Explore organizing for social change at WSU Vancouver’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 11:57am -- brenda_alling

UPDATE: This event has been canceled due to weather-related concerns

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Make it a “day on” at Washington State University Vancouver’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Jan. 16 in the Firstenburg Student Commons. This free event will include workshops, kids’ activities and a keynote address by Cameron Whitten, executive director of Know Your City.

The day will focus on the theme “Organizing for Social Change.” Workshop topics include community organizing, self-care for activists and how to make change in your school. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information and to RSVP, contact Amanda Shannahan at amanda.shannahan@wsu.edu or call 360-546-9182.

9:30 – 10 a.m.—Check in
10 – 10:30 a.m.—Welcome
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.—Workshops and children’s activities
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.—Keynote address and lunch

10:30 – 11:20 a.m.

Grassroots to Organizing
Presented by Diana H. Perez, Washington State League of United Latin American Citizens

Explore the meaning of grassroots movement and “organizing” through the lens of local community efforts with LULAC and partners. You will also have the opportunity to engage in a dialogue with each other around current issues in your community.

Social Justice Syllabus: Information to Self-empower Activists
Presented by Nicholas Schiller, systems and instruction librarian

In the past few years we've seen the rise of social justice syllabi being spread through social media. Activists and scholars have collected and distributed information using hashtags such as #FergusonSyllabus and #OrlandoSyllabus. Learn about the concept of social justice syllabi and practice accessing and contributing to them.

I Am (But I Am Not)
Presented by Black People United, WSU Vancouver student organization

How do we create space for each other and build more inclusive communities? Consider this question while learning about yourself and the experiences of others through poetry and dialogue. Middle school students encouraged to attend this workshop.

Negotiating Through the Funk
Presented by Anthony Kelley, WSU Vancouver director of student diversity and outreach

Practice negotiating through the complications of race and identity in order to foster unity and facilitate collaboration across diversity. We hope to accomplish this through exploring two radical interactions: reflection and action.

11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Migration is Beautiful Project
Presented by the Latinx Student Association, WSU Vancouver student organization

Learn about Oakland-based artist, agitator and intellectual, Favianna Rodriguez. Rodriguez is known for using her art as a tool for activism. Learn how she’s fighting for immigrant rights and help spread her message that “Migration is Beautiful.” Middle school students encouraged to attend this workshop.

Adapting and Applying Protest Methods on College Campuses from the 1960s to Present
Presented by Jenifer Becker, WSU Vancouver reference librarian

Explore how student protest methods—walk-outs, sit-ins, social media campaigns, athletic dissent and more—of the last 50 years can be adapted and applied to suit the goals you have for bettering your school.

API Identity and Activism
Presented by Asian Pacific Islander Club, WSU Vancouver student organization

What does it mean to be Asian American/Pacific Islander? Are Asians a “Model Minority?” What place do APIs have in social activism today? Explore these questions and more as we uncover the hidden history of API activism.

The Radical Act of Self-care
Presented by Allison Chambers, WSU Vancouver staff psychologist

Self-care is an essential component of social change. By taking care of ourselves, we can be more present for others and continue to engage in efforts that lead us toward social change. Engage in discussion about self-care and spend time practicing a variety of self-care strategies. Middle school students encouraged to attend this workshop.

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Whitten is a writer, civic entrepreneur and an economics student at Portland State University. He has been engaged with nonprofit, civic and political causes in Portland for his entire adult life. His passion of advocating for human rights and marginalized communities was catalyzed in 2011, the year the Occupy Movement was born. He currently serves as a member of the City Club of Portland’s Advocacy and Awareness Board, the Portland Bureau of Transportation Budget Advisory Committee, the Multnomah County Oregon Historical Society Levy Oversight Committee and the Board of Trustees for Pioneer Square.

About WSU Vancouver

WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. in Vancouver, east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205, or via C-Tran bus service. Parking is free Jan. 16.

As one of six campuses of the Washington State University system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. The university provides affordable, high-quality baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people and communities it serves. As the only four-year research university in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver helps drive economic growth through relationships with local businesses and industries, schools and nonprofit organizations.

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Brenda Alling, Office of Marketing and Communications, 360-546-9601, brenda_alling@wsu.edu

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