Critical Race Theory and Global Impact
Sonia DeLuca Fernandez, Director of Research and Assessment – NYU VPSA
This session will provide attendees with an overview of Critical Race Theory. Addressing how CRT can impact effective engagement in service, this session will provide insight into how CRT can challenge students to think critically about their approach to social justice initiatives.
From Idea to NGO: The Story of Dialogue Beyond Borders
Yana Kusayeva, Graduate Student – Wagner School of Public Service
Join the founders of Dialogue Beyond Borders (DBB) as they reflect on how they came to form this local nonprofit organization. Dialogue Beyond Borders promotes active tolerance, defends human rights, and advances greater understanding among diverse communities by providing opportunities for learning, expression, and discussion aimed at facilitating group dialogue. The organization works in after-school settings to facilitate dialogues aimed at enhancing students' cultural competence and leadership skills. The founders will discuss how they combined their personal passion with a clear need in the community to found DBB, the challenges they faced along the way, and how they plan to grow the organization to scale in the future.
Occupy Sandy: An Experiment in Disaster Relief
Occupy Sandy Organizers
In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, organizers from the Occupy Wall Street movement activated their networks—including InterOccupy—and began coordinating volunteers and organizing communities across New York and New Jersey. In the process they created a new movement, Occupy Sandy, and demonstrated how effective horizontal leadership can be, even in the crucible of disaster relief work. Occupy Sandy organizers are still working every day as a critical part of the long-term recovery process and as watchdogs of the various "official" responses to the storm. Join this panel to hear from New York and New Jersey Occupy Sandy organizers who were there from the very beginning as they reflect on their experiences, share best practices, and discuss steps for moving forward in the context of a global revolutionary movement."
Battlefield Education: Fight to learn so that we can learn to fight
Sebastian Ireland Natera
Education is as much as a human right as air, food, and water. Education as a human right is a concept that is batted around and passed from politicians’ lips to pollsters to headlines, slipped into slogans about civil rights battlegrounds, while ignoring what a human right actually is. We will discuss ways to organize struggles, facilitate worker student unity, and coordinate our individual agency towards the common goal of understanding how to fight back against the current attacks on education.
Ally Development in Service
Alicia Bell and Gabrielle LaVon Royal, Center for Multicultural, Education and Programs
This presentation will discuss the distinction among personal and social identities, while providing attendees with a platform for understanding power and privilege within identity and learning about how to be an ally.
The Proverbs of Social Impact: What We Don't Know Can't Help Us
Drawing from his book, Driving Social Change, Dr. Paul Light will explore the basic components of effective social change. The goal of this presentation is to offer participants ideas about how the process of change operates and how they can apply the theories of social innovation to create meaningful social change. Using the social breakthrough cycle, this session will redefine the logic of social change to prepare attendees to address the world's most pressing social needs.
Richard Robbins, Director
Girl Rising is a groundbreaking film, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, which tells the stories of 9 extraordinary girls from 9 countries, written by 9 celebrated writers and narrated by 9 renowned actresses. Girl Rising showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Explore the film in detail at girlrising.com.
11:00 AM | Check-in
Kimmel Center for University Life, 7th floor
11:30-11:45 AM | Welcome
11:50-12:50 PM | Workshop Session
1:00-2:00 PM | Keynote & Lunch
2:30-4:00 PM | Closing & Film Screening