College Advocacy Summit

Thank you for your interest in the College Advocacy Summit. We hope to provide college students with resources on how to organize and advocate for social justice issues, build skills on how to affect change in their community, and to mobilize around an issue. We’ll have thought provoking and engaging workshops from community leaders and activists as well as college student leaders.

The summit will take place on Friday, March 22 at Wake Forest University Benson Center and will convene students, faculty, and staff with social justice advocates, activists, and community leaders. The College Advocacy Summit is free for Wake Forest University students and $20 for other college students and community members. Don’t let the cost discourage you from attending as there are departments on various campus that can help you offset the cost.

Announcing our keynote speaker, Zyahna Bryant, an award-winning student activist, community organizer, and author. She organized her first demonstration, a rally for Justice for Trayvon Martin, at age 12. Zyahna founded the Charlottesville High School Black Student Union at the age of 14. In the. Spring of 2016, Zyahna wrote the petition calling for the removal of Confederate statues from Charlottesville’s parks, and City Council voted to remove them in 2017

Keynote speaker

  Schedule at a Glance

Time Event
8:30 am Registration

Benson University Center (4th floor)

9:00 to 9:30 am Welcome

Benson 401

9:40 to 10:40 am Block I Workshops
10:50 to 11:50 am Block II Workshops
Noon to 2:00 pm Lunch, Keynote, and Closing




Registrations are now open:

Click here to register.

Click here to pay registration fee (for non-Wake students)

The $20 registration fee covers lunch.

Program schedule is now live!



Where Block I

9:40 am to 10:40 am

Block II

10:50 am to 11:50 am

Benson 410 Né Belle Idioma (My beautiful language)

Danny Rodas Garcia, Zaynah Afada, and Nema Kodio

Bonner Scholars, Guilford College

In this presentation, we will discuss the importance of language sensitivity, acquisition, and support for newcomers. Additionally, attendees will participate in a simulation that will teach them different ways to communicate with newly arrived, while acknowledging culture, language, and customs.

Leadership, Coordination, and Coalition: Acting Strategically Against Racism at WFU

Wake Forest University Anti-Racism Coalition

This presentation will go into the sparks that ignited the specific moment for movement building on Wake Forest’s campus.  We will discuss what is required of students in order to build sustainable, highly organized, and intersectional coalitions on campuses. We will also highlight the importance of oral history, research, knowledge of policy, movement coordination, and the many steps that go into the creation of something holistic and long lasting.

Benson 401-A Toxic Masculinity: Discussions and Healing

Peter Schlachte

Wake Forest University Student Leader

This session will be on the Masculinity Discussion Group run out of the Social Justice Incubator (SJI). Our goals are: learn a definition of toxic masculinity; examine the ways that toxic masculinity impacts the experiences of both men and women at Wake Forest; discuss actionable steps we can take and combat toxic masculinity in our own lives; and, learn how we can use each other as a source of healing and support to overcome toxic masculinity.

Rethinking Good Intentions

Jessica Fuentes, Ananya Bernardo, and Benjamin James

Bonner scholars, Guilford College

During this workshop, student leaders will reflect on how they approach and engage with community service and advocacy. Participants will engage in  meaningful reflection behind their work and learn how to develop a strategic approach to advocacy and service work

Benson 401-C Bursting the College Bubble: Getting Involved off Campus

Alec Jessar and Alexx Anderson

Wake Forest University Student Leaders

In this workshop, we will explore the possibility of building bridges across differences while also understanding that college-community relationships must involve honest critique and discomfort. Cultivating relationships between the college and community requires an understanding of Anti-Racism and Gender Justice.

The Role of the Arts in Advocacy

Mellie Mesfin, Lydia Harris, and Elvie Sellers

Social Justice Incubator (SJI) Leaders

Wake Forest University

Social justice can take many forms, and the arts provide a nontraditional way to change minds and open hearts. This interactive workshop will provide a history of activism and the arts

as well as information about how it takes place today in our community