• 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
  • Student Activities & Leadership Development
  • Student Activities & Leadership Development
2010 Social Justice Leadership Conference

Social Justice Leadership Conference
2010 Schedule

9:30AM Registration & Breakfast
 
Usdan 300
10:00AM Radical Accessibility and Social Justice Organizing
presented Wesleyan Students for Disability Rights
 
Fayerweather 106
10:00AM Navigating the 7C's of Deep-End Leadership
presented by Shawn Dove '84 from the Open Society Institute
 
Usdan 108
10:00AM Permaculture Fundamentals
presented by Lisa DePiano
 
Usdan 110
11:25AM Student-Labor Solidarity: What Works, What Doesn't
presented by Katie Harrison
 
Fayerweather 106
11:25AM LGBTQ Issues: Creating Solidarity in Your Social Justice Work
presented by Toni Zosherafatain and Lizzie Busch
 
Usdan 108
11:25AM Leading the Fight: Local Agriculture and Food Politics at Long Lane Farm
presented by Long Lane Farm
 
Usdan 110
12:25PM Lunch and Presentation: Urban Youth as Scholar Activists: Youth Participatory Action Research as Education for Social Justice
presented by Dr. Jason Irizarry, Aja E. La Duke, and Kristen Negron
 
Usdan 300
1:55PM The SRI Model - An Introduction to Sustainable Investing
presented by the Dwight Hall SRI Fund
 
Fayerweather 106
1:55PM The Art of Social Justice
presented by Vashti Dubois '92
 
Usdan 108
1:55PM Planning Social Actions: The Down and Dirty Nitty Gritty Details of Social Movements
presented by Lisa Calhoun
 
Usdan 110
3:20PM Justice for Khojaly
presented by Zamira Abbasova
 
Fayerweather 106
3:20PM Perspectives in Environmental Racism and Climate Justice Panel
presented by the Environmental Justice & Health Leadership Student Forum and the Youth Climate Movment
 
Usdan 108
3:20PM Permaculture Fundamentals
presented by Lisa DePiano
 
Usdan 110
  Radical Accessibility and Social Justice Organizing
presented Wesleyan Students for Disability Rights: Allegra Stout '12, Ariel Schwartz '12, Lucas San Juan '13, Susanna Myrseth '10, Nick DiGaudio
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This hands-on, discussion-based workshop will engage participants in conversation about accessibility and ableism. We will explore the relationship between disability and other categories of identity while working to envision a fully accessible model of social justice organizing.
 
Navigating the 7C's of Deep-End Leadership
presented by Shawn Dove '84 from the Open Society Institute
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Deep-End Leadership is when individuals decide to stop wallowing in the shallow-end of their leadership lives and begin to challenge themselves to realize their full potential. Shawn Dove builds on his 25 years of leadership in the youth development, community-building, education and publishing industries to share his key leadership principles and practices. Through his engaging, inspiring and humorous delivery, Dove will discuss the following key leadership principles during his keynote presentation: Calling, Courage, Completion, Credibility, Collaboration, Change, and Coaching.

The "navigating the 7C's of Deep-End Leadership" is an interactive workshop that will provide participants with the following experiences and skills:
- Identifying their individual leadership talents;
- How to employ strategies for overcoming adversity;
- Identifying areas in which to improve character and credibility;
- Development of a Vision Statement for their public service impact;
- Team-building skills;
- Tools for effective mentorship.
 

Permaculture Fundamentals
presented by Lisa DePiano
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Permaculture is the use of ecology as the basis for designing integrated systems of food production, housing, appropriate technology and community development. It offers a holistic approach to increasing ecological health while growing social equality.

Attendees of this workshop will walk away with a framework for understanding the connections between social and ecological health, a process for designing solutions and examples of this work being done across the world.

Lisa DePiano is a certified Permaculture designer and co-founder of the Montview Neighborhood Farm, a human-powered farm and edible forest garden in the Connecticut River Valley. She has a Master’s degree in Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts, and she loves working with people to create the world they want to live in. Learn more about Lisa at http://lisadepiano.org/

Student-Labor Solidarity: What Works, What Doesn't
presented by Katie Harrison
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The session will depend on what people want to talk about. One possible framework is:
1) a discussion of student-labor solidarity campaigns we've been inspired by and experienced.
2) a discussion of how to tackle some of the problems that have cropped up when students and workers
work together.

LGBTQ Issues: Creating Solidarity in Your Social Justice Work
presented by Toni Zosherafatain '10 and Lizzie Busch '10
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In this session, participants will get a chance to discuss how LGBTQ issues are related to their social justice goals. Whether you are from an organization or an individual looking to become an ally, this session will provide you with resources, tools, and skills to incorporate LGBTQ concerns into your social justice work.

Toni and Lizzie are both members of the Wesleyan class of 2010. Lizzie has been active in the Wesleyan United Student-Labor Action Coaltion (USLAC). Toni is a member of the Wesleyan Queer Social Committee, is also active in wesAID Wesleyan's chapter of Americans for Informed Democracy.

Leading the Fight: Local Agriculture and Food Politics at Long Lane Farm
presented by Long Lane Farm: Alex Ketchum '12 and other long lane farmers
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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.
 
Lunch and Presentation: Urban Youth as Scholar Activists: Youth Participatory Action Research as Education for Social Justice
presented by Dr. Jason Irizarry, Aja E. La Duke, and Kristen Negron
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This presentation documents the findings of a school-based participatory action research project that engaged urban youth in the struggle for educational equity and social justice. Instead of being identified and positioned as the "problem" within school reform efforts, a group of Latino/a and African American high school students served as researchers who identified problems and developed research-based recommendations for preservice and inservice teachers, administrators, and university researchers.  Their findings suggest that engagement in participatory action research significantly influenced the students' academic trajectories and commitment to social action.

Dr. Jason G. Irizarry is an Assistant Professor of Multicultural Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the Neag School of Education and Faculty Associate in the Institute for Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at the University of Connecticut. Aja E. La Duke is a Graduate Student at University of Connecticut and  Kristen Negron is an Undergraduate Student at the University of Connecticut.

Prior to his arrival at UConn, Jason was the Director of Project SPIRIT (Springfield Partnership to Improve the Recruitment of Inspiring Minority Teachers), a college-community collaboration aimed at increasing the number of teachers of color in urban schools.

He received his doctorate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2005 and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in multicultural education, philosophy of education, culturally responsive curriculum development, and urban education. A former middle school teacher in New York City, his research focuses on urban teacher recruitment, preparation, and retention with an emphasis on increasing the number of teachers of color, culturally responsive pedagogy, youth participatory action research, and Latino students in U.S. schools. A central focus of his work involves promoting the academic achievement of Latino and African American youth in urban schools by addressing issues associated with teacher education.

The SRI Model - An Introduction to Sustainable Investing
presented by the Dwight Hall SRI Fund: James Wyper, Aaron Podolny, Thomas Meyer, Lara Tumeh, and Sarah Armitage
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This workshop is a discussion about the basics of SRI, followed by a how-to for individuals and institutional investors looking to build a diversified yet outperforming portfolio to fulfill both their financial and social goals.

The session is designed to teach about the principles of a relatively new investment concept, and teach the set of skills and the analytical framework to pursue this investment strategy for themselves or for their institution.

The Art of Social Justice
presented by Vashti Dubois '92
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This session will focus on how art and social justice can support and inform each other. It will provide insight into what social justice in the non-profit arena looks like, including how social justice is structured as a business and how students can impact the field long before they leave college. Participants will learn how art can play a role in their messaging, organizing, audience development, fundraising etc.

Vashti Dubois has been an arts activist for over twenty years. She is a writer, director, performance artist and subversive storyteller. She co-founded the off Broadway theater company Mumbo Jumbo in the late eighties. While Vashti continues to produce, direct and perform from Boston to New York and now Philadelphia, she is particularly interested in how all art has the ability to educate, transform, and connect disparate communities.

Most recently, Vashti was the director for the Girls Center, an extended day treatment program in North Philadelphia, where she established the arts as a central component of the programming. Students were encouraged to use the arts as a platform for expressing their often unpopular insights and concerns on a range of issues from the juvenile justice system to the war.

Planning Social Actions: 
The Down and Dirty Nitty Gritty Details of Social Movements
presented by Lisa Calhoun from the Freeman Center for East Asian Studies at Wesleyan
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This workshop is designed to give you the skills and resources needed to plan small social actions which are the cornerstone of larger social movements.

Learn how to:
*Navigate the stages of a social movement by redefining goals
*Identify resources
*Connect with allies in your community
*Get involved locally, regionally or globally
*Stay involved after college

Justice for Khojaly 
presented by Zamira Abbasova

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This session will focus on the specific issue of the "Khojaly Event" which happened in February 25,1992 during the Nagorno-Karabakh war between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Justice for Khojaly is an International Awareness Campaign aimed at:
-providing you with the opportunity to creatively express your views on the injustice against the people of Azerbaijan
-raising international awareness about the Khojaly Massacre perpetrated by Armenian military forces on the night of 26 February 1992
-reaching out globally via Media, Internet and Live events.

The Campaign doesn't have a political affiliation with any government or political party. Its purpose is to contribute to the restoration of historic justice, recognize human suffering, to invite all concerned human beings to take a stand about this vital moral issue, and to prevent genocide and ethnic cleansing whenever they are perpetrated and whomever they are targeting.
 
Perspectives in Environmental Racism and Climate Justice Panel 
presented by the Environmental Justice Student Forum: Sara Shor, Glamildi Rondon, Sam Bernhardt, Dan Fischer, Paulo Speirn, Catherine Zhou and Miriam Manda
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Numerous people have documented that racial minorities, and low-income communities bear a disproportionate burden of this country's environmental problems. These communities face higher concentrations of toxic waste sites and garbage dumps, are subject to air and water pollution that can have serious health consequences, and are often shut out of environmental decision making processes. The Environmental Justice Movement seeks to fight this reality. Part of this movement is the Climate Justice, which seeks to secure a safe climate future for all people regardless of race, ethnicity, socio-economic class, or nationality. Global Climate Change is predicted to disproportionately adversely impact the global south and we've already seen increases in catastrophic climatic events. This panel will address the work and goals of different groups on campus to bring these issues into the forefront of environmental discussions on this campus.