Student Wellness

PRISUM Speaker Series

PRISUM​​​​​​​

Prevention education and Resource strategies for Intimate partner and Sexual violence in Under represented gender/sexual Minorities

The PRISUM speaker series is a Sexual Assault Awareness month educational collaboration with campus and community partners addressing sexual and interpersonal violence prevention and education in underserved sexual and gender minorities. 

Goals:  
1) To provide education that will impact understanding of sexual and interpersonal violence in sexual and gender minorities. 
2) To deliver skills and strategies that empower caring responses that are trauma informed and culturally competent when incidents do occur. 

Participant Safety and Self Care:
Participant safety and self-care are priority. We will have an additional Zoom link in each session to connect with support. Participants can also contact the CSU Counseling Center at 216-687-2277 and be directed to resources.

These sessions will be conducted through Zoom. There is no cost for the program but there is limited "live" seating.


Tuesday, April 6, 2pm - 3pm 

Microaggressions toward LGBTQ+ individuals 
Dr. Bruce Menapace- Ph. D. LGBT+ Psychologist
Cleveland State University Counseling Center

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This presentation will discuss some commonplace indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative attitudes toward LGBTQ+ individuals. Experiences within counseling relationships and the misgendering of Trans* individuals will be highlighted. Affirming and supportive counter interventions will be discussed.

If the webinar has reached capacity and you are unable to register, check this PRISUM website after the webinar where we will publish a link to the recording

Dr. Bruce Menapace is a psychologist and outreach coordinator at the Cleveland State University Counseling Center and has worked there since he earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1997 from the California School of Professional Psychology. At CSU he started both the “LGBTQ+ Student Support Hour” and the “Trans Student Support” group. He is one of the founders of the LGBT SafeSpace Program both at CSU and Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) and has presented regarding LGBT Safe Space, healthy relationships, sexuality, sexual orientation and gender identity. He has served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Black and White Men Together (NABWMT), Black and White Men Together – Cleveland, People of All Colors Together – Cleveland, and he currently serves on the Board of Directors of It’s About Us, a non-profit organization that advocates for the aging LGBTQ community in Northeast Ohio.



Wednesday, April 7, 1pm - 2pm 

Snapshot of LGBTQ+ Youth: Mental and Physical Health 
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Kristen & Lisa Pepera- LGBT+ Licensed Mental Health providers 
Founders of Colors+ Youth Center   

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Have you been wanting to know more about LGBTQ+ youth?  Are you wanting to be a better advocate for youth in helping them to feel protected, safe, and valid for who they are?  Join Kristen Pepera, MEd, LPCCS. and Lisa Pepera, MEd, LPCC-S, to learn and talk about LGBTQ+ youth, disparities and risks within their community, and how to be a better advocate for them.

If the webinar has reached capacity and you are unable to register, check this PRISUM website after the webinar where we will publish a link to the recording

Kristen and Lisa  have been licensed professional clinical counselors for 10+ years and continue to offer counseling for adults and youth ages 3 and up, couples, and families through their private practice, Colors+ Counseling, LLC.  In 2018, they founded Colors+, a nonprofit LGBTQ+ youth center. Colors+ has transitioned to virtual programming only throughout the pandemic with programs such as weekly drop-in times, TransYou (a program inclusively for transgender and gender expansive youth), biweekly Dungeons and Dragons, bimonthly Coffee and Chat with Connecting For Kids for parents and loved ones of LGBTQ+ youth, and monthly virtual movie nights for the whole family.  Kristen and Lisa have been married for 6 years and have one son in heaven, Alexander, and one son on earth, Benjamin. They enjoy spending time with family and friends as well as participating outdoor activities and doing home projects.


​​​​​​​Wednesday, April 14, 11am - 12pm

The Unprotected: Sexual Violence and the Experiences of African-American Women.  
Miss Reaver D. Nelson, MSW, LISW-S
Pearl Counseling Services/LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland 

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For African-American women, sexual assault and violence are incredibly pervasive issues that routinely go unreported and under-addressed. Over 18% of African American women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime. In order to address the issue of sexual violence against Black women, it is imperative that we address the unique barriers faced by African-American women on a political, economic, and cultural level. 

If the webinar has reached capacity and you are unable to register, check this PRISUM website after the webinar where we will publish a link to the recording

Miss Reaver D. Nelson, MSW, LISW-S has worked in the field of mental health and substance use in the greater Cleveland community for more than 30 years. Her work has occurred in the home-based/community, outpatient, and residential settings. She has worked in private practice since 2014 and in 2019 established Pearl Counseling Services. She presently offers counseling services in person and via telehealth at the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland as an independent contractor. 


Thursday, April 15, 12pm - 1pm 

Transgender Women Survivors: Stereotypes, and Barriers to Services
Hayley Yocum – B.A. Sociology CWRU
University of York, Centre for Women's Studies 

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Understanding the specific stereotypes experienced by transgender women survivors is crucial to ensuring culturally humble services for such survivors. This presentation discusses common stereotypes of transgender women rape survivors, the barriers transgender women survivors experience when seeking post-assault support, and strategies to advocated for transgender women survivors. 

If the webinar has reached capacity and you are unable to register, check this PRISUM website after the webinar where we will publish a link to the recording

Hayley Yocum is an activist and researcher surrounding culturally humble response to gender-based violence. Having earned a BA in Sociology from Case Western Reserve University, Hayley has worked with survivors in a community-based domestic violence agency, a rape crisis hotline, and a university LGBT Center. She has conducted academic research on prevention and policy response to gender-based violence. Hayley is currently earning an MA in Women, Violence and Conflict at the University of York in England to specialize in non-carceral response to domestic and sexual violence. 

Questions: Contact Denise Keary d.keary@csuohio.edu

Program made possible through funding and resources from the Cleveland State University General Fee Advisory Council and CSU Health and Wellness Services. This is a collaborative program with the CSU Sexual Violence Prevention Education Sub Committee and the LGBTQ Center of Cleveland, Cleveland Rape Crisis Center and Recovery Resources.

Sponsored by LGBT Community Center, Cleveland Rape Crisis Center and Recovery Resources​​​​​​​​​​​​​​