March 6-8, 2019
University of San Diego

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Equity and Social Justice [clear filter]
Thursday, March 7

10:00am PST

The Napier Initiative: Intergenerational Community Partnerships to Encourage Creative Leadership for Social Change
This presentation will share the story of the Napier Initiative, launched in 2010 to build intergenerational bridges between the residents of Pilgrim Place, a local retirement community, and The Claremont Colleges. Pilgrim Place is home to 330 residents, many of whom spent their careers in the United States and abroad as advocates for social change. As elders who continue to probe, connect and grow, they constitute a rich resource for helping talented undergraduates make enduring commitments to leadership for social change. Participants in this session will hear about the growth of the Napier Initiative from a post-graduate fellowship and mentorship program to the current format that also includes intergenerational courses taught throughout The Claremont Colleges. Each Napier course engages students and elder co-learners on issues related to peace, social justice, and/or environmental sustainability. The Napier courses include a community or civic engagement component, and also explicit discussions among instructors, undergraduates and elders regarding vocational commitment and leadership. The lessons learned from a five-year evaluation of the Napier Initiative will be shared and should be useful for spurring discussion about the challenges and opportunities of intentionally connecting community elders and college undergraduates in the collaborative pursuit of learning and social justice.

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Gabriela Gamiz

Director, Community Engagement, Harvey Mudd College

Karl Haushalter

Associate Profess of Chemistry and Biology, Harvey Mudd College

Thursday March 7, 2019 10:00am - 11:10am PST

11:30am PST

School of Rock the Vote: Forging a Vision, Action, and Partnerships to Advance Student Voting and Activism
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

11:30am PST

So, What Happens After You Are "Woke?" Service Learning Student Leaders Speak
Critical service learning, through reflection on issues of power, privilege, and oppression, can result in students becoming ‘woke’ to issues of injustice, whether it is police brutality, health disparities, the school to prison pipeline, or inequity in education. At CSUMB, Service Learning Student Leaders guide service learners in the process of becoming caring, respectful community members. However, our ultimate goal is for students to go beyond a service perspective to a social justice perspective, that is, to become “woke” to systemic inequalities and to take action. After an introduction to the CSUMB Service Learning Leadership Program, the student leaders will share stories about how their identities play a role in their work as mentors and role models. From their marginalized and privileged standpoints, the leaders will show how they navigate the challenges of becoming social justice change-makers. The session will end with interactive small group discussions and story telling about staying woke and taking action. The audience will come away with ideas for how to encourage critical service learning practices so that students who become aware of social injustice feel empowered to take action about the injustices they witness.


Jessyca Boone

Student, California State University Monterey Bay

Pamela Motoike

Faculty, California State University Monterey Bay

Sebastian Roti

Service Learning Student Leader, California State University Monterey Bay

Victoria Vasquez-Alvarez

Student, California State University Monterey Bay

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

2:30pm PST

Decolonizing Service Learning and Emancipatory SLCE Assessment: Narratives from the Field
Purpose: This session examines the work of radical community engagement professionals seeking to grapple with the hegemonic nature of the service learning/community engagement (SLCE) field across multiple contexts using decolonizing theories and methodologies.
Objectives: As critical scholars and activists have provided frameworks and principles to enact emancipatory practices, the two scholars in this session explore the possibilities of decolonizing practices within the field. Through storytelling, these radical scholars seek to remake history by uncovering, reevaluating, and addressing taken for granted phenomena in service learning/community engagement that perpetuate systemic inequalities and the oppression of subaltern communities.
Partners: The scholars in this proposed session see themselves as inextricably tied to the communities and people that they are conducting research, learn, and practice alongside. Situating themselves in two different contexts, one radical scholar transforming the institution from within, the other stewarding transformation across multiple institutions as an independent consultant, both seek to employ decolonizing principles in SLCE and SLCE assessment.
Impacts: Each scholar will highlight their liberatory vision for SLCE drawing upon their lived experiences, critical theoretical knowledge and the context within which they do their work. Participants will leave with models to develop or enhance their own liberatory visions.


kortney hernandez

Site Manager, Jumpstart
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Heather Mack

Consultant, Heather Mack Consulting LLC
I am an SLCE assessment consultant. I specialize in the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification.I am committed to an emancipatory vision for SLCE. I accompany white SLCE practitioners in their transition from "inclusive" to "anti-racist." Together, with SLCE practitioners of... Read More →

Thursday March 7, 2019 2:30pm - 3:40pm PST