2016 ASCA Indiana Drive-In

NOTICE: The location of the event on Notre Dame's campus has changed to the LaFortune Student Center. See below for updated parking information.

The University of Notre Dame welcomes colleagues from across the state of Indiana for a day of networking and learning on Thursday, October 20, 2016.   The drive-in has been developed to encourage networking, dialogue and facilitated conversations.  The format for most of the day will be roundtable discussions.  The closing Town Hall session is intended to provide you an opportunity to ask any question on your mind to obtain feedback from your colleagues.


The schedule will offer plenty of opportunities for networking and information sharing.

  • 8:30 - 9:15 AM:  Registration and light continental breakfast at LaFortune Student Center 
  • 9:15:  Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • 9:30 - 10:20:  Session 1 Roundtables (TBA topics based on participant interest)
  • 10:30 - 11:20:  Session 2 Roundtables (TBA topics based on participant interest)
  • 11:30 - 1:15:  Networking lunch and keynote speaker
  • 1:30 - 2:20:  Session 3 Roundtables  (TBA topics based on participant interest)
  • 2:30 - 3:20:  Town Hall Meeting (all participants are welcome to attend a wrap-up session where you can ask any questions with all participants present)
  • 3:30: Campus Tours and/or Wrap-Up Meetings (Space will be provided for those who wish to stay and continue conversations.  Guided tours of Notre Dame's campus will be offered).


Sessions will be held at the LaFortune Student Center, located near the Main Building on "God Quad" in the heart of Notre Dame's campus.

Starbucks in LaFortune Student Center will be open throughout the day.

Lunch will be held in LaFortune Student Center, and participants will have the choice of ordering off the menu from either Subway or SmashBurger.  The cost of lunch is included in the registration fee. 


Notre Dame is located near downtown South Bend, Indiana.  For guests arriving from south of South Bend, plan on the following:

  • Travel north on US Route 31 Business (also known as Indiana 933)
  • After traveling through downtown South Bend and crossing the St. Joseph River, turn right (east) on East Angela Boulevard (you willl see a sign for the University of Nore Dame at the corner of US 31/IN 933 and Angela.
  • Turn left (north) onto Twyckenham Drive
  • Turn left (west) on Bulla Road
  • Parking lot is the first left once you are on Bulla.

If you need assistance with travel directions, please email the Notre Dame staff at ocs@nd.edu and you will be provided insight with the most efficient way to reach campus. A map of campus is available online.


Free parking is available in the visitor parking lot on Bulla Road, near the intersection of Bulla and Twyckenham. 

  • Notre Dame offers a free shuttle that will transport guests from the Bulla parking lot to the Main Building.  
  • LaFortune Student Center is located 100 yards from the Main Building. 
  • The shuttle will depart from the Bulla lot every 15 minutes (:00, :15, :30, :45) between 7:15 AM and 9:15 AM. The shuttle only takes 7 minutes to reach the Main Building.
  • If you need assistance, call the Notre Dame Office of Community Standards 574-631-5551.
  • The shuttle will be available throughout the day to transport guests back to the Bulla parking lot. 


ASCA welcomes Jennifer S. Thuma——Indiana Attorney General’s Office

Jennifer currently serves in the Victim Services Division of the Office of the Attorney General as Deputy Attorney General and Director of Victim Service Programs.   She has provided education and training to thousands of people across the State of Indiana, working often with university staff, education and child and victim advocates, and others.  She wrote a Victim Advocate Guide for the state which will be released in the fall, and developed a Victim Advocate Network of over 500 law enforcement, service providers and others throughout Indiana.   Jennifer has been a key contributor to the first statewide human trafficking report, which will be released in the winter of 2016.   She currently serves as Attorney General’s appointee to the Board of Trustees of the Indiana Criminal Justice which oversees approximately $90 million in funding.   

Jennifer previously served as Education Director for AG Zoeller, and also as Legislative Director for Attorney General Steve Carter from 2001-2004, followed by service as Legislative Director for Governor Mitch Daniels. Continuing with her legislative experience, Jennifer served as a staff attorney in the Indiana House of Representatives for three sessions.  Throughout her years in Indiana state government, she has worked frequently on policy issues involving domestic violence, sexual assault, crimes against children, human trafficking and numerous other victim related subjects. 

In addition to her legislative and policy background, Jennifer played a key role as a committee chair for the statewide IPATH taskforce on human trafficking, coordinating outreach and education efforts, as well as conducting trainings across the state.  Jennifer also taught a human trafficking class for law students studying in Russia through the American Bar Association. She has trained many organizations ranging from law enforcement and prosecutors, to non-profits, and many others, about human trafficking and has been a key speaker at various conferences.   

Jennifer has taught for many years as an adjunct professor at IUPUI in Indianapolis and also previously at Marian University.  She teaches international political science, Middle East Politics, ethics and legal research and writing.  She also speaks, reads and writes French and Arabic. The focus of her research work for her M.A. thesis was Arabic linguistics, law, religion and political science.

Her volunteer efforts include helping refugees for the last several years, focusing on Syrian refugees. She is a graduate and member of Senator Lugar’s Excellence in Public Service Series.   Jennifer has a law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and an undergraduate degree from Butler University, with highest honors in Political Science.  She also studied Arabic at the American University in Cairo and earned her TESL certificate last year (Teaching English as a Second Language).

Jennifer has volunteered for many years on efforts to help refugees, especially in the last years, Syrian refugees.  She served as an active member of the American Bar Association’s Refugee, Middle East and Human Rights Committees in previous years.   She has been an active member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church since 2005 and volunteers regularly for the church.  Previously she served as a school board member for 4 years, and also on the board of a Holocaust Museum.  Jennifer has been active in Holocaust and genocide prevention education efforts and also participates often in inter-faith programs in Indianapolis.

She has traveled throughout the world, from Europe, to many countries in the Middle East, Central and South America.   Jennifer loves languages, cultures, and study of the ancient world and its history, as well as the study of faiths.


Please dress casually for the drive-in. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.


Registration is available on the ASCA website.  Registration fee is only $35 for ASCA members and $45 for non-members. 


If you have any questions about the drive-in conference, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Community Standards at the University of Notre Dame (ocs@nd.edu).