Relationships 101 Symposium

October 21 - 23, 2018

Purpose: To generate a community experience that will foster honest and reflective exploration of the human dynamics of love, relationships and intimacy.


  • Intimate Relationships
  • Ethics of Love
  • Being a Healthy Partner
  • Need(s) in Relationships
  • Consent
Relationships 101 Symposium diagram on keynote speakers.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Joanne Davila “Romantic Competence, Why We “Need” Relationship Skills”

Dr. Joanne Davila

Joanne Davila is a Professor of Psychology and the Director of Clinical Training in the Department of Psychology at Stony Brook University. She is an internationally known expert on romantic relationships and mental health. She has published widely in this area and is the co-author (with K. Lashman) of “The Thinking Girl's Guide to the Right Guy: How Knowing Yourself Can Help You Navigate Dating, Hookups, and Love” (Guilford Press). She is a Fellow in the Association for Psychological Science and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and is the Editor of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. She is a licensed psychologist who specializes in evidence-based interventions for relationship problems, anxiety, and depression. To learn more about Dr. Joanne Davila, please visit

Mike Domitrz – “Can I Kiss You?”

Mike Domitrz

Educator, ally, expert, and award-winning author & publisher on healthy relationships, dating and sexual assault. With The DATE SAFE Project’s   Founder, Mike Domitrz, you get one of the leading voices on healthy dating, consent, bystander intervention, and sexual assault throughout the world. You get real-life examples from a critically-acclaimed author and speaker to share with your audience. Since Mike’s sister was sexually assaulted in 1989, he has devoted his life to helping protect others. To learn more about Mike Domitrz, please visit the website below.

Dr. Richard Weissbourd, “Ethics & Romance”

Dr. Richard Weissbourd

Richard Weissbourd is a Senior Lecturer at the Harvard   Graduate School of Education, where he directs the Human Development and Psychology Program, and the Kennedy  School of Government.  His work focuses on moral   development, vulnerability and resilience in childhood and effective schools and services for children.  He directs the Making Caring Common Project, a national effort to make moral and social development priorities in child-raising and to provide strategies to schools and parents for promoting in children caring, a commitment to justice and other key moral and social capacities. He is also conducting research on how older adults can better mentor young adults and teenagers in developing caring, ethical, mature romantic relationships. To learn more about Dr. Richard Weissbourd, please visit the website below.

Speak About It empowers students to foster healthier relationships and build healthier communities by directly addressing issues of consent, sexual assault prevention, and bystander intervention. Our performance-based programs provide young people with the tools to speak openly and honestly about sex and sexuality. To learn more about Speak About It, please visit the website below.

Speak About It

Kelly Addington and Becca Tieder 

Kelly Addington and Becca Tieder

 Kelly Addington and Becca Tieder are best friends, educators, idea architects and activists who speak about sexual assault awareness, prevention, and sexual empowerment. Through their appearances and educational resources Kelly and Becca are leading the conversation on consent and sexual empowerment. They speak in simple yet impactful terms, seeking to remove the stigma of victimization and introduce straightforward steps to help reduce sexual violence. Kelly and Becca serve as role models and provide resources for individuals who have experienced the trauma and post-traumatic stress caused by sexual assault as well as those looking to create social change in their community. While many people speak to the issue of sexual assault the reason Kelly and Becca have been so successful is they are the most authentic voice in the movement. To learn more about Kelly & Becca, please visit their website below.

Symposium "Extra"

Throughout the SHARP Summit the Clothesline Project table will be staffed while events are occurring in the Haig Room.

  • Anyone can create a t-shirt.
  • T-shirts will be put on the Clothesline Display after they are created, and will be used in companies for SAAPM display
  • White t-shirts are designated for anyone who wants to portray personal experience, either as a victim or as a close friend, family member or support person to a victim of sexual violence.
  • Teal t-shirts are designated for anyone who wants to portray their personal commitment to ending sexual violence. 
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