Issues and Advocacy

These workshops explore the issues to develop the awareness, knowledge, and skills necessary to effect social change; they can also include ways in which different campuses have taken action to address these issues. Topics of particular interest include: Sustainability, Political Participation and Action, Economics, Immigration, Corporate and Consumer Responsibility, Human Trafficking and Social Entrepreneurship.


A Federal Budget By and For the People

Jo Comerford and Mattea Kramer, National Priorities Project

Room: LBC 222

U.S. federal spending and revenue decisions have a profound local impact, yet the federal budget process does not include adequate input from the grassroots — especially from students. This workshop will build participants’ capacity to more fully understand and engage strategically and effectively in the U.S. federal budgeting process.

Building a Grad Nation

Cody Ruxton and Student Presenter, America’s Promise Alliance

Room: LBC 44

Every 26 seconds a young person drops out of high school. America’s Promise Alliance has a history of youth engagement and includes ―opportunities to help other – as one of its Five Promises that all youth deserve. Learn how engagement has evolved to support the Alliance’s Grad Nation campaign to mobilize America to end the dropout crisis. It’s a call to action for concerned citizens, businesses, community leaders, policy makers, educators and the nation. With leadership and focus, this is a solvable problem. Young people of all ages have a role to play and many are actively making community change. Discover the resources and energy that can be found from the nation’s largest partnership organization dedicated to improving the lives of young people. Your local work can be part of a national movement! (Level: Beginner/Intermediate)

Global Hunger: The World’s Greatest Solvable Problem

Heather Hanson, World Food Program USA

Room: TBA

This workshop aims to educate student leaders on the basics of international food policy, and more specifically on the important role of the US Government in shaping global policies and programs to end hunger.  Leaders will learn how the system works, and where they can have most influence in the fight against global hunger. (Level: Beginner/Intermediate)

Modern Slavery: How to Break the Chains of the 21st Century

Alicja Duda and co-presenters, Stetson University

Room: LBC 318

Why do forced labor and sex trafficking continue to exist? Who is responsible for the modernization of such injustice and who are the victims? Most importantly, what can we do about it? In this discussion panel consisting of professors, student-representatives, and representatives of human services organizations, we will delve into the issue of modern slavery and its political, cultural, and service-oriented facets:  the role of government policies, modern slavery in the United States and around the world, and how we can fight modern slavery through service.

The poet, the president, and the power of spoken word!

DeeDee Desir, deedee in the city!

Room: TBA

This workshop takes a contemporary look at how some of today’s hottest Spoken word artists (spoken word poets, song writers, and rappers) connect their craft to a cause. With the premise that the artist is accountable to its community, we will focus on helping the up-and-coming and already established artist find/tailor their work to communities and causes that interest them. We explore what different artists have to say about spoken word and its use in the community. DeeDee provides a step by step breakdown of some of the most inspiring work of today. We will work and speak from the premise that the poet is more powerful than the president. Application is important. Community organizers alike will learn how intentionally include various genres of music in their events. The individual artist will learn techniques and points that must be included when trying to convey a message to a larger audience. DeeDee Desir will also perform during this workshop.


Advocacy 201: Beyond Petitions and Emails to Getting Policies Changed

Meredith Dodson, RESULTS

Room: LBC 108

Want to make a big difference? Make it a law.  This workshop will include tips on planning dynamite face-to-face lobby meetings with members of Congress and other policymakers and strategies on building strong relationships with congressional staff. We’ll also do a train-the-trainer session on how to develop powerful speaking skills by creating a “laser talk” on a priority campaign issue and put what we’ve learned into practice with small group roleplays of lobby meetings with elected officials. (Intermediate/Advanced)

Quabbin Mediation

Keely Malone, Susan Wallace, Strong Oak, Activating Bystanders: Giving the Permission to Care

Room: LBC 136

The innovative Training Active Bystanders (TAB) Program teaches people how to safely intervene when they see harmful things happening.  Promoting positive action in the moment reduces harm to the recipient of the harm, the person doing the harm and the campus community as a whole.  Such interventions can be as small as holding the door for someone with an armload of things, to interrupting a hostile moment between two roommates, to preventing the sexual assault of an intoxicated person.   TAB assists campus leaders in defining what types of behaviors are the norm on their campus and how to shift that culture towards one that promotes helping, interconnectedness, and opportunities for social change.  Participants will explore the key elements of the TAB program learning what inhibits positive action and how to overcome such inhibitors.  Participants will also receive information as to how to establish a TAB Training Team on their campus. The TAB program has been implemented in a variety of ways at various colleges ranging from community colleges and state universities, to Mount Holyoke College, and MIT.

FRIDAY, MARCH 30, BLOCK #2, 1:15 PM-2:30 PM


CARE – Global Leaders of Tomorrow; Fighting Poverty through Advocacy and Policy

Margie Lauter, CARE, USA

Room: LBC 223

A significant aspect of CARE’s strategy is using advocacy and policy at local, national, and international levels to address the underlying causes of poverty. With offices in 87 countries across the globe, CARE focuses its efforts on working with marginalized populations, with a specific emphasis on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty.

Through advocacy and taking action in their own communities and universities, students have the unique ability to reach both policymakers and the international communities affected by shifts in our political landscape. Here in the US, CARE has worked with thousands of advocates from across the country to educate their legislators about why foreign aid counts, organize events, and mobilize advocates to have a real impact on US Government policies that impact foreign assistance to the poorest communities. CARE is one of the few International NGO’s that has a highly affective and working system for national advocacy that engages passionate and committed citizens throughout the nation.

In a presentation including short videos, interactive demonstrations, examples of how advocacy and policy change has impacted lives, and question and answers, students will learn about CARE’s programmatic work across the world, how advocacy plays such a crucial role in combating global poverty and improving the lives of the world’s most marginalized populations, and how students are positioned to make a real impact. Students will learn how they can take action themselves to contribute directly to ending global poverty.

Caught Red-Handed: Justicia en tus Tomates

Angelica Millan and Jersten Tubalado, Stetson University

Room: LBC 318

Though the extent of slavery in Florida agriculture has diminished over the centuries, one thing has remained constant: farm workers have always been, and remain today the state’s poorest, least powerful workers. This workshop will focus on the background and history of modern day slavery and what students at Stetson are currently doing to empower farm workers. Students will be introduced to local farm workers and given an opportunity to hear personal stories. Students will also leave with concrete ideas and strategies for spreading awareness about this issue.

“Deficit Reduction” Could Harm Millions in Poverty, Your Voice Is Needed!

Meredith Dodson and Tavia Benjamin, RESULTS

Room: LBC 317

“Deficit reduction” threatens core social programs and the low- and moderate-income people who rely on them.  The change in the political climate raises a serious risk that policymakers may start down a path of dealing with the nation’s long-term fiscal problems in ways that increase poverty and inequality and widen economic disparities between racial and ethnic groups.

This workshop will highlight the threats to early childhood development programs: Head Start, a federally funded preschool program that provides comprehensive services to low-income children and their parents; Early Head Start, a child development program for pregnant women and low-income families with infants and toddlers; and the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) which provides child care assistance to low-income families. Unfortunately, Head Start serves less than 50 percent of eligible preschoolers, Early Head Start serves less than 5 percent of all eligible families, and CCDBG serves only one out of seven eligible children. With a series of automatic cuts through a process called “sequestration” looming, programs like these face serious cuts in the years ahead.

We’ll also discuss the threats to other key safety net programs including Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps) and child nutrition programs.

With the new Congress pushing for drastic and indiscriminate budget cuts, these programs need activists to push back against reckless policies. Join us to learn more about what Congress is considering in the name of “deficit reduction” and how you can make an impact on the debate!

Faith in Action: Being a Faith-based Activist Ending Poverty

Lisa Marchal, RESULTS/RESULTS Educational Fund

Room: LBC 319

Are you a person of faith and want to figure out how to be a better advocate for justice and the end of poverty? In this workshop, we will talk a bit about what faith-based advocacy looks like (focusing on global poverty as our issue) and help you determine how to connect with other faith-based individuals, communities, and organizations to amplify your advocacy.

Strengthening Group Culture by Discussing and Preventing Abuse

Alexandra Fields, Nastassia Lane, Dulcenaya Loux, Samantha Jackson, Samm Fairlie, Stacey Andre, Omar Burton, and Tysheda Williams, Burlington County College Bonner AmeriCorps Program

Room: LBC 220

This interactive workshop led by college students and faculty will explore the various forms of abuse that children and adults face as well as how participants can tackle these issues within their communities.  Specific topics discussed will include domestic violence, child abuse, racism, bullying, and LGBT bullying. Participants will listen to the presenters’ experiences with each of these issues and will share their own stories through interactive activities and discussions.  By the end of this workshop, participants will leave with an understanding of how prevalent each of these issues is within our nation as well as with strategies for tackling one or more of these issues within their communities and organizations.

Wait! Are you really throwing that in the trash?

Blake Johnson, Kaitlyn Lord, Yvonne Barbosa, Demiko Reece and Vernon Gair, University of Illinois Springfield

Room: LBC 222

Participants in this workshop will gain historical knowledge on sustainability through different knowledge of policies surrounding the ideology of sustainability. This workshop will also give participants insight on major global and national suitability issues that impact our planet such as the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, Easter Island in the southeastern Pacific ocean, as well as current laws and programs which support sustainability and universities around the nation leading in sustainability. As we enter the year 2012, we feel it is important for future leaders of the world to become aware of the consequences of their actions and become more aware of how we are depleting our earth. We want to give a unique perspective that promotes global citizenship and protection of our planets natural resources. We hope each participant will take something from this workshop and make the world a cleaner and safer place, by simply making small changes in the way they live. We also hope participants will be able to understand the impact on different nations and people around the world, and how being more sustainable can help.

 FRIDAY, MARCH 30, BLOCK #3, 4:45 PM-6:00 PM


The High Road to Victory: Community Labor Organizing on Campus

Vail Kohnert-Yount, Georgetown University

Room: LBC 318

Last winter saw a pivotal moment in labor history, as workers and students flooded the capital of Wisconsin to protest the curtailing of bargaining rights for public workers. At the same time, at Georgetown University, another such labor moment occurred, albeit much more modest. After long underground campaign organized by students motivated by Georgetown’s Catholic and Jesuit values, the 200 campus dining service workers won recognition from Aramark, their employer, whose $12 billion annual revenue makes it one the largest service providers in the nation. The workers, most of whom are black or Latino, have become members of Unite Here, a leading union of service workers, without anyone losing their job or a single day of work. This model of worker organizing represents a new strategy of “community unionism,” whereby members of university communities can mount victorious campaigns for worker justice by organizing around shared community values. This workshop will use the Georgetown campaign as a case study to investigate and teach strategies and practices of successful organizing, lessons that can be extended beyond a labor context and applied to any issue campaign. (Level: Beginner/Intermediate)

Youth and Social Entrepreneurship

Alec Lynn, Michigan Center for 21st Century Teaching & Learning, EllaKate Wagner (Michigan State University Student), and Deborah Wagner (Director of Grants & Special Projects – Ionia County Intermediate School District)

Room: LBC 317

Youth and Social Entrepreneurship is a youth led workshop developed by young people to teach youth how to effectively manage themselves throughout the volunteer experience. Youth and Social Entrepreneurship is an active and exciting look into the world of youth entrepreneurship and how youth councils can succeed through volunteerism. Our workshop focuses on the main factors affecting youth in today’s volunteerism community including youth voice, youth entrepreneurship, partnerships, asset mapping, and generational stereotypes and barriers.

Through our workshop, youth and adults will learn the importance of youth voice and how entrepreneurship would be virtually impossible without it. Youth voice sparks an opportunity for leadership to develop in young adults, which is what leads to social investments for today’s future.

Through our presentation, attendee’s will have the opportunity to indulge themselves into the young trending topic of social entrepreneurship and its growing popularity around the world in a variety of cultures. Social Entrepreneurship is a prevalent topic in the volunteerism community due to the fact that social entrepreneurs identify social problems in their communities and solve the problems using their entrepreneurial skills. (Level: Beginner/Intermediate)

Roosevelt Thinks | 2040

Dante Barry, Roosevelt Institute Campus Network

Room: LBC 220

Roosevelt strives to problem solve in local communities in ways that make a tangible impact in people’s lives.  By focusing on 2040, the Roosevelt Thinks conversations are able to transcend present day politics and focus instead on long term problems and the corresponding root causes.  This workshop provides an introduction to Roosevelt’s model by discussing values, formulating outcomes and solutions, and defining policy.  This is the first component of the Roosevelt Thinks training curriculum.


Engaging Immigration: Campus, Community, and World

Joanna Foote, Georgetown University

Room: LBC 222

This workshop looks at immigration issues from a campus, community, and international level. Participants will learn about how immigration issues are relevant to their campus community both in student backgrounds and in on-campus employees. The presentation will look at local needs based on the different settings and locations of colleges. It will provide local ways that colleges can partner with community organizations or begin their own programs. Finally, it will explore larger implications of immigration – including border crossings and deportations – and how colleges are relevant to these issues.

This presentation will provide tools, suggestions and programs for colleges to become involved in every level. We will think creatively about pursuing not only direct service opportunities but also immersion trip experiences, research as a tool to community advocacy and learning, and alternative study abroad that focuses on service to immigrants. Participants by the end of this workshop should have an understanding of best practices and be able to realistically consider their university resources and the situation of their surrounding community to expand work in immigration on every level through an integrated programmatic approach. There will be time in the workshop for participants to generate specific proposals for their universities.

Creating a nation with less poverty: Join Half in Ten and restore shared prosperity!

Katie Wright, Half in Ten Campaign

Room: LBC 319

Record numbers of Americans are struggling with poverty, hunger, and job loss. Contrary to the mistaken views of some, it doesn’t have to be this way. Half in Ten has a plan to cut poverty in America, and we need your help! We’ve come together as a nation to do this several times in our history—it’s time to redouble our effort.

In this session, Katie Wright, Research Associate for the Half in Ten Campaign at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, will describe the breadth and depth of poverty in America, Half in Ten’s plan to cut poverty, and concrete action steps and tools advocates can use to build the public will to reach this achievable goal.

Using interactive online tools, participants will learn the facts about the problem of poverty and debunk common myths that so often pervade the policy debate. Katie will then discuss Half in Ten’s plan to cut poverty in half–the indicators the campaign will be tracking over the next ten years as well as the policy changes that will reduce poverty and create good jobs, strengthen families and communities, and promote economic security.

A major component of this session will be a discussion of action steps students engaged in service can take to stand up for low-income families and children, including an in-depth look at the important roles of personal stories and state-specific data in engaging members of congress and presidential candidates, and how we can use social media to create an echo chamber on poverty and opportunity.

Half in Ten is a joint project of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, the Coalition on Human Needs, and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 2012, BLOCK #4, 9:00 AM-10:30 AM


Being a Global Citizen: Raising Awareness, Making an Impact on Issues of Child Survival and Development

Taruna Sadhoo, US Fund for UNICEF

Room: LBC 318

UNICEF has saved more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization in the world. Working in more than 150 countries, UNICEF provides children with health care, clean water, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s work through fundraising, advocacy, and education in the United States.

UNICEF is at the forefront of efforts to reduce child mortality worldwide. There has been substantial progress: the annual number of under-five deaths dropped from nearly 13 million in 1990 to 7.6 million in 2010. But still, 21,000 children die each day from preventable causes. Our mission is to do whatever it takes to make that number zero by giving children the essentials for a safe and healthy childhood. However, we cannot achieve this goal alone.

This workshop will provide participants with an understanding of UNICEF’s work abroad and the opportunity to analyze how campus students, as agents of change and global citizens, play a vital role in addressing this largely silent crisis. We encourage you to join us to learn more about the awareness, knowledge, and skills needed to impact UNICEF’s life-saving work abroad. Participants will obtain a better understanding of how participating campuses throughout the U.S. have taken action to address issues of child survival and development through advocacy, education and awareness building initiatives. During the workshop, participants will discuss the importance of global citizenship and how, as global citizens, they can strengthen their role and impact. (Cross-listed Building and Sustaining Campus-based Community Service Programs )

Care about Poverty? You Need to Understand Tax Policy

Meredith Dodson and Allison Burket, RESULTS

Room: LBC 317

What program moves more Americans out of poverty than any other? A little something called the “EITC”. This year, Congress will consider whether to continue provisions in the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit for low-income working families as a part of a massive tax package. For low-income individuals and families, tax policy can be a very constructive tool for increasing income. RESULTS strongly supports tax policies that work to help lift and keep people out of poverty. These include expanding tax credits to reach more people in poverty and investing more resources in policies that help low-income persons build wealth. We’ll talk about how these policies are making a difference, opportunities to strengthen supports of families living in poverty through the tax code, and the threats to EITC and other programs as a part of Congress’ work to reduce the federal budget deficit.

We’ll also discuss how tax policies widen the distance between the wealthy and everyone else, and how policy proposals in Congress could widen the wealth gap further.  Join us to learn more about what why tax policy matters and how you can fight for a fair tax code that benefits everyone and is used to help create wealth, rather than concentrating it.

Strategic Questioning – Personal Discernment and Social Action

Ryland White and Mary Kay Sigda, SIT Graduate Institute

Room: LBC 223

Participatory Decision-Making is an experientially based workshop that will assist participants in deciding when and how to use a participatory approach to creating sustainable solutions to problems. This workshop will present and work through the steps of the Participatory Model of Decision-Making designed by Sam Kaner and incorporating the values of full participation, mutual understanding, inclusive decisions, and shared responsibility. It will offer an opportunity to not only increase awareness of skill involved in facilitating participatory decisions but also a raised awareness of how often our own lack of full engagement through difficult phases of the process results in unsustainable decisions. (Cross-listed with Career Development and Professional) (Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)

Nativism on Campus

Catharine Debelle, Center for New Community

Room: LBC 222

The issue of immigration today is paramount because it comprises the question of who is an American. By the year 2050, one out of five Americans will be foreign born. Latino and Asian communities will increase significantly. There will be no clear racial or ethnic majority. We will become a nation of minorities. Today’s perceptions of foreignness will challenge how Americans identify themselves over the coming decades. In light of these responses to changing demographics nativist organizations have begun to form coalition spread their rhetoric in both major media and progressive circles. A key component of the nativist agenda  is to propose and endorse legislation which limits the freedoms of education.

This workshop will identify anti-immigrant ideologies, explore why progressive sectors are vulnerable to the anti-immigrant movement, and discuss strategies for countering their influence. The workshop will focus on the current influential groups, individuals and organizations attempting to work on college campuses.

By the end the work-shop participants should be informed about the prominence of nativist organization and their influences. Participants should also be able to move forward form this workshop prepared to share this information with their home college campuses and actively combat anti-immigrant presence leading to a more diverse and inclusive environment.


Human Rights:  From Education to Action

Ellen Firestone, Global Education Motivators

Room: TBA

The purpose of this workshop is to educate participants on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Born out of the atrocities and enormous loss of life during World War II, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was created by the United Nations to provide a common understanding of what everyone’s rights are.  It forms the basis for a world built on freedom, justice and peace.  Once participants are familiar with each of the 30 human rights, they will be asked to decide which rights they feel most strongly about and then discuss ways and develop a plan for how they can serve in those areas.  When human rights are not well known by people, abuses such as discrimination, intolerance, injustice, oppression and even human trafficking can arise.

Making Peace from Privilege: Peer Leadership from Above & Below

Maya Pisel, Macalester College

Room: LBC 319

Students from poor families and poor communities have important opportunities in academic and professional settings to open space for ideas and relationships. This workshop invites students to engage their whole selves in order to connect communities in peace and justice. What histories do you carry, who follows you, and where? Sharing experiences and building relationships between privileged and underprivileged friends, we can be peer leaders from two directions. This workshop will draw from the work of Circles of Peace in St. Paul, Minnesota: the “Inner Circle” of young people in the juvenile justice system and their families, and the “Outer Circle” of college students concerned and impacted by youth violence and incarceration. Unlike service-based or academic-based programs, the Outer Peace Circle unites college students to share and change our own experiences and choices as community members. This premise, as well as the model of the “Circle,” reveals personal, community, and structural relationships that are too often invisible. Asking “What does it mean to live in peace?” we realize many currents of violence among us. Participants will explore their community roles, experiences, and responsibilities. They will learn about the goals, format and challenges of the Circles of Peace and opportunities to engage peers in their own communities.

SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 2012 BLOCK #5 10:45 AM-12:00 PM


“Diversity”: Finding Common Ground

Shannon Ousley, Palm Beach State Community College

Room: LBC 319

Today people judge others just by what they see on the outside and don’t take the time to get to know some else personally. This exercise will show everyone what they have in common with one another and find a place that I like to call “Common Ground.”

Stop Hunger Now!

Jan Rivero, Stop Hunger Now Program Manager, Stop Hunger Now

Room: LBC 318

Among the results of food insecurity are hunger and hunger-related illness.  Hunger is the one issue that, if properly addressed, can enable the achievement of all eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals.  Stop Hunger Now is an international (non-sectarian) humanitarian relief organization with a vision of a world without hunger, and a mission to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-saving aid to the world’s most vulnerable.  In this workshop you will learn facts about hunger and how school feeding programs are transforming lives around the world.  A hands-on project will engage participants in providing one short-term solution with long-term implications, a project that can be replicated and utilized on your campuses in your fight against hunger.

Truths on Trafficking

Ashely Bachelder and Hilary Trudell, Clinton School of Public Service, University of Arkansas

Room: LBC 222

There are many misconceptions about the issue of human trafficking in the United States. This workshop will explore the complexity, gravity and prevalence of human trafficking and how this abuse of human rights exists all around us. Through interactive role playing and in-depth discussions, participants will explore the challenges that advocates face and the impossible situations in which victims find themselves. The session will end with a brainstorming session of possible action steps concerning how participants can bring this information to their communities and campuses and how they can make a difference.


From Puerto Rico to Italy: Building Blocks to Service-Learning

Gabrielle Fonrouge, Moges Beyene, and Annysa Rodriguez, St. John’s University

Room: LBC 317

This workshop will provide a look at how the Ozanam Scholars program has helped empower, engage, and mobilize the scholars who participated in an intense service trip to Puerto Rico. They were able to use their experiences in Puerto Rico to create a sustainable service-learning project that assisted the Roma children in Rome, Italy. The workshop will show how pre-training leadership workshops, service, and reflection became the catalyst for a 10-week computer literacy project, a documentary, and a mentoring program that the Ozanam Scholars are now developing while studying abroad in Rome.

SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 2012, BLOCK #6, 3:15PM-4:30 PM


For the Future of a Girl

Lisa Marchal, RESULTS/RESULTS Educational Fund

Room: LBC 317

This workshop will look at the issue of global poverty as it relates to access to basic education and treatment/prevention of TB and HIV/AIDS through the lens of a girl’s perspective.

Transitioning from Foster Care to College Living

Amber Lee, Alyssa Logan, and Rhea Dunder, University of Alaska Anchorage

Room: LBC 318

Casey Family Programs—the nation’s largest operating foundation focused on foster care and the child welfare system—reported that only 7-13% of young adults in foster care attend college. Of those that do, only 2% graduate with a Bachelor’s degree, compared to 24% of the entire adult population. ( To address this issue, the University of Alaska Anchorage partnered with Alaska’s Office of Children’s Services to establish “Campus Connections.” This mentoring program is designed to be a resource for students attending UAA while transitioning to independent living. The workshop will discuss the issues facing youth in foster care and the troubles they encounter during this transition. Through activities that put participants in the shoes of students and mentors, allowing a new perspective, the workshop will engage participants in interactive dialogue. This workshop will also provide skills and information about how a university can act as a resource to ease the student transition from foster care, using examples of existing programs in the northwest.

SUNDAY, APRIL 1, 2012, BLOCK #7, 9:00 AM-10:30 AM



Education Under Fire

Jessica Price, Stetson University

Room: Stetson Room

Education Under Fire (EUF) addresses the Iranian government’s denial of the right to education for ideological and religious reasons. Beyond the goal of encouraging specific action in order to mitigate the effects of these policies in Iran, EUF is encouraging conversations on university campuses and within communities around the country in order to raise awareness of and shine a light on the importance of defending Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which guarantees education as an inalienable right of every human being.

“The Big Eight” and Beyond:  Social Justice Education “to go”

Clay Grego, Allegheny College

Room: LBC 317

Do you know who you are?  How about: what does it mean to be who you are?  While these questions might be a throwback to the timeless classics that we asked when lying under a blanket of stars in the night sky, they are questions that take on a whole new significance when you are presented in the face of a challenge that has the power to stop you in your tracks.  It is through developing a stronger awareness of “who you are” and “how others perceive you” that a person can empower themselves to make more effective approaches at unearthing the causes of problems at hand.  Join us in this workshop where participants will begin to scratch the surface of defining “social justice” and discuss what it takes to be an instrument of social change. (Level: Beginner/Intermediate)

The End of Poverty? Raise Your Voice!

Lisa Marchal, RESULTS/RESULTS Educational Fund

Room: LBC 223

Think you can’t do anything about ending poverty?  You’re wrong!  Come explore some basics of what it means to be a global poverty advocate.

The Power of Potential: Engaging Your Assets for Sustainable Communities

Cam Hebda and Jane Amstey, Rochester Institute of Technology

Room: LBC 318

Are you someone who can identify a community’s potential where others cannot? If so, you are on your way to becoming a successful social entrepreneur! This interactive workshop will teach you how real-life social entrepreneurs used community gardening in a low-income urban neighborhood to help create social capital and a sustainable community. The venture called “Field to Table” was born from resident visionaries in urban Rochester, New York who wanted to address the issues of health, youth employment and youth development. Their efforts resulted in the establishment of a children’s community garden and a sustainable summer program. Field to Table combines university, non-profit, and resident leaders with local college and high school students to serve neighborhoods. It has successfully brought a safe environment, healthy eating, physical education, the arts, and gardening skills to youth ranging from 4-16. We will examine the successes and challenges of this social venture as you learn how residents, universities, and non-profits can engage in a co-equal partnership to address community issues. You will find out how one of the university students created a separate initiative to involve other university students in the work of addressing the same community issues. In the workshop participants will learn about Asset Based Community Development, and conduct a personal asset inventory. Participants will work in small groups to solve a “real world” community issue by connecting with others to creatively mobilize their unique skills and talents.


Food justice and Feeding the World in 2050

Adam Olson and Niea Gardner, Oxfam America

Room: LBC 222

Our global food system is failing. We produce enough food for all, yet one in seven people go hungry. Urgent reform is needed to eliminate chronic hunger today and to meet the challenge of 2050, when population is expected to reach 9 billion. Practical solutions are available, but the opposition to change is entrenched. Growing to the challenge will require each of us to make an impact in our communities for food justice.This empowering workshop, based on Oxfam International’s GROW campaign, introduces the roots of the food crisis, inspiring solutions to it, and exciting ways you can help set a table for 9 billion.


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