SAVE THE DATE: CEW Spectrum of Advocacy and Activism Symposium: Finding Your Voice, November 15

Registration will be available on our website after September 22.


On November 15, 2017, CEW is leading a one-day Spectrum of Advocacy and Activism Symposium: Finding Your Voice focused on advocacy and activism training. This event will demonstrate how a person’s activism can change over time, how advocacy is tied to a person’s context and situational power, and how partnering with diverse perspectives can strengthen advocacy and activism efforts. Health outcomes has been selected as the theme for this year’s symposium because of increasing uncertainty surrounding healthcare in America, including coverage for women’s health care (mental health, mammograms, birth control, maternity care, etc.).

The symposium will include presentations by local and national advocacy experts who have taken varied approaches to advocacy in ways that best leverage their current context (power, privilege and identity). The training sessions will feature capacity-building workshops on a range of topics from community organizing to bystander intervention to running for political office.


8:30 am Networking Continental Breakfast

8:40 am Welcome & Morning Keynote / Q&A

10:00 am Workshop Sessions A

11:30 am Lunch - Ballroom

1:00 pm Workshop Sessions B

2:30 pm Work Group Challenge

4:00 pm Groups Report out

4:30 pm Networking Reception

6:00 pm Keynote Lecture

During the networking lunch, CEW’s 2017-18 CEW Twink Frey Visiting Social Activists, Amber Arellano & Dessa Cosma, will discuss their advocacy work and how that work has evolved as their context and situational power has changed. Panel discussions will offer practical strategies that attendees can apply to their own work as advocates and activists. At the end of the day, participants will be presented with a common challenge that they will address in small groups comprised of individuals from campus and community.

The goals for this one-day symposium are:

  • to engage students, practitioners, and researchers who are interested in advocacy and activism
  • to equip symposium participants with advocacy training that can be applied to their area(s) of interest
  • to develop a network among attendees for potential partnerships beyond the symposium
  • to highlight the value of diverse perspectives in advocacy work.

Confirmed speakers include Jim Toy, a long-time local LGBTQ+activist and pioneer in Ann Arbor, Kary L. Moss, the executive director of the ACLU of Michigan; and Marijata Daniel-Echols from the Michigan Public Health Institute. Two workshop sessions will be conducted by trainers from the New American Leadership Project, a national non-partisan organization dedicated to creating a more inclusive democracy by training immigrant leaders and making the political system more accessible to all Americans. Raquel Castañeda-López, who made history by becoming the first Latina elected to the Detroit City Council in November 2013, and Ghida Dagher, the Advocacy & Government Relations Manager at United Way of Southeastern Michigan, will conduct sessions on running for political office and crafting public policy.

This free event will take place on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at the Michigan League and Rackham Graduate School. Space is limited to 350 people, however, the free keynote lecture will be open to the public. Surprise keynote speaker to be announced!

Registration will be available on our website after September 22.