Breaking the Cycle of Violence

at the University of Massachusetts Boston

History

Accomplishments

April 29th, 2009 University of Massachusetts Boston invited executive directors and agency decision makers from community and government programs and agencies, as well as the university community into dialogue. The purpose of the forum was to convene practitioners, community members, academicians and policy makers involved in youth violence prevention in an initial coordinated effort toward identifying a strategic, interdisciplinary approach. Faculty from various disciplines, including anthropology, psychology, nursing, education, sociology/criminal justice and English to name a just a few, demonstrated an interest and excitement about the possibility of generating a creative exchange of insights and experiences with the community. The focus of the round table discussions was

  1. What is being done,
  2. How do we know it is working,
  3. Where are the gaps and
  4. What role can the university play?

October 28th, 2009 BCVI facilitated a discussion with youth from across the city of Boston. The focus of their discussions was

  1. Where do they see violence in their community
  2. what are the causes
  3. what is being done
  4. what is missing 
  5. what can the university do

March 28th, 2010 BCVI facilitated a discussion with students from the University of Massachusetts Boston. The focus of their discussions was

  1. Where do they see violence in their community
  2. what are the causes
  3. what is being done
  4. what is missing 
  5. what can the university do

4th Wednesday of each month 11th floor of Healey Library at 4PM, BCVI hosts a meeting of organizations and individuals interested in working together leveraging ideas and resources with the intention of Developing a Culture of Hope.