March 6-8, 2019
University of San Diego
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Thursday, March 7 • 11:30am - 12:40pm
School of Rock the Vote: Forging a Vision, Action, and Partnerships to Advance Student Voting and Activism

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This interactive session will draw on the knowledge and experience of attendees, featured staff, student leaders and community partners connected to the USF McCarthy Center. Participants will discuss strategies for implementing programs to increase students’ participation in activities like voting and grassroots organizing. We will explore questions such as: What is your vision for student engagement in justice work on/off campus? How do you create space for student activism and launch formal programs? Who are your allies and partners and how will you overcome institutional resistance? What are some challenges and opportunities you face in achieving goals? To transition the discussion from vision to action, we will highlight two programs and share the mechanics of launching them, including challenges and opportunities inherent to the process. The case studies will include USF Votes, a voter engagement initiative, and the Community Empowerment Activist program, which connects students with grassroots advocacy organizations. This dialogical workshop is designed to be participatory--part story session, part power mapping. Attendees will acquire concrete examples on how to forge partnerships and build capacity to develop similar programs to strengthen our collective work to foster leadership and engagement for a more just, equitable, and sustainable future.

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Liana Molina

Program Manager, University of San Francisco
Liana Molina is the program manager for the Community Empowerment Activist program at the Leo T. McCarthy Center. The CEA program develops critically engaged students through a part-time paid internship placement with community-based organizations throughout San Francisco. She previously... Read More →

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Alaina Arroyo

Community Empowerment Activist, University of San Francisco
My name is Alaina Aflague Arroyo and I am a fourth year undergraduate student at the University of San Francisco, studying Critical Diversity Studies and Sociology. I am of Native Chamoru, Mexican, and Puerto Rican ancestry. A lot of my interests surround the rights of Native Pacific... Read More →

Abree Dominguez

B.A. Media Studies, former USFVotes Team Leader, Andrew Goodman Foundation Ambassador, University of San Francisco

Araceli Tamayo-Lee

Field Organizer, San Francisco Rising
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Angeline Vuong

Assistant Director, Public Service Programs, University of San Francisco

Thursday March 7, 2019 11:30am - 12:40pm PST