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His passion for justice is matched by his skill as a facilitator in leading group discussion and training on issues of social justice.

— Jeff O’Brien, Director, Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) National Program

Biography

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Duane de Four is an educator, media critic and activist with more than twenty years of experience developing strategic initiatives, policies, and curricula as well as facilitating discussions focused on issues ranging from sexual and dating violence prevention, masculinity, privilege, power and accountability to sexual health.

Duane has done this work in a wide variety of settings, including; the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB and NASCAR, all branches of the U.S. Military, colleges and universities across the United States, high schools, middle schools, non-profit and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the US and in Nairobi, Kenya, and youth detention centers. He has also provided expert witness testimony in legislative hearings and domestic violence related cases.

In 2011, Duane was one of six Subject Matter Experts selected to train Air Force Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARCs) to deliver a groundbreaking bystander intervention curriculum that reached over 600,000 Air Force personnel serving around the world. In 2018, as a co-chair of the Massachusetts Governor’s Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence’s Prevention Education Workgroup, Duane led the development of a series of guidelines for administrators focused on preventing sexual and dating violence in educational settings from pre-kindergarten through college.

Duane has appeared on radio and TV programs on NPR, HuffPost Live, and PBS, as well as news reports in a number of states. His work has also been highlighted in domestic and international newspapers. Additionally, his writing has been published in: SLUT: A Play and Guidebook for Combating Sexism and Sexual ViolenceAPEX Magazine and can also be found on HowManly.com, a blog about masculinity in media and culture.

Duane is currently working toward a PhD in Higher Education at UMass Boston, while teaching at Bunker Hill Community College and serving as a member of the MA Governor’s Council on SA/DV and the board of directors at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC).

I particularly enjoyed your presentation… You created a positive, real environment where everyone felt comfortable.

— Staff Sergeant Starla Olson, United States Air Force
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