Announcing Reimagine Lab: Preventing cycles of violence, now and into the future

Posted by: Lucia Corral Peña

Domestic violence is a complex problem. Its causes occur over the span of years or decades, and its effects can reverberate throughout survivors’ lives, families, and communities—perpetuating the cycle of violence for the generation growing up exposed to it. At the Foundation, we know we won’t solve such a complex problem alone. We must broaden our base of partners and allies to develop solutions that can prevent the causes of violence before they take hold and help to heal those already exposed to violence.

In February, I shared my excitement about a new design lab and our intention to bring together leaders from diverse backgrounds to learn, reflect, and co-create to develop promising ideas and solutions to break the multi-generational cycle of domestic violence. Today, we are excited to announce the official launch of Reimagine Lab: Preventing cycles of violence, now and into the future, and to introduce you to the fellows at the heart of this work.

The 16 Reimagine Lab fellows were selected from a pool of hundreds of applicants from across California. Together, they will work to identify prevention approaches to end cycles of family and domestic violence. The fellows traveled last month to Pacific Grove, California, for the first of five workshops that comprise the overall Reimagine Lab experience. The first two-day workshop was designed to cultivate a sense of community among the fellows, the majority of whom were meeting each other for the first time, and to establish Reimagine Lab’s overall goals and values. The group established a creative space for audacious ideas to be considered, thinking beyond barriers and limitations.

A few of us from the Foundation had the opportunity to meet with the fellows before the first lab. They bring with them a diversity—of backgrounds, ideas, experiences, and perspectives—that reflects California’s communities. What they share without exception, however, is a steadfast commitment to ending domestic violence and an openness to new ways of solving this complex problem. From the 35-year veterans of the domestic violence field to the 19-year-old college student, the fellows bring a mix of pragmatism and passion to Reimagine Lab—and we can’t wait to see what ideas they develop.

We invite you to meet the Reimagine Lab fellows below and to join them on this journey over the next few months. We’ll be sharing stories, new ideas, and lessons learned along the way. Sign up for our email updates to stay informed about the lab and about other future opportunities to partner with us as we work to break the cycle of domestic violence.

Sonya Young Aadam

Inglewood

California Black Women’s Health Project

Trisha Baird

Kings Beach

Tahoe SAFE Alliance

 

Jorge Fernandez 

Modesto

Golden Valley Health Centers

 

Rick Green

San Jose

Community Member

 

Sandra Henriquez

Sacramento

California Coalition Against Sexual Assault 

 

Frances Ho

San Francisco

Judicial Council of California 

 

Navya Kaur

Fremont

Society of Women Engineers, San Jose State University 

 

Evelyn Magana 

Apple Valley

Family Assistance Program 

 

Christopher Masilon 

Anaheim 

Anaheim Police Department 

 

Rain McNeill 

Sacramento 

California Rural Indian Health Board 

 

Ana Rosa Najera

Long Beach

Lumos Transforms  

 

Rabeya Sen

Los Angeles

Esperanza Community Housing Corporation 

 

Devika Shankar

Simi Valley 

Los Angeles LGBT Center 

 

Sharon Turner

Concord

STAND! For Families Free of Violence 

 

Mx. Addison Rose Vincent

Los Angeles

TransLatin@ Coalition  


Ebony Utley

Long Beach

Communications Studies, California State University, Long Beach

 
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