The Toolbox for Bystander Intervention



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Jennifer gives us a metaphysical “toolbox” to help us intervene and engage in one another’s lives. These tools will guide us to bring peace and human connection to difficult situations, with the intention of preventing violence or providing assistance. In 2001 when the World Trade Center towers fell, Jennifer decided to study other cultures and societies so that she could learn about global peace-building.

She studied abroad in both Japan and Egypt, and received her undergraduate degree in International Relations from the University of the Pacific.

Jennifer spent four years in Texas as a federal law enforcement agent with the United States Border Patrol before moving to Oregon to attend graduate school, where she received a Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution from Portland State University.

She has two sisters, one of whom is her twin! They grew up in Northern California where they attended Catholic school, and learned valuable life sessions from caring grandparents, tree climbing, and Harry Potter.

In her spare time, Jennifer likes to participate in her community. She is a member of the Portland Peace Team, and currently sits on the board of the Oregon Mediation Association.

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Assistance in emergencies, Bystander effect


Social Justice


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