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Leadership Initiatives

Community Garden

Starting in the spring of 2020, a small group of SLC members and advisors came together to take the lead on CVPR’s garden plots at a local community center. We have been following COVID-19 protocols and attended to our two plots in pairs and individually. We have been planting, watering, and witnessing growth in a time of uncertainty. This season we have been growing sunflowers, tomatoes, beans, squash, mint, basil, lettuce, kale, cucumbers, swiss chard, radishes, onions, and more. 


Standing with Survivors Everyday

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In April 2018, during Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, SLC Advisors collaborated with CVPR social workers to lead a new event at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center called "Standing with Survivors Everyday." The event honored and celebrated providers who were nominated by staff and survivors for providing excellent trauma-informed care. During this event, there was an opportunity for survivors to exhibit their art. We displayed several community art projects created by survivors of domestic and sexual violence. A group of SLC Advisors and members also created a sculptural art display to raise awareness about how sexual violence impacts people of all ages and backgrounds. The film created by the SLC "We Need You to Listen" was premiered at the Standing with Survivors Everyday event.


In 2019, the SLC collaborated with CVPR to lead and host the second "Standing With Survivors Everyday" event with the goal of making it an annual event.


Due to COVID-19 during spring 2020, the SLC and CVPR decided to postpone the Standing With Survivors Everyday event. 

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Trauma-Informed Care 

SLC Advisors contributed ideas, feedback, and specific advice about trauma-informed care to the Trauma-Informed Care Tip Sheet created by CVPR. The SLC Advisors drew on their own experiences, both positive and negative, as trauma survivors seeking medical care to inform the tip sheet. The Trauma-Informed Care Principles and Tip Sheet is used at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to educate providers about trauma-informed care and can be found here:

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Reiki Level 1 Training January 2019

Reiki (pronounced "ray-key") in Japanese means "Universal Life Force Energy," which is described as the energy flowing through all living things.

Reiki is a relaxation technique that supports the body's natural ability to move toward balance and to experience a sense of well-being. It is a simple, gentle, and safe "hands-on" technique that promotes stress reduction for those who receive it. 


The person receiving Reiki is fully clothed during a Reiki session. The practitioner will discuss hand placement prior to the session, so you will know what to expect. He/She/they can also help answer questions that you might have about the session.


During a Reiki session, the practitioner will place their hands lightly on or above different areas of your body. Most often, the practitioner's hands will rest on or above an area for 3 to 5 minutes before moving on to the next area. There is not necessarily a specific order to where the practitioner's hands are placed. Reiki sessions can last 15-20 minutes, or closer to an hour depending on the setting and practitioner.

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