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Making Public Policy Personal: A Focus on Gender-Based Violence

March 1 @ 3:00 pm 4:00 pm MST

How does public policy address gender-based violence and what more is needed? Join this conversation with experts Dr. Sonia Salari and Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima to learn more about the history of policies enacted in Utah and the nation. Moderated by Mary Dickson, the event will also provide details on the history of the anti-violence movement and challenges faced in Utah in reducing violence.

This is a hybrid event. Attendees may join in person at the Gould Auditorium or virtually via Facebook Live. For questions about this event, please contact

Women's Week 2023, Making Public Policy Personal

Women’s Week 2023: Making Public Policy Personal

This event is part of Women’s Week: February 27 – March 3, 2023.

Women’s Week is an annual, weeklong event focused on gendered issues and challenges faced in today’s socioeconomic and political climate, intersectionality, and cultural movements. Women’s Week 2023 events will investigate when public policy becomes personal, and explore what this means for us as individuals, citizens, and participants in a diverse democracy.

Women’s Week 2023 is planned in partnership with various organizations across the University of Utah and sponsored by Domo, Inc. logo


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Mary Dickson

Host, Contact


Mary Dickson, who retired as a PBS Utah executive, continues to host the public affairs interview segment Contact, which airs weeknights at 9:55.  She was the writer and co-producer of No Safe Place: Violence Against Women, that aired nationally on PBS, and has written about women’s issues for decades.

Annie Isabel Fukushima

Annie Fukushima

Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies
Director, Office of Undergraduate Research
Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies, School for Cultural and Social Transformation
The University of Utah


Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima is Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, and Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies with the School for Cultural and Social Transformation. She is the 2023 Transformative Research Collective Lead Fellow. Prior to joining the faculty at University of Utah, Dr. Fukushima earned her doctoral degree from University of California, Berkeley and was an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Rutgers University. Dr. Fukushima is author of the award-winning book Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the U.S. (Stanford University Press, 2019). Dr. Fukushima is the Co-Principal Investigator and Project Lead for the Gender-Based Violence Consortium. She is serving as the research evaluator for the Freedom Network Training Institute Housing Training and Technical Assistance Project. She is a member of the board of directors for the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition and the Salt Lake Acting Company. Dr. Fukushima is also the co-editor and co-founder of the Institute of (Im)Possible Subjects and the web-platform

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Sonia Salari

Professor, Department of Family and Consumer Studies
Academic Senate President
The University of Utah


Dr. Sonia Salari is professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Studies and Academic Senate President at the University of Utah. Her research focuses on the sociology of families, interpersonal violence, immigration, aging in marginalized communities and public policy. As an advocate for victims, she co-founded the U’s Gender Based Violence Consortium, serves on the Board of the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition and is principal investigator of the Office of Violence Against Women Campus Grant to address Domestic/Dating Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking. Dr. Salari recently published the second edition of her book Family Violence Across the Life Course: Research, Policy and Prevention (2021) and Family Violence and Abuse: An Encyclopedia of Trends, Issues, and Solutions, (forthcoming 2023). She was honored to receive her College of Social and Behavioral Science Superior Award and University Distinguished Teaching Awards.

Gould Auditorium

295 S 1500 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
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