Thank you so much for bringing your powerful message to Arkansas State University. We really appreciated your humor, your profound words, and the good work you are doing to end rape and sexual violence nationwide.
- Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch, Professor, Arkansas State University
I wanted to send my sincere thanks for your participation in “Massachusetts Steps Up.” Your participation and perspective on the Alcohol, Consent and Accountability panel helped inform the “engagement” discussion and, I hope, challenged folks to look more broadly at the work at hand! Pushing the “who is at the table” conversation is critical and you do it so well… The feedback from participants has been overwhelmingly positive… Your leadership and participation in the training helped clarify the complexity and care needed to address these issues successfully… It would not have been such a resounding success without your expertise and participation.
-Sheridan Haines, Executive Director, Governor’s Council to Address Sexual and Domestic Violence (MA)
Duane made his presentation applicable to each individual in our setting. He was casual yet professional, which helped make for a comfortable environment when it could have otherwise been uncomfortable due to the subject matter. His presentation and discussion were interesting and drew questions from the audience, leading eventually to an open group discussion. A large thank you from New College for your fantastic presentation and for being so accommodating to our campus’ needs.
- Cassandra Corrado, Student Activist, New College of Florida
Duane de Four’s Healthy Relationships session was engaging and enlightening. This program is a great introductory session to building a concise understanding about intimate partner violence. The issues of partner violence that de Four touched on, allowed students to use their language to characterize the healthy and unhealthy features of intimate relationships. Through de Four compartmentalizing three major components of an intimate relationship (verbal, emotional/mental and physical) he created space for students to think personally about their relationships and how they treat people and how they are treated. At such programs as this, an advocate should always be present and available to meet with students following the program to discuss concerns they may have. Such a program can be a great encouragement for students to seek help if they or someone that they may know is in an abusive relationship.
- Starsheemar Byrum, Coordinator of Women’s Center, Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) & the Intercultural Center, Eastern Connecticut State University
“I have known Duane de Four to be an advocate of, and educator on, social justice issues for more than a decade. His passion for justice is matched by his skill as a facilitator in leading group discussion and training on issues of social justice. He brings an affable, approachable manner to his work that allows people to open up and have meaningful conversation about some of our cultures most sensitive issues. Duane is someone I count on to help deliver our trainings to athletes, adult professionals and the military.”
- Jeff O’Brien, Director, Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) National Program
“Duane, a simple ‘thank you’ for all that you have brought to MVP would not be enough. Your contribution to our success has been considerable and your impact on the way we do what we do will remain with us for a long time…”
- Jeffrey O’Brien, Director, Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) National Program
“Duane brings an intellect and resourcefulness to the Foundation Year program that allows him to interact easily with both students and faculty. In this pilot year, Duane has taught courses in Sociology, Personal Leadership and Career Development, and the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Program. His commitment to the academic and social goals of Foundation Year, his quick wit, and his rich background make Duane an invaluable member of the Foundation Year faculty. On his own or as a member of a team, Duane creates dynamic learning environments.”
- Molly Dugan, Ph.D., Director, Northeastern University Foundation Year
“Duane is articulate on issues of violence, race and class. He has an engaging delivery that both men and women find compelling and interesting.”
- Elizabethe Plante, Former Director, University of New Hampshire Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program (SHARPP)
“Duane is a compassionate, inspiring, well spoken educator on the continuum of violence. He fosters growth by encouraging individuals to converse openly about society’s dirtiest little secret. Not only is he an amazing educator but an amazing person!”
- Lisa A. Ulcickas, Former Victim Advocate, University of New Hampshire Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program (SHARPP)
“Duane de Four is a client’s dream come true! His ability to listen to client needs, provide strategic input and then execute and deliver an outstanding final product is a true talent. I have been privileged to work with Duane in a variety of capacities; not only has he provided training for at-risk youth that I work with, but he has also been instrumental in assisting to strategically elevate the recruitment, development and marketing tactics for a key Boston non-profit organization who’s Board of Directors I serve on. I would highly recommend Duane for any educational or marketing needs that you may have.”
- Christyanna Egun, M.A., Director of Boston Partnerships, Massachusetts General Hospital & Board Member at Crispus Attucks Children’s Center
“I was in attendance for the Sexual Assault Bystander Intervention Training this past week at Lackland Air Force Base. I just wanted to thank you for you and your co-facilitators amazing job on the training and presentation of it. I am honestly revved up about implementing the training back at my base. I particularly enjoyed your presentation on the Men’s Module. I felt that you created a positive, real environment where everyone felt comfortable in the engaging conversation. Thank you again.”
- Staff Sergeant Starla Olson, United States Air Force
“Duane de Four is an exceptional facilitator and orator whose professional demeanor and command of the classroom is without equal. Duane was one of only six Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) selected to train and prepare Air Force Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARCs) to educate over 600,000 Air Force personnel during the force-wide implementation of a Sexual Assault Bystander Intervention strategy (to be completed by June 2011). Duane’s extraordinary passion for teaching, facilitating dialogue and developing realistic strategies that will eliminate sexual violence against women in the Air Force was impressive.”
- Darthy JP Johnson, MBA, LtCol, USAF-Retired, Senior Project Manager, Sage Horizons, Inc
“Duane de Four’s talk was engaging and revealing of the sexist and misogynistic trends in today’s advertising. The audience members were encouraged to be active participants and think critically about the images we are presented with. The compilation of ads was well-made and particularly striking in its confrontation of these themes. Thank you for your important message!”
- Catherine McCarthy, President, Brown University Sexual Assault Task Force
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