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Since 2004, AWSJ has sponsored an annual lecture series, bringing national and international speakers to campus, to highlight and discuss some of the most important social and economic justice issues of the day.


Lakota Women: On the Front Lines in Protection of Land, People and Children

Lecture: Thursday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m.
All events are in the Rogalski Center Ballroom unless otherwise noted 

Conference Schedule

9–9:15 a.m. Coffee
9:15 a.m. Welcome
9:25–10:40 a.m. Workshops

Room 1: Social Justice: What does it mean to me? | Presented by Angela Gingerich        
Participants will have the opportunity to explore their lens through which they see the world. They will share, among peers, vignettes of experiences related to race, discrimination, privilege, power and the like. Together we will explore a just world and the steps to take to advocate for others.

Room 2: Civil Rights Martyrs and the Quest for Justice | Presented by Gene Conrad
Participants in this workshop will explore the difficulty in achieving justice for race crimes during the Modern Civil Rights Movement, understand the ways in which segregated society in America perpetuated social inequality, and identify the importance of voting rights and to consider threats to those rights today.

Room 3: Bystander Intervention | Presented by Amy Scott
Participants in this workshop will learn bystander intervention techniques that will teach them to learn how to respond to situations where others are being mistreated. Participants will discuss positive interventions they have witnessed in the past and will share ideas about how to take action, be an ally, and step in to safely confront inappropriate conduct.

Room 4: Perceived Threat and Racial Profiling | Presented by Christopher Barnum
Participants will discuss this question: Does the public's perception of crime in a given jurisdiction affect the levels of racial bias in the local police's traffic stop behavior? The presenter will share research about how he developed and tested a theory which predicts that increased perceptions of crime generate external pressure for law enforcement agencies and that this pressure results in both automatic and explicit psychological processes that affect law enforcement officers' interaction with minority members. The presenter will share the findings of the study and workshop participants will discuss policy implications of the research.


10:50-12:15 Workshops Continued

Room 1: Yo Recuerdo–I Remember | Presented by Margie Mejia-Caraballo
The workshop will consist of personal reflections on race, immigration and culture from the presenter's personal life perspective. A combination of vignettes, role play and discussion will be used to address race, immigration and unique cultural themes.

Room 2: The Crusade Against Hate | Presented by Gene Conrad 
Participants in this workshop will learn to recognize the obstacle of hate in the movement for civil right, to understand the work of the Southern Poverty Law Center, to understand how basic entitlements (assumptions through white privilege) creates injustice in contemporary American society, and to commemorate the roles of heroes in the contemporary movements for social justice, national and local

Room 3: Transnational Adoption: Joys and Challenges | Presented by Renee Meyer Ernst and Eileen Eitrheim
Participants will share their stories about living and or working with diverse families or their interests in learning more about how to best serve diverse families. Workshop presenters will share their own experiences of being adopted and of adopting a child and will share advice about strategies for working with multiracial families.

Gottlieb Lounge: Redeemed Voices | Gospel Workshop
Dwayne Hodges and others. Participants will learn about the importance of Gospel Music in the Civil Rights movement. Workshop presenters will perform several gospel songs and will teach participants some of the basic foundations of gospel music and how it has served as an important source of storytelling, seeking justice, and uplifting communities.


12:15–1:15 p.m. Lunch
Roundtable Discussions
Box lunches are available for pre-purchase for $9.25. Lunches include: Roast Beef, Ham, Turkey, Veggie with cheese, or Vegan. Prepayment for lunch is required and can be completed online.

1:30–2:45 p.m. Film Screening of "Not in Our Town," and discussion.

7 p.m. Keynote Address, "Lakota Women: On the Front Lines of Protection of Land, People, and Children," by Lakota Harden, American Indian Activist

Whats Next

Online registration will be available Monday, Oct. 1