) - USA. Dr. Lawrence attended Dartmouth College and Dartmouth Medical School, then completed a family practice internship and worked as a general medical officer in Tuba City, Arizona, on the Navajo Reservation. He then returned to residency and completed training in general surgery at the University of Rochester, in Rochester, New York, and then pediatric surgery at St. Christopher’s Hospital in Philadelphia. For the past 20 years, he has been a practicing pediatric surgeon primarily in academic settings, and he is currently a staff pediatric surgeon at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. Owing in part to a longstanding interest in global health, Lawrence has completed eight surgical missions with MSF since 2009 and has recently begun coursework for an MPH degree through the Bloomberg School of Public Health at John’s Hopkins University. Dr. Lawrence has served MSF as a surgeon in the Central African Republic, Cote D’Ivoire, Haiti, Syria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Dr. Monica Adhiambo Onyango, RN, MPH, MS, PhD, is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Boston University School of Public Health. She has over 25 years’ experience in health care delivery and management. Her experience includes Kenya Ministry of Health as a nursing officer and a lecturer at the Nairobi’s Medical Training College, School of Nursing. Dr. Onyango also worked as a health team leader with international non-governmental organizations in relief and development in South Sudan, Angola and a refugee camp in Kenya. In 2011, she co-founded the global nursing caucus (GNC) with a mission to advance the role of nursing in global health practice, education and policy through advocacy, collaboration, engagement and research. Dr. Onyango’s current research focus on health care among populations affected by war and natural disasters, reproductive health, maternal and child health, Sexual Violence, HIV/AIDS, and the role of nurses and midwives in improving health status of populations globally. She holds a PhD in Nursing from Boston College, a Master of Science (nursing) from Boston College, a Master in Public Health from Boston University School of Public Health, Diploma in Advanced Nursing from Nairobi University, Diplomas in general nursing and midwifery from Kenya Medical Training College, Nairobi.
Jennine Sawwan supports the Asylum Program at Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) by handling daily operations, including logistics, travel, expense and budget tracking, outreach, meeting coordination, and communication with Asylum Network members. She also aids in the facilitation of case placements among network members.
Prior to joining PHR, Sawwan performed research on international gender issues for the Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights in Boston and for the Cameleon Association in Paris. She also worked with survivors of sexual violence at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, and most recently interned with Demand Abolition – an organization devoted to combating sex trafficking – where she helped coordinate trainings and build an online research library.
Sawwan holds a BA in international relations, peace and justice studies, and women’s studies from Tufts University. She is proficient in Arabic and French.
Abby Tassel, MS, TCTSY-F has been active in the anti-gender-based violence movement for over 25 years, working in community organizations and on a college campus. She currently works for WISE, the Upper Valley’s domestic and sexual violence and stalking victim-advocacy organization where she focuses on institutional and social change. In addition to her present work at WISE, she is on the faculty of Praxis International’s Advocacy Learning Center providing leadership, training and technical assistance to community programs to build capacity to mobilize to end violence. She is also on the faculty of Trauma-informed Investigation and Adjudication of Sexual Assault on College Campuses where she delivers a 4-day curriculum with a team of professionals on effective responses to sexual violence.