JWU Gender Equity Center Director to Present at Massachusetts Children’s Alliance Statewide Conference

Story by JWU Media Relations , on May 5, 2021 2:00 PM


Will lead workshop to support professionals who work on issues of gender identity 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — May 5, 2021 – Korina Ramsland Short, director of the Johnson & Wales University (JWU) Gender Equity Center, has been selected to present a 90-minute workshop at Massachusetts Children’s Alliance’s (MACA) eleventh annual statewide conference, “Healing, Hope & Justice: An Advanced Conversation.”

The topic “Understanding Gender: Cultural Competency Beyond the Binary” will develop a basic understanding and vocabulary for professionals responding to child sexual assault and abuse around gender identity and expression, and provide resources and skills for developing affirming and inclusive practices to support children and non-offending family members across the spectrum of gender identity and expression.

“At Johnson & Wales, the culture of potential, discovering difference, and necessity to adapt services and supports to welcome and affirm the most marginalized is ingrained in who we are,” said Ramsland Short. “Our students and my role as director of our Gender Equity Center have required me to develop a deep expertise in understanding and affirming all genders, upholding JWU’s value to ‘embrace diversity for a richly inclusive community.’ I am grateful for the opportunity to speak at MACA, bridge my professional experience in higher education and previous work with multidisciplinary teams responding to child abuse, and offer a framework to a variety of professionals to enhance the important services they provide for individuals of all genders.”

The conference, which will be held virtually on May 18 from 3-4pm via Zoom Webinar, will bring together more than 350 attendees from across Massachusetts that work in the areas of law enforcement, victim advocacy, children’s advocacy, mental health therapy, social work, investigators and other youth services to educate and share best practices and innovative methodologies for treating children who have experienced physical or sexual abuse.

For more information on MACA and the conference, visit: www.machildrensalliance.org.


About JWU
Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with more than 10,000 graduate, undergraduate and online students at its four campuses in Providence, Rhode Island; North Miami, Florida; Denver, Colorado; and Charlotte, North Carolina. An innovative educational leader, the university offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in arts and sciences, business, hospitality, nutrition, health and wellness. It also offers undergraduate programs in culinary arts, dietetics, food innovation, design and engineering. The university’s impact is global, with alumni in 125 countries pursuing careers worldwide. For more information, visit jwu.edu.