Bio:

Graham Hackett serves as the Prevention and Education Coordinator for Our VOICE, a sexual assault prevention and rape crisis center in Asheville, NC. As a veteran educator, professional speaker, and social justice advocate, Graham has a unique cross-section of experience, enhanced by collaborating with culturally diverse populations. Highlights include 2005, when he designed and led the POETIX program serving juvenile inmates and grade school youth as part of a regional gang-violence prevention effort for over 5 years. Recognizing the power of creativity for social uplift, he then served as Executive Director for the Asheville Area Arts Council in 2010. In 2014, Graham designed and launched the Culture of Consent Project, featuring a touring keynote performance, innovative workshops, and powerful events to communities across the U.S.

Now, in 2018, the keynote performance has evolved to become #WhatNOW, to explore the vital opportunity that #MeToo has provided for improving social conditions everywhere.

Programs:

2017 was a watershed year for the Movement to End Sexual Assault.

Just as the cascade of forced resignations brought down some of the most high-profile players in media, entertainment, and the U.S. Government, the expansive reach of the #MeToo social media campaign ensured that the sexual assault and harassment issue will no longer be excluded from public discourse.

As awareness grows and condemnation of toxic behavior reaches a fever pitch, many are asking, “WHAT NOW?” But there are no easy answers.

Through storytelling, performances, and discussions addressing

  • the scope of the sexual assault issue
  • the sources of toxic narratives in our society and media, and
  • the strategies for creating a culture of consent

The #WhatNow program explores how we came to this unique moment in our country’s history. More importantly, it looks at how we can move our communities towards gender equality and improved safety for all.

Graham was able to pull in our students in with an eclectic mix of keynote delivery, spoken word, harsh realizations, and audience engagement. At the end of his presentation, I felt a strong desire to affect change…. to be a part of the solution.

Joe RichterStudent Involvement Supervisor | Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

Within weeks of hosting a Culture of Consent program, students started taking action to improve campus safety.

Ron KingLead Health Educator | University of West Georgia