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
Schedule at a Glance
Benson University Center (4th floor)
|9:00 to 9:30 am||Welcome
|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:
The $20 registration fee covers lunch.
9:40 am to 10:40 am
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
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