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Social Justice conference planned for April

A conference on “Social Justice: Building Community and Envisioning Possibilities, is being planned on the HWS campus in mid-April. Members of the Social Justice Collective — working toward equality, fair treatment and human rights for all — are working with a grant from the Center for Teaching and Learning and lessons drawn from “Social Foundations of Multiculturalism course (Education 370).

Organizers are planning five events aimed at facilitating talk and practice connected to social justice issues, and bringing together students, faculty and staff at the Colleges with the larger Geneva Community.

• A video on social class, involving the HWS campus and the larger Geneva community, will be shown to begin the conference on Monday, April 14, with a discussion afterward.
• The next day will feature concurrent panel discussions, featuring a range of individuals sharing their understanding of, work toward, and personal experiences with social justice issues.
• Wednesday the 16th will be Kids Night, with HWS students hosting a storytelling and reading event for elementary-school age children.
• An open mic night, “Social Justice and the Arts, will be that Thursday, April 17, in conjunction with The HWS Arts Collective.
• The concluding event, to benefit a local social justice agency, is scheduled for Friday, April 18.

Details are available from Lindsey Sprague ’07, GR1, at or Assistant Professor of Education Cerri Banks at Other organizers are Mark Conklin ’07 of Admissions, Michelle Ernst ’08, Felipe Estefan ’08, Deja James ’09, Christie Police ’08, Ashley Rodger ’07 GR1, Elliot Taxman ’08 and Sarah Vandenbergh ’08.

Watch for more information as the week approaches.