Duane de Four is a scholar-educator with more than twenty-five years of experience facilitating workshops and developing curricula, strategic initiatives and policies focused on a variety of intersecting social justice issues (such as gender violence prevention, anti-racism, sexual health, etc).
Duane has done this work with young people and adults in middle and high schools, youth detention centers, the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB and NASCAR, all branches of the U.S. Military, colleges and universities across the United States, corporations, and non-profit/non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the US and Nairobi, Kenya. He has also provided expert witness testimony in legislative hearings and domestic violence related cases.
In 2011, Duane was one of six Subject Matter Experts selected to train Air Force Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARCs) to deliver a groundbreaking bystander intervention curriculum that reached over 600,000 Air Force personnel serving around the world. In 2018, as a co-chair of the Massachusetts Governor’s Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence’s Prevention Education Workgroup, Duane led the development of a series of guidelines for administrators, focused on preventing sexual and dating violence in educational settings from pre-kindergarten through college.
His growing list of publications includes a chapter in the book SLUT: A Play and Guidebook for Combating Sexism and Sexual Violence, a co-authored paper in the Journal of Youth Development, a magazine article and a self-published blog. His work has also been featured in numerous domestic and international news outlets including; NPR, PBS, HuffPost Live and Der Spiegel.
Duane is currently working toward a PhD in Higher Education at UMass Boston, while teaching at Merrimack College, serving as a member of the MA Governor’s Council on SA/DV, Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) board of directors, the Youth Equity & Sexuality (YES) research lab’s advisory board, and the National Youth Art Movement’s Think Tank.