• Student Activities & Leadership Development
  • Student Activities & Leadership Development
  • Student Activities & Leadership Development
  • Student Activities & Leadership Development
  • Student Activities & Leadership Development
  • Student Activities & Leadership Development
  • Student Activities & Leadership Development
  • Student Activities & Leadership Development

Social Justice Leadership Conference 2009

March 28th, 2009 - Schedule

PRE-REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE AT 4:00 PM ON FRIDAY MARCH 27. COME TO THE DANIEL FAMILY COMMONS ON MARCH 28TH TO REGISTER IN PERSON

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9:30am-10am - Registration
Daniel Family Commons


11:00-11:50 - Session Block Two

Online Organizing: Using Email & the Internet to Build Movements & Create Change
Gabriel Rey-Goodlatte - www.colorofchange.org

Online organizing is an increasingly powerful and effective form of building grassroots campaigns and movements for social and political change. This session will provide an overview of online organizing strategies and tactics by looking at examples from the work of ColorOfChange.org and other online advocacy organizations. The session will focus on how to effectively organize and motivate people to take action using email, online petitions, and other tactics.

ColorOfChange.org is the largest African-American online political organization in the country, with over half a million members, and has been active in pursuing justice for the Jena 6, confronting race-baiting at Fox News, advocating for survivors of Hurricane Katrina, fighting voter suppression, and around many other issues.

Leading the Fight: Influencing Others to Act in Support of a Greater Cause
Steve Rumery - Leadership Research Institute

This workshop will focus on the fundamentals of leading and managing people within the context of organizations geared towards social movements. Tips will be shared on how to achieve and maintain your optimal state of leadership as well as how to nurture and sustain your organization throughout its lifecycle.

Overcoming Difficulties & Fear of Political Incorrectness in Discussing Issues of Identity
Alan Berkowitz

College students nationally and at Wesleyan say that they want to have conversations and relationships across differences, but that it is often difficult to do so.  Wesleyan students from both dominant and minority groups express fears of being hurt or attacked as a result of speaking openly.  Fear of being “politically incorrect” is pervasive and inhibiting.  At the same time, Wesleyan students have an unusually high degree of awareness of social justice issues in comparison with other campuses.  How can this knowledge and awareness be channeled into productive conversations?What are some guidelines for respectful dialogue that honors the fact that individuals may occasionally express themselves in unintentionally hurtful ways?   This session will help us understand our fears about discussing social justice issues and offer ideas for how to have difficult conversations that are meaningful, productive, and enlightening.

12:00-1:20 - Lunch - Includes a Performance by the Bread & Puppet Theater

1:30-2:20 - Session Block Three

Radical Accessibility: Ableism and Social Justice Organizing
Allegra Stout, Nicole Lai and Susanna Myrseth - Students for Disability Rights

In this interactive workshop, participants will explore preconceptions and assumptions surrounding the idea of usefulness and its relation to activism. Through discussion and activities facilitated by members of Wesleyan Students for Disability Rights, workshop participants will work towards envisioning a model of an accessible, dynamic, engaged organizing community.

The Challenges of Social Justice Work
Ron Krom - St. Vincent DePaul Place

Speaking from the perspective of the Executive Director of St. Vincent DePaul Place, Mr. Ron Krom will talk of his work with St. Vincent DePaul Place, specifically targeting the ways in which St. Vincent's has been able to broaden its reach from a small branch of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich's outreach program to a multi-program social institution of Middletown, how they manage to serve without prejudice, and how St. Vincent's navigates the waters of social justice as a religious-based non-profit organization.

Food Justice, Community, & Growing Our Own
Dayna Locitzer, Sarah Leitson, &  Abe Bobman - Long Lane Farm

This session will discuss the work that Long Lane Farm does in the Middletown Community. We will talk about food insecurity in Middletown and what Long Lane has done in the past and what the group will be doing in the future to address that issue. We will also talk about Farm Education and the importance of experiential learning in our education system. Long Lane has participated in various educational programs in Middletown surrounding local and organic food production. We will then open the floor to discussion about Wesleyan's relationship with Middletown and what can be done about creating a more positive community between the two parties. We will use the Long Lane Farm student group as one example of interaction between the University and the City. After describing all of the programs Long Lane Farm does with Middletown, it will provide the group an opportunity to discuss the appropriateness of this relationship and an opening to bring in new ideas to this very pressing issue in the Middletown community.

2:30-3:20 - Session Block Four

Fueling Change: Vegetable Oil as an Alternative Fuel for Vehicles and Home Heating
Josh Hamilton - Usdan University Center

This session will:
-Examine the problems with diesel fuel and home heating oil. Not available to all people(social justice)

-Describe the major obstacles to using Vegetable oil as an alternative fuel.

-Explain the two options for using vegetable as a fuel a. biodiesel b. convert vehicle or furnance

-Demonstrate the process from Vegetable oil recovery, filtering and dewatering the vegetable oil, filling vehicle, Startup, Smelling the exhaust (smells like French fries!)

Exposing the Exploitation
Marsha Jean-Charles - Ujamaa & Njeri Parker - Manhattenville College

This session will be a dialogue on the portrayal of stereotypical Black and Latino characters in visual media outlets that propagate the belief in said stereotypes and ensure that the images and ideas that one grasps are ones that are inherently detrimental to social progression.

Ableism Dance Workshop
Sara Beth Rosenberg

THIS SESSION WILL CONTINUE INTO SESSION BLOCK FIVE

Ableism is used to describe discrimination against people with disabilities in favor of people who are not disabled. Western dance culture largely perpetuates social notions that idealize the young able body and discriminate against and exclude the less-abled body.
This workshop will use dance that includes and accepts a wide range of disabilities (ranging from limitations in movement to limitations in the senses) as a platform to discuss and imagine a less ableist world.

3:30-4:20 - Session Block Five

Online Organizing: Using Email & the Internet to Build Movements & Create Change
Gabriel Rey-Goodlatte - www.colorofchange.org

Online organizing is an increasingly powerful and effective form of building grassroots campaigns and movements for social and political change. This session will provide an overview of online organizing strategies and tactics by looking at examples from the work of ColorOfChange.org and other online advocacy organizations. The session will focus on how to effectively organize and motivate people to take action using email, online petitions, and other tactics.

ColorOfChange.org is the largest African-American online political organization in the country, with over half a million members, and has been active in pursuing justice for the Jena 6, confronting race-baiting at Fox News, advocating for survivors of Hurricane Katrina, fighting voter suppression, and around many other issues.

The Racial Beads of Your Life
Elisa Del Valle - Student Activities & Leadership Development & Joanne Rafferty - Usdan University Center

This workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to construct a bead diagram of the relationships in their lives. Is it meant to encourage participants to notice and reflect on the consequences of the relationships they have and their racial awareness and intercultural competencies.  Levels and types of oppression will be infused throughout the activities and students will be encouraged to challenge their own thoughts and perceptions.
Ableism Dance Workshop
Sara Beth Rosenberg

CONTINUED FROM SESSION BLOCK FOUR

4:30-5:00 - Get Connected: Justice and Leadership Networking

*Social justice served with a side of coffee and networking.* Members of social justice organizations, leadership organizations, and student justice groups will represent themselves at this tabling event. Participants will include:

*Anti Defamation League
*Color of Change
*CT Working Families
*Leadership Research Institute
*Student Activities and Leadership Development
*Others

8:30-9:30 - Participate in Global Earth House by turning off your lights.
Learn more at www.earthhour.org