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Women of Color Task Force Conference

"In Her Shoes: A Step Toward Common Ground"

DCADV's Women of Color Task Force presents a compelling and powerful forum for men and women of diverse backgrounds who share the vision of eradicating the systemic problem of intimate partner abuse. The goal of this conference is the bridge the gap and increase the dialogue between faith-based communities, social service professionals, and survivors of domestic violence.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (registration begins at 8:30)

Embassy Suites Hotel
Newark/Wilmington South
654 South College Avenue
Newark, DE 19713

Cost: FREE*
Registration is required and seating is limited.
Deadline for registration is Friday, September 7.

Register now to reserve your seat!

Keynote Speakers

Minister Pamela Davis, LCSW, ICADC

Pamela DavisMinister Pamela Davis is a native of Chester, Pennsylvania, who has resided in Wilmington, Delaware, since 1971. Minister Pam is a Teacher, Educator, and Therapist. She was educated in the Red Clay Consolidated School System of Wilmington, Delaware. She received her Bachelors Degree in Behavioral Science from Wilmington University and her Masters Degree in Social Work from Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania. Minister Pam continued strengthening her knowledge in the social work field by becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an Internationally Certified Addictions Counselor. In 2004, Minister Pam founded Destiny House, Inc. The purpose of Destiny House is to provide a safe haven where women can be healed and restored from traumatizing experiences and/or self-destructive lifestyles.

Minister Pam was licensed to preach the Gospel in 1997 and she is currently a Minister at New Life Ministries International in Chester, Pennsylvania, under the leadership of Apostle Dr. Joyce E. Scott.

Rev. Zulma Cruz de Escabí, LGSW, ACSW

Zulma Cruz de EscabiRev. Zulma Cruz de Escabí was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. She has a Bachelors degree in Arts with a concentration in Psychology and a Masters degree in Social Work, both obtained at the University of Puerto Rico.

Zulma has worked as a program manager for diverse populations in the areas of mental health and addictive disorders, as well as with inmates in correctional facilities. She is a certified Substance Abuse Help Professional and an “Academy Certified Social Worker.” Zulma is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and an active member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. In addition, Zulma has taught social work at undergraduate and graduate levels at various universities in Puerto Rico.

For several years, Zulma has worked as a business consultant and trainer, developing awareness of the service culture in a business with the Hispanic population in the Caribbean and Central America. She also works as a Social Worker in the Department of Social Services in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.

Zulma is an ordained member of the Federal Police Chaplains, based in Puerto Rico, and is affiliated with the Church of God Chaplains Commission. In addition, Zulma is an ordained minister with the Church of God.

Zulma has worked as a counselor in churches for more than two decades. She has developed conferences, workshops, and retreats to help the Christian population to cope with challenges in life. She is affiliated with the California-based Alberto Mottesi Evangelistic Association (AMEA) and is the International Sub-Director of the “Salvemos La Familia” department. In this role she has offered her services to churches in the Caribbean, Mexico, Colombia, New York, Virginia, and Maryland.

Women of Color Task Force "Your Work Matters to Us" Award
to be presented to Quincy Lucas of Delaware's Witney's Lights

Conference Schedule


8:30-9:00  Registration

9:00-10:10  Welcome and Morning Keynote Address by Pamela Davis, LCSW, ICADC

10:10-10:20  Testimonial and Reading from My Pain Was Not in Vain by Doris Thomas

10:20-10:35  Break

10:35-12 noon  In Her Shoes Activity and Debrief


12 noon-1:00 p.m.  On your own*


1:00-2:00  Afternoon Keynote Address by Zulma Cruz de Escabí, LGSW, ACSW

2:00-3:05  Panel Discussion, moderated by Pat Pettaway Ward

3:05-3:20  Break

3:20-3:35  Delaware Resources, presented by Diane Carroll

3:35-3:45  Testimonial and Performance of I CAN! by Matred Conaway

3:45-4:00  Closing Words and Award Presentation by Carolyn Morgan, Chair of the Women of Color Task Force

4:00-4:30  Informal Networking Opportunity


*Due to funding restrictions, we are unable to provide lunch at the conference. Embassy Suites will be providing a buffet lunch for $12; tickets will be available the morning of the conference for interested attendees. The buffet will include salad, dressings, make-your-own-sandwich buffet of deli meats and cheeses, bread basket, condiments, grilled vegetables, pasta salad, potato chips, cookies, and beverages. Outside food is prohibited.

Funding for this conference was made possible by the Delaware Criminal Justice Council.