UPDATE: This event has been canceled due to weather-related concerns.
Make it a “day on” at Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Join us for workshops, kids’ activities and a keynote address by Cameron Whitten, executive director of Know Your City.
The day’s events will focus on the theme “Organizing for Social Change.” Workshop topics include community organizing, activism on college campuses, the radical act of self-care and how to make change in your school.
Light refreshments and lunch will be served. Parking is free. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Collection of donated items will begin Jan. 3, see below for details.
Jan. 16 schedule:
9:30 – 10 a.m. — Check-in
10 – 10:30 a.m. — Welcome
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. — Workshops and children’s activities
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. — Lunch and keynote address
Please let us know you can attend. RSVP today.
10:30 – 11:20 a.m.—Workshop Rotation #1
Grassroots to Organizing
Presented by Diana H. Perez, Washington State League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
Are you feeling a call to action? Do you want to make a difference for your community? If your answer is yes, then you are not alone. In this workshop, participants will explore the meaning of grassroots movement and “organizing” through the lens of local community efforts with LULAC and partners. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage in a dialogue with each other as it pertains to current issues in their communities.
Social Justice Syllabus: Information to Self-empower Activists
Presented by Nicholas Schiller, MLS, Systems and Instruction Librarian
In the past few years we've seen the rise of social justice syllabi being spread through social media. Activists and scholars have collected and distributed information using hashtags such as #FergusonSyllabus and #OrlandoSyllabus. In this workshop, participants will learn about the concept of social justice syllabi and practice accessing and contributing to social justice syllabi.
I Am (But I Am Not)
Presented by Black People United, WSU Vancouver student organization
How do we create space for each other and build more inclusive communities? In this workshop, we’ll consider these questions, while learning about ourselves and the experiences of others through poetry and dialogue. Middle school students encouraged to attend this workshop.
Negotiating Through the Funk
Presented by Anthony Kelley, WSU Vancouver Director of Student Diversity and Outreach
In this workshop, participants will practice negotiating through the complications of race and identity in order to foster unity and facilitate collaboration across diversity. We hope to accomplish this through exploring two radical interactions: reflection and action.
11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. —Workshop Rotation #2
Migration is Beautiful Project
Presented by the Latinx Student Association, WSU Vancouver student organization
Learn about Oakland-based artist, agitator and intellectual, Favianna Rodriguez. Rodriguez is known for using her art as a tool for activism. We’ll learn about how she’s fighting for immigrant rights and help spread her message that “Migration is Beautiful” throughout our community! Middle school students encouraged to attend this workshop.
Adapting and Applying Protest Methods on College Campuses from the 1960s to Present
Presented by Jenifer Becker, WSU Vancouver Reference Librarian
Explore how student protest methods—walk-outs, sit-ins, social media campaigns, athletic dissent and more—of the last 50 years can be adapted and applied to suit the goals you have for bettering your school.
API Identity and Activism
Presented by Asian Pacific Islander Club, WSU Vancouver student organization
What does it mean to be Asian American/Pacific Islander? Are Asians a “Model Minority”? What place do APIs have in social activism today? Explore these questions and more as we uncover the hidden history of API activism!
The Radical Act of Self-care
Presented by Dr. Allison Chambers, WSU Vancouver Staff Psychologist
Self-care is an essential component of social change. By taking care of ourselves, we can be more present for others and continue to engage in efforts that lead us toward social change. In this workshop, participants will engage in discussion about self-care and spend time practicing a variety of self-care strategies. Middle school students encouraged to attend this workshop.
About the speaker:
Whitten is a writer, civic entrepreneur and an economics student at Portland State University. He has been engaged with nonprofit, civic and political causes in Portland for his entire adult life. His passion of advocating for human rights and marginalized communities was catalyzed in 2011, the year the Occupy Movement was born. He currently serves as a member of the City Club of Portland’s Advocacy and Awareness Board, the Portland Bureau of Transportation Budget Advisory Committee, the Multnomah County Oregon Historical Society Levy Oversight Committee and the Board of Trustees for Pioneer Square.
Jan. 3 – 16
Donate new hygiene, nonperishable food items and school supplies to Martha’s Pantry and the YWCA Clark County. Individuals and groups are encouraged to contribute items from the list below. Donation bins will be located in the Dengerink Administration Building, Firstenburg Student Commons, Library Building, Multimedia Classroom Building and Undergraduate Building.
Personal hygiene/toiletry needs:
Shampoo and conditioner
Feminine hygiene products
Canned tuna or chicken
Canned foods with pop-top lids
Meals in a can (soup, stew, chili)
Cans, cartons or boxes of powdered and evaporated milk
Boxed meals that only require water
YWCA — Child Advocacy Program
School supply needs:
Backpacks (all sizes/genders)
Scientific calculators (TI-83/84)
Standard size facial tissues
College ruled paper
3-hole punch pencil pouches (not boxes)
3-ring binders 1-2 inch
*College ruled notebooks
*Wide ruled notebooks
3x5 index cards
Standard size hand sanitizer
Amanda Shannahan, 360-546-9182, email@example.com