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International conference at UT to explore labor and sex trafficking in Ohio, U.S. and around the globe

The 15th Annual International Human Trafficking and Social Justice Conference at The University of Toledo will host almost 90 presentations from researchers, advocates and survivors over the course of two days.

Heroin as a method of control and the connection between sex trafficking and drug addiction are among the issues to be explored.

The conference, which brings the sex and labor trafficking trades out of the shadows and helps end abuse through education and advocacy, will take place Thursday and Friday, Sept. 20 and 21, in the Thompson Student Union.

UT’s Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute and the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition host the conference.

“We are celebrating 15 years of global collaboration to go beyond the idea of rescue and restore to have a profound understanding of emancipation and liberation from modern-day slavery,” Dr. Celia Williamson, UT professor of social work and director of the UT Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute, said. “This conference is an amazing experience where we see people connect to a new thought and open their hearts to vulnerable and stigmatized men and women.”

To date, the trafficking conference has welcomed presenters from 34 states and 25 countries to educate social service, health-care and criminal justice professionals on human trafficking and the needs and risks of survivors, as well as their customers and traffickers. The conference lays the groundwork for future collaborative research, advocacy and program development.

Presentations in the Thompson Student Union will include:

• “What I Wanted Was the Drugs: Heroin as a Method of Control in a Case Study on Sex Trafficking” Thursday, Sept. 20 at 9 a.m. in Room 2582 by Dr. Jesse Bach, director emeritus of the Imagine Foundation; Dr. George Tsagaris, associate professor in the School of Social Work at Cleveland State University; and Christine Buddner, paralegal and member of the Cleveland State University human trafficking research team.

• “Critical Linkages: Opiate Addiction and Elevated Risk of Human Trafficking” Thursday, Sept. 20, at 11:30 a.m. in Room 3010-A by Dr. Amy Thompson, UT professor of public health and co-chair of UT’s opioid task force; Dr. Joan Duggan, chief of infectious diseases at UT Medical Center and medical director of the UT Ryan White Program; Dr. Jamie Dowling Tawes, assistant director of the UT Ryan White Program; and Courtney Stewart, social worker and chemical dependency counselor with the Toledo Lucas County Health Department’s Northwest Ohio Syringe Services harm reduction program.

• “A Childhood Sex Trafficking Survivor’s Story and Perspectives” 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 in the Auditorium by Kylee Gregg, a survivor of childhood sex trafficking who wants to share her story to help save others.

• “Internet Sex Trafficking: Will the Monster Stop Growing?” Thursday, Sept. 20, at 1:30 p.m. in the Ingman Room by Maureen Guirguis, director of the Northeast Ohio Human Trafficking Law Clinic.

• “Theatre for Youth: A Tool for Tackling Trafficking” Thursday, Sept. 20, at 10:15 a.m. in Room 3020 by Dr. Jo Beth Gonzalez, theater teacher at Bowling Green High School and leader of the BGHS Human Trafficking Awareness Troupe, which is made up of students who perform “Lily’s Shadow”; and Roxanna Schroeder-Arce, associate professor in the University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Theatre and Dance and co-playwright of “Lily’s Shadow,” which illustrates signs of abuse in victims, strategies traffickers use to coerce young victims into the system, and tactics for escaping perilous situations.

• “Not #MeToo: How Gender-Based Work and Micro/Macro-Aggressions Impede Trafficking Survivors of Color From Accessing Services” Thursday, Sept. 20, at 4 p.m. in the Ingman Room by Dr. Tyffani Monford Dent, a psychologist who has collaborated on projects addressing sexual violence.

• “Correlates of Human Trafficking Risk: Implications for Screening, Referral and Intervention Among Substance Abuse Populations” Thursday, Sept. 20, at 4 p.m. in Room 2582 by Isis Martel, medical sciences researcher at the University of Arkansas.

For additional information and a full schedule of presentations, visit traffickingconference.com.

Filmmaker to visit UT as artist-in-residence Sept. 17-21

Motion picture editor and filmmaker Mike Goodier will be a guest filmmaker-in-residence in the UT Department of Theatre and Film Monday through Friday, Sept. 17-21.

During his stay, Goodier will lecture several classes in the UT Film/Video Program and give individualized tutorials and critiques to film/video students.


On Friday, Sept. 21, Goodier, along with Holly Hey, UT professor of film and head of the Film/Video Program, will give a lecture titled “Cutting ‘Teeth’: Influence and Agency in Documentary Film Editing” at the 2018 International Human Trafficking and Social Justice Conference. Their talk is scheduled at 2:45 p.m. in the Thompson Student Union Room 2591.

Goodier also will screen the film he edited titled “Teeth,” which follows the story of a middle-aged Hawaiian woman, sex trafficked when she was younger, as she raises her family and begins to heal physically and emotionally from the abuse she has suffered.

The 2018 International Human Trafficking and Social Justice Conference is free to UT students, faculty and staff with Rocket ID. For pricing details and event information, visit traffickingconference.com.

Also on Friday, Sept. 21, Goodier will screen the documentary, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” for which he was the post-production supervisor. The film will be shown at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Center Theatre.

A decade after “An Inconvenient Truth” brought climate change into the heart of popular culture, this follow-up documentary shows the emerging energy revolution. Cameras follow former U.S. Vice President Al Gore behind the scenes — in moments private and public, funny and poignant — as he pursues empowering the notion that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.

The free screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Goodier; Dr. Defne Apul, UT professor of civil engineering and sustainable engineering; Dr. Todd Crail, UT associate lecturer of environmental sciences; Dr. John Koolage, associate professor of philosophy of science at Eastern Michigan University; and Tom Henry, a reporter with The Blade.

Goodier is a motion picture editor and filmmaker with more than a decade of experience crafting stories for documentary and narrative film. His professional credits include in-production films such as “Teeth” and “Survivors,” and editing work on “The Hidden Vote Episode 01” (2018) and “Redemption Trail” (2013). He also served as assistant editor for “Cinema Travellers” (2016), “The Kill Team” (2013) and “The Waiting Room” (2012), and as an additional editor, post-production coordinator and assistant editor for “Audrie & Daisy” (2016).

In 2014, he was named a Sundance Documentary Edit Lab Assistant Editor Fellow.

Goodier also has taught and developed filmmaking-related courses. He was an instructor and created a visual storytelling class specifically for young adults with developmental disabilities at the Harvey Milk Center in San Francisco. He was a video editing instructor at the Associated Students of the University of California Berkeley Art Studio.

He earned a bachelor of arts degree in film studies from Rhode Island College and a master of fine arts degree in media arts from the California College of the Arts, where he also was a teaching assistant in its 4D program, as well as in its introductory and advanced film production courses.

Re-envisioning road, highway infrastructure for autonomous vehicles topic of Sept. 21 seminar

The University of Toledo College of Engineering and AAA Northwest Ohio are hosting the fourth in a series of free, public talks to educate consumers about how smart vehicles will impact the world.

The seminar focused on transportation infrastructure and autonomous vehicles will be Friday, Sept. 21, from 9 to 11 a.m. in Nitschke Auditorium.

Speakers will include Jim Barna, executive director of DriveOhio; Randy Cole, executive director of the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission; and Zach Huhn, chief executive officer of Venture Smarter.

All speakers will participate in a panel discussion with Dr. Eddie Chou, UT professor of civil and environmental engineering, and director of the Transportation Systems Research Lab, and Laurie Adams, managing principal and director of traffic safety at DGL Consulting Engineers.

Register for the free, public seminar here.

The next seminar in the Technology Takes the Wheel series will be Friday, Nov. 2, and focuses on accessibility. Previous events examined cybersecurity and public transportation.

Rockets fall in shootout with Hurricanes, 49-24

Junior quarterback Mitchell Guadagni’s arm and legs kept Toledo in the game in its matchup with No. 21 Miami (Fla.), but ultimately the Rockets could not keep up the pace, falling to the Hurricanes, 49-24, before a sell-out crowd of 28,117 in the Glass Bowl Saturday.

After a slow start, Guadagni threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns, and also extended drives by running the ball. He rallied the Rockets from a 21-0 deficit in the first half to make it a close game before Miami pulled away in the fourth quarter.

Junior Mitchell Guadagni threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns in Toledo’s loss to
No. 21 Miami.

Guadagni hit junior wide receiver Diontae Johnson with a 40-yard TD to cut the lead to 28-21 with 7:39 to play in the third quarter. But the Hurricanes answered with four consecutive touchdowns to put the game away.

Johnson led all receivers with six receptions for 119 yards and two touchdowns.

Guadagni led Toledo rushers with 47 net yards, including 77 yards on runs and minus-30 on sacks.

Miami got on the board on its first possession, a 12-play, 76-yard drive that was capped off by a five-yard quarterback draw by quarterback Malik Rosier. Both teams traded punts for the remainder of the quarter.

Miami made it 14-0 on a 38-yard completion from Rosier to Jeff Thomas with 12:27 left in the second quarter.

Toledo countered with a nine-play drive that stalled on the Miami 25-yard line, but failed to cash in when Jameson Vest’s 42-yard field goal attempt sailed wide right.

The Hurricanes upped the lead to 21-0 a short time later on another rushing TD from Rosier, this time from two yards out.

The game was sold-out; 28,117 fans packed the Glass Bowl.

Toledo got on the scoreboard just before halftime on a seven-yard TD grab by Diontae Johnson from Guadagni with 37 seconds left in the half.

As the sun came out to greet the Rockets to start the third quarter, UT responded on both sides of the ball. The Rocket defense forced a three-and-out on Miami’s first possession, then the offense marched down the field to cut the lead to a touchdown. The big play on the drive was a 31-yard catch and run by Art Thompkins to the Miami five yard line. Thompkins took it in the end zone on the ground on the next play to make the score 21-14.

Miami came right back, however, scoring in five plays to extend its lead to 28-14. The big play on the drive was an over-the-head catch by Jeff Thomas for a 41-yard gain. DeeJay Dallas scored from 19 yards out on a run up the middle on the next play.

The Rockets wouldn’t quit, however, striking quickly on a 40-yard TD from Guadagni to Diontae Johnson to trim the lead to 28-21.

But the Hurricane offense continued to roll, marching 70 yards in 14 plays on their next possession, capped by a five-yard scoring pass from Rosier to Lawrence Cager with 1:28 left in the quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Miami tacked on two more touchdowns to increase its lead to 49-24. Rosier ran for 37 yards for the first score, while Trayone Gray pushed across the goal line from one-yard out.

The Rockets will host Nevada Saturday, Sept. 22, at noon in the Glass Bowl.

Join Komen team for Sept. 30 Race for the Cure

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, and many of those diagnosed won’t have the same access to health-care resources and support.

That’s why The University of Toledo is joining the fight and participating in the 25th annual Komen Northwest Ohio Toledo Race for the Cure Sunday, Sept. 30.

The team, Rocket to a Cure, will be led by Tonya Hoyt, a cardio electrophysiology nurse in the UT Medical Center Heart and Vascular Center. Hoyt was diagnosed with metastatic invasive ductal carcinoma of the breast in August 2017.

“This year has been a rough one getting through chemotherapy, surgery and radiation, along with getting Herceptin and Perjeta every three weeks,” Hoyt said.

The Race for the Cure cause is close to Hoyt.

“I have been a supporter of this event for years, long before I was diagnosed,” she said. “I want to make an impact in the fight against breast cancer and need the help of colleagues and friends.”

Hoyt is inviting members of the UT community to join her at this year’s Race for the Cure. Faculty, physicians, staff and students are welcome to join her by registering for Rocket to a Cure here.

Registration is $30 per adult team member and $25 for survivors.

The event, which will take place between 9:30 and 11 a.m., includes a 5K run, 5K walk and a one-mile family fun walk.

Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. in downtown Toledo at 406 Washington St.

Participants will receive a T-shirt in addition to making a difference in breast cancer care, support and research.

“Your support helps us get one step closer to a world without breast cancer,” Hoyt said.

Vendors, artists: Time to sign up for UT Holiday Bazaar

The Professional Staff Council is accepting applications to participate in The University of Toledo Holiday Bazaar.

The holiday sale will take place Friday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Thompson Student Union Ingman Room.

The fee is $25 per eight-foot table for the one-day event. Proceeds from the vendor fees will benefit an endowed scholarship and progress fund for the Professional Staff Association.

Friday, Sept. 28, is the deadline to submit applications. The application and payment process can all be found here. There will be no refunds of payments.

UT employees that choose to be vendors must receive approval from their supervisors to be away from work and must submit vacation time for the hours spent at the Holiday Bazaar that are during their normal workday.

For any questions or more information, contact Aleiah Jones, program coordinator with the Office of Multicultural Student Success and treasurer for the Professional Staff Council, at aleiah.jones@utoledo.edu.

Environmental reform of Lake Erie topic of Sept. 20 talk

Dr. Timothy W. Davis will discuss environmental reform concerning Lake Erie Thursday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. at the UT Lake Erie Center.

His presentation is titled “Learning From the Past: Improving and Maintaining Water Quality in Western Lake Erie Requires Science, Policy and Endurance.”

Davis is an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Bowling Green State University.

“We focus on Lake Erie because it’s in our backyard,” Davis said, “but harmful algal blooms are a nationwide issue affecting communities from the coast to the Great Lakes, and have broad impacts on our nation’s economy and environment. It’s a difficult problem, but not an impossible one.”

UT students are invited to the free, public event, and a shuttle is being provided to take them from Main Campus to the Lake Erie Center, located at 6200 Bayshore Road in Oregon, Ohio.

The shuttle will depart at 6:15 p.m. from the south side of Bowman-Oddy Laboratories on Towerview Boulevard. Passengers will be returned to Main Campus following the lecture.

Those who wish to ride the shuttle must reserve their spots by Tuesday, Sept. 18, by emailing lakeeriecenter@utoledo.edu or calling 419.530.8360.

UT schedules events to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Several events at The University of Toledo are planned to honor Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.

“Hispanic Heritage Month highlights the contributions of Hispanics/Latinx people in history and contemporary society by bringing awareness to emerging issues,” Aleiah Jones, program coordinator with the Office of Multicultural Student Success, said. “We are excited to bring more than a dozen events to campus this year.”

Listed by date, events facilitated through the Office of Multicultural Student Success and the Latino Student Union include:

Monday, Sept. 17 — Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff Luncheon, noon to 2 p.m., Thompson Student Union Room 2584. Stop by for a free taco bar courtesy of La Michoacana and learn more about Hispanic/Latino student organizations and departments.

Thursday, Sept. 20 — Diamante Awards, 6 p.m., Center for Fine and Performing Arts at Owens Community College. Awards for Latino leadership and achievements in northwest Ohio will be presented at this event, which is co-sponsored by UT, Bowling Green State University, Owens Community College and Lourdes University. Tickets are $75 for the public and $25 for students in advance at eventbrite.com/e/2018-diamante-awards-tickets-48200533092.

Thursday, Sept. 27 — Ted Talk: Latinx Initiatives, 5 p.m., Thompson Student Union Room 2584. The Office of Multicultural Student Success will host a panel discussion on Latinx identities.

Saturday, Sept. 29, through Monday, Oct. 15 — Latinx Comic Book and Graphic Novel Display, Carlson Library Information Commons. Check out the Latinx community’s impact on this literary art form. The exhibit can be viewed during regular library hours: Monday through Thursday from 7:30 to 1 a.m.; Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday from 11 to 1 a.m.

Monday, Oct. 1 — Film Screening, “Gay and Undocumented: Moises Serrano Fights for Justice,” 7:30 p.m., University Hall Room 4280. Follow the story of Serranos, an undocumented gay man living in rural North Carolina.

Wednesday, Oct. 3 — Latino Business Owners Panel, 7 p.m., Scott Park Student Center on Scott Park Campus. Local Latino business owners will share their stories.

Saturday, Oct. 6 — Latino Alumni Affiliate Homecoming Tailgate, 10 a.m., lot 10 north of the Glass Bowl. Psych up for the UT-BGSU football game! Bring a dish to share.

• Monday, Oct. 8 — Film Screening, “Crossing Arizona,” 6 p.m., Carlson Library Room 1005. A panel discussion will be held after the documentary that focuses on illegal immigration and security on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Friday, Oct. 12 — NAMI’s Latino Mental Health Forum, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thompson Student Union Auditorium. The National Association of Mental Illness of Greater Toledo will host its fourth annual forum; this year’s theme is “Emerging Issues in Behavioral Health.” Sessions will examine the impact of trauma, working with families, and the substance abuse epidemic. The event is free, but space is limited; register at eventbrite.com/e/nami-4th-annual-latino-mental-health-forum-emerging-issues-in-behavioral-health-tickets-48606797239.

Sunday, Oct. 14 — Unidos: Keeping Families Together Fundraiser, 5 to 7 p.m., Thompson Student Union Ingman Room. Immigration will be discussed. The event is free, but donations will be accepted at the door to benefit Advocates for Basic Legal Equality of Toledo.

Monday, Oct. 15 — Film Screening, “Frida,” 7:30 p.m., University Hall Room 4280. Watch the biopic drama about surrealist Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.

For more information, click here.

University to host naturalization ceremony for Constitution Day

Nearly 70 people will become U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony Monday, Sept. 17, at 11 a.m. in the Law Center McQuade Auditorium on UT’s Main Campus.

Judge Jack Zouhary of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio will preside over the ceremony, which will celebrate Constitution Day at the University.

“Students, faculty and staff should plan to attend this very moving ceremony celebrating United States citizenship,” said Diane Miller, associate vice president for government relations. “It’s a great reminder of the freedoms we enjoy as citizens of the United States and how that is sought after by people from all over the globe.”

Welcome remarks will be given by UT President Sharon L. Gaber and D. Benjamin Barros, dean of the UT College of Law.

Billy Jeffers, president of the Student Bar Association, will open the court, while Ariel Berger, vice president of the association, will close it.

Andrew Williams, president of Student Government, will read the Pledge of Allegiance.

Guest speakers will be Inma Zanoguera, a graduate student and 2015 UT alumna and former women’s basketball star who won the Sahara Marathon earlier this year, and Benjamin Syroka, a UT law student who clerked for Judge Zouhary.

The UT Concert Chorale will perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” under the direction of Dr. Brad Pierson, assistant professor and director of choral activities in the UT Music Department.

The free, public event is sponsored by the Office of Government Relations and the Center for International Studies and Programs.

For more information on the naturalization ceremony, contact Lisa Byers, executive assistant in the Office of Government Relations, at lisa.byers@utoledo.edu.

Documentary by UT professor to air locally Sept. 16

“Crossing Water — Flint Michigan — 2017,” a documentary about the ongoing water crisis produced by Holly Hey, UT professor of film, will air on WGTE-TV 30 in Toledo Sunday, Sept. 16, at 5 p.m.

Hey, who is also head of the UT Film Program, worked with the nonprofit service organization Crossing Water to highlight the continuing needs and challenges facing the residents of Flint and the social service volunteers who help them. She co-produced the film with Lee Fearnside, a local artist, photographer and film producer.

In July, the National Educational Telecommunications Association contracted with Hey for exclusive public television distribution rights of her film. The program has already aired in a few other markets around the country. The film broadcast regionally for the first time Aug. 11 on WNED in Buffalo, N.Y.

Katherine Larsen senior director of radio/TV programming for WNED said Hey’s film is a “great program on an ongoing issue. Clean water is vital to our communities, especially in the Great Lakes region.”

Flint made national news in 2014 when the city’s emergency manager switched the source of the city’s water, plaguing residents with a host of immediate and toxic problems, including deadly bacteria, outbreaks and deaths from Legionnaires’ disease, and the widespread presence of lead in the city’s drinking water.


In the film, Hey highlights the work of Crossing Water, which brings together social workers and other volunteers to provide water, services, and access to resources to the hardest hit residents of Flint. Hey weaves together multiple stories of Crossing Water volunteers, staff and Flint residents, creating a portrait of what it is like to live within an ongoing systemic disaster.

Michael Hood, executive director of Crossing Water, called the film “a sobering story of the Flint water crisis.”

Hey believes all Americans should care about Flint because it’s a crisis that is indicative of the future for many U.S. communities. According to CNN, more than 5,300 municipalities around the country are in violation of lead rules.

“Eventually, systems will fail in any community, systems essential to human life like water and power. We can’t ignore that we are all vulnerable to such collapse, wherever we live in America,” Hey said.