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Advocacy Grand Rounds: From Bystander to Upstander Training – 1 p.m. ET

January 12 @ 1:00 pm2:00 pm EST

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This event is FREE for all, but CME is only available to DFA Members.  To become a DFA member, please click here.

What can you do when you hear or observe another person being treated with disrespect, and even potential violence? Every one of us encounters acts of discrimination, hate, and bigotry. We cannot be Bystanders to these kinds of incidents.The Bystander to Upstander Advocacy Grand Rounds is a 60-minute introduction to ways to respond to these kinds of unfortunate incidents that concerned bystanders need to know how to respond in safe and impactful ways, whether that is in the exam room, a public space or in your own home.

Featuring speakers Taneeza Islam, JD, Esq. and Jen Dreiske

Taneeza is a first-generation American Muslim immigration lawyer who has called Sioux Falls home since 2012. She began her private immigration law practice in 2013 after receiving a Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship, and in 2017 she co-founded South Dakota Voices for Justice and its sister organization, South Dakota Voices for Peace. SDVFP is an education, legal service, advocacy and rapid response organization lifting the voices of immigrants, refugees and Muslims in SD.  In July of 2021, SDVFP received several grants, including one from the CDC’s VEAP program to provide multilingual vaccine education and organize pop up clinics. As of December 2021, SDVFP has partnered with SD Urban Indian Health and Lewis Drug to administer over 300 vaccines to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color” communities. In October 2020, Taneeza received national recognition “Muslims Making Change” for her COVID-19 efforts in SD by Muslim Advocates.
Jen Dreiske is the Deputy Director of South Dakota Voices for Peace. Her background includes over 19 years of experience as a leader in the criminal justice system. Jen has been presenting and leading complex conversations on inclusion, purpose, and the spiritual tapestry of South Dakota for many years. She is the president of Mt. Zion Congregation synagogue in Sioux Falls, a Billie Sutton Leadership Fellow, and a board member of South Dakota Faith in Public Life. Jen is a mom to a very precocious 7-year-old Jakob and bonus daughter, 15-year-old Sophia.


Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.


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