UMass Boston News

3rd Annual Social Justice Conference

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Staying Woke: Engaging in Movements and Activism
Event Date: March 25, 2017 - 9 a.m.
Event Type: Open to public
Location: Campus Center, 3rd Floor, Ballroom

This year’s Social Justice Conference, titled Staying Woke: Engaging in Movements and Activism, will focus on the history of social movements and activism, and application in current contexts. Social movements and activism throughout history have played a critical role in cultivating public discourse and advancing public policies. Today, college students remain a driving force as participants in and leaders of social change in the United States; the conference seeks to empower UMass Boston students as a part of this continued legacy.

Sponsored by the Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement (OSLCE) the 3rd Annual Social Justice Conference will focus on four themes:

  1. Explore the history of social movements and activism, including the factors that made them effective

  2. Learn about current social movements and other of collective actions, including at the local, state, and national level

  3. Develop their capacity to take action around the social issues they are passionate about

  4. Connect to people and resources to support their social change work

The conference is free and open to all UMass Boston students, faculty, and staff, but specifically geared toward students. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all conference participants and a snack break will be provided to those participants who attend a post-conference workshop.

Though the conference itself runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., conference participants are highly encouraged to attend a post-conference workshop from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Post-conference workshops will allow attendees to dive deeper into specific topics related to the conference theme. These may include: Dialogue, Negotiating, and Empathy; Contacting Local, State, and Federal Officials; Bystander Intervention Training; and Safe Zone Training.  

Download a flyer here. 

For disability-related accommodations, including dietary accommodations, please visit two weeks prior to the event.