WAKEFIELD — The Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth will be holding the “Fighting Hate & Homegrown Violent Extremism” conference in Southbridge later this month.
“This conference will help educators and law enforcement professionals learn how to work collaboratively to identify and address instances of extremism and violence in their community,” MPY Executive Director Margie Daniels said. “This will contribute to fostering safe and supportive schools and communities.”
Thursday, March 26 from 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
La Salle Reception Center, 44 Main St., Southbridge.
- Margie Daniels, Executive Director for the Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth
- Ronald Schouten, director of the Law & Psychiatry Service at Massachusetts General Hospital and an associate professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School
- Steve Kimball, Special Agent for the FBI Boston Joint Terrorism Task Force
- Brian LeBlanc, Supervisory Special Agent for the FBI Boston Joint Terrorism Task Force
- Jack Levin, Northeastern University Professor Emeritus and Co-Director of the Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict
Incidents of hate and violence from homegrown violent extremism have disrupted schools and communities across the nation. Extremist ideologies, such as Jihadism, Incel, Antifa and racially-motivated extremists such as White Nationals, create environments that stigmatize, frighten, disrupt and threaten school and community members. Presenters will share information about a wide range of radical groups, including how to identify them and recognize student involvement.
Ronald Schouten, Director of the Law & Psychiatry Service at Massachusetts General Hospital and an associate professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, will be the keynote speaker at the event. He will be joined by two agents from the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and a nationally acclaimed criminologist and expert in terrorism.
More than 100 educators and law enforcement officials are expected to attend the conference.
This conference is free of charge.
Register for the event here.
About the Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth, Inc.
Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth, Inc. is a non-profit 501.c(3) organization that provides training, fosters collaboration, and develops programming to increase the health and safety of students. MPY is committed to bringing cutting-edge information and high quality trainings to constituents and endeavors to provide solution-oriented, community-based, multi-disciplinary approaches to reducing and ideally eliminating risky behaviors for youth.
The nonprofit is governed by a Board of Directors made up of school superintendents, police and fire chiefs, and other community leaders who work closely with MPY staff to deliver this mission.
To learn more, visit www.mpyinc.org.