Activist to discuss gender violence

Connor Reese

Jackson Katz, the creator of a gender violence program entitled “Mentors in Violence prevention,” will speak at an upper school assembly April 20.

Katz’s organization has been heavily marketed by multiple sports leagues and organizations.

“We are lucky to have him coming as he is a vocal activist in the movement against the violence that exists towards women,” Assistant to the Head of the Upper School Michelle Bracken said.

Through the company MacRae Speakers & Entertainment LLC, “[Harvard-Westlake] was able to get him as part of our Denim Day Project in order to raise awareness for violence against women,” Bracken said.

Last year, the Upper School hosted panels and speakers to help raise awareness for Women’s History Month and Denim Day, a day to help raise awareness about the violence against women.

“This year, we wanted to get a speaker. Last year we did panels and speakers, but it was during Activities period so it wasn’t very long or substantial,” Bracken said.

English teacher Malina Mamigonian, head of the Girls Learn International club at the Upper School, suggested him to Bracken as a viable speaker.