Kimberly Dark, award winning writer, storyteller, performer, and speaker who helps audiences discover that we are creating the world, even as it creates us. She will present “Peace, Power and Privilege.” Kindness and awareness toward oneself and others is a path to cultural transformation. We all inhabit moments of privilege and oppression and while not equal, those moments can lead us to examine our internalized social patterns while advocating on behalf of people whose experiences we don’t share. Luckily, our identities intersect and interact in humorous and useful ways. This keynote includes storytelling, prompts and insights that allow audience members to discover their own unique paths to working together for social and personal betterment. Watch a video greeting from Kimberly.
Ashley C. Ford, a writer and regular contributor to Elle Magazine, BuzzFeed News, and Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter. She hosts Audible.com’s podcast “Authorized” and was recently named as one of Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30. Ashley will present “Race, Class, and Empathy.” She will touch on art as a public service, connection through shared emotional language, and learning to value the experiences of humans who are not necessarily like you. It may well be that America has come to a precipice as a social experiment, but Ford asserts that it will be the current generation of young adults who define what it means to be American in the coming years.
BIG PICTURE WORKSHOPS
Robert Bringle, IUPUI, Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Philanthropic Studies; Senior Scholar, IUPUI Center for Service and Learning will present Empathy and Social Justice – Although there are many reasons why individuals help, one of the prominent motivators for taking action is an empathic response by an observer. Empathy is viewed as a precursor to civic engagement, a mediator of other responses during civic engagement, and as an outcome resulting from civic engagement. Participants in this workshop will examine the cognitive and emotional nature of empathy in community-based activities.
Eric Hartman, Executive Director, Center for Peace and Global Citizenship, Haverford College will present A Disciplined Approach to Social Justice: Advancing Human Rights through Engaged Learning – this workshop will clarify the intersection of a human rights approach with social justice and engaged learning. It will offer participants clear conceptual frameworks, program examples, and relevant tools to cooperate with students and community partners in an approach to engagement that more deeply understands and ultimately advocates for the inherent dignity of all persons.
Civic Reflection Facilitation Workshop. Civic Reflection is peer-to-peer discussion model that builds understanding and mutual respect across differences. Join student trainers from Valparaiso University’s nationally renowned Center for Civic Reflection for a short but impactful mini-training in the art of leading civic reflection discussions on your campus. Student trainers will model civic reflection and then engage you in planning and leading your own on the spot! You will walk away with newfound abilities that will aid you in facilitating deep and reflective conversation wherever you go.
TUESDAY SPECIAL SESSION
Bill Gregory, adjunct faculty member in the School of Business & Economics at Indiana University Northwest and adjunct faculty in the Social Sciences Department at Ivy Tech Community College Northwest Region, will present No Stone Unturned. In this interactive workshop participants will explore, first hand, issues such as power and powerlessness; inclusion and exclusion; the impact and experience of social identity group membership; the impact of being a member of 1 up or 1 down groups in a larger society; access to resources; and opportunity and privilege.
TUESDAY LUNCHTIME PRESENTATION:
Elizabeth Asmaa Valencia, IUPUI will present The Hijabi Dialogues: Stories of Gender, Identity, Faith and Understanding