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Championing Change: Careers in Combatting Gender-Based Violence and Advancing Equity

Craig Zelizer

September 18, 2023

PCDN is excited to announce the next episode in Season 11 of the Social Change Career Podcast Livestream with Grace Frances on Championing Change: Careers in Combatting Gender-Based Violence and Advancing Equity. With over 20 years at the frontlines of social change, Grace serves as the Director of Community Partnerships at End Violence Against Women International, where she has forged impactful programs like the Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Exam Virtual Practicum. Holding a Master's in Public Administration, she is a relentless advocate for rights, justice, and equity and a more sustainable world.

Why You Should Tune In:

  • Gain career wisdom from a seasoned advocate who has navigated the complex landscape of social justice and policy change.
  • Learn actionable strategies for making a meaningful impact in your career, from entry-level roles to leadership positions.
  • Discover how to build and sustain community partnerships that are the cornerstone of effective change.

In This Episode, We'll Dive Into:

1. Career Wisdom in Advocacy: Grace will share her insights on building a fulfilling career in social justice and advocacy.

2. Innovative Programs for Change: Understand the behind-the-scenes work that goes into forgingpioneering initiatives like the Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Exam Virtual Practicum.

3. Navigating the Advocacy Ecosystem: Grace will discuss how to work effectively across sectors, including law enforcement and community organizations, to create a more equitable world.

4. Working on Complex Challenges and Driving Policy Change: Learn how to tackle intricate issues and influence policy to make a lasting impact.

5. Sustaining Work and Wellbeing: Grace will offer tips on how to maintain your passion and wellbeing in the often long, hard slog of changemaking.

Don't miss this episode packed with career-focused insights and actionable tips to elevate your impact!

How do I attend: The Social Change Career Podcast livestream can be watched on LinkedIn & YouTube. The recording will also be uploaded to our YouTube Channel and converted into an episode of the Social Change Career Podcast.

When: The session will be streamed September 21 at  10 am EST

Why is PCDN doing this? We are committed to helping social impact professionals and students find their path to impactful careers. For those seeking more support, please visit the PCDN Career Campus.

Format: The podcast features interviews led by the PCDN leadership team with our guests. We strongly encourage questions and participation from the audience.


Grace is the Director of Community Partnerships for End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) and leads the collaborative partnership that created the new Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Exam Virtual Practicum. She also focuses on fund development to expand EVAWI’s ability to improve criminal justice and community responses to sexual assault survivors. Grace worked for the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence (FCASV) for 16 years, where she initiated and ran the state’s first trauma-informed sexual assault investigations program for law enforcement, dispatchers, and prosecutors. At FCASV she managed statewide certification of Florida’s 31 sexual assault programs, working with centers to ensure quality service provision.

Grace spent five years as a volunteer advocate supporting sexual assault victims and 11 years as a volunteer counselor for a crisis hotline. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon in Eugene and holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She has also worked as a grassroots environmental advocate, electoral campaign organizer, and legislative policy analyst. Outside of work, Grace is actively involved in her community and a strong advocate for public schools.

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