Workshops

NOVEMBER 15 | MICHIGAN LEAGUE

AGENDA & DIRECTIONS   |   SPEAKERS


Registration is now closed, as we have reached capacity.
Please note that there will be no onsite registration due to space limitations.

 


MORNING WORKSHOPS (10:00am – 11:15am)


(FULL) A1. Political Engagement by U-M Employees
KALAMAZOO ROOM, 2ND FLOOR
Presenter: Maya Kobersy, JD, U-M Office of the Vice President & General Counsel
Given the current political climate and impending state and local elections, employees have increasingly asked what they may or may not do in the areas of political activism and advocacy. The U-M has several policies (both in the form of SPGs and in the form of political campaign guidelines) that outline the responsibilities, and opportunities, of University employees in this context. This session, conducted by the U-M Office of General Counsel, will provide an overview of these policies for those persons affiliated with the U-M.

A2. The Political Arena: A Guide for Running for Office
ROOM D, 3RD FLOOR
Presenters: Raquel Castañeda-López, Detroit City Council Member, New American Leaders Project Board Member and Trainer; Ghida Dagher, Advocacy & Government Relations Manager at United Way of Southeastern Michigan (UWSEM), New American Leaders Project Trainer
In this workshop, you will uncover the stories, qualities, and values within you that make you a strong candidate for political office. We will provide you the tools to message these values in a campaign. We will also share our experience as candidates and staff to run a values-based campaign and succeed in politics. This will be an interactive and engaging workshop open to all interested in and curious about running for public office.

(FULL) A3. Promoting Racial Equity Through Collaborative Partnerships
HUSSEY ROOM, 2ND FLOOR
Presenters: Marijata Daniel-Echols, PhD, and Karika Parker, M.A., Michigan Public Health Institute
Michigan Power to Thrive is a partnership between public health professionals and community organizers focused on promoting racial equity. The session will explore the tension and benefits of bringing these two different perspectives together to promote social justice.

A4. Change it Up!: Bystander Intervention Training
MICHIGAN ROOM, 2ND FLOOR
Presenters: Will Sherry, MSW, Director of the University of Michigan Spectrum Center; and
Callie McKee, MFA, Office of New Student Programs

Change it Up! brings bystander intervention skills to the University of Michigan community for the purpose of building inclusive, respectful and safe communities. It is based on a nationally recognized four-stage bystander intervention model that addresses situations that negatively impact individuals, organizations, and the campus community.

A5. Art as Activism
HENDERSON ROOM, 3RD FLOOR
Presenter: Omari Rush, CultureSource
From the beginning of time, art has been used to communicate ideas and bring groups together. This interactive and fun session will help participants incorporate art in their efforts to engage and educate their communities and understand how art can support the creation of innovative and collaborative social change movements.

A6. Creating Diverse Partnerships in Policy Advocacy
KOESSLER ROOM, 3RD FLOOR
Presenters: Chris M. Coombe, MPH, PhD, U-M School of Public Health and Detroit Urban Research Center; and
Jaye Clement, MPH, MPP, Henry Ford Health System

Engaging diverse communities in policy change is essential to address inequities. Effective advocacy campaigns involve a series of strategic steps and techniques. Participants will learn to use power-mapping, a planning and strategy tool to mobilize allies and influence decision makers to bring about change.


AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS (1:00pm – 2:15pm)


(FULL) B1. The Political Arena: A Guide for Running for Office
KALAMAZOO ROOM, 2ND FLOOR
(PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN ROOM LOCATION)
Presenters: Raquel Castañeda-López, Detroit City Council Member, New American Leaders Project Board Member and Trainer; and Ghida Dagher, Advocacy & Government Relations Manager at United Way of Southeastern Michigan (UWSEM), New American Leaders Project Trainer
In this workshop, you will uncover the stories, qualities, and values within you that make you a strong candidate for political office. We will provide you the tools to message these values in a campaign. We will also share our experience as candidates and staff to run a values-based campaign and succeed in politics. This will be an interactive and engaging workshop open to all interested in and curious about running for public office.

(FULL) B2. Recovery and Identity
ROOM D, 3RD FLOOR 
(PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN ROOM LOCATION)
Presenter: Matt Statman, LMSW, CAADC - U-M Wolverine Wellness
This workshop session presents information on the growing collegiate recovery movement, the importance of support on campus and some of the ways students in recovery are marginalized. A panel of students who are in recovery will share their experience. Time for discussion and Q&A at the end.

B3. Patient Advocacy in Medicine and Public Health
MICHIGAN ROOM, 2ND FLOOR
Presenter: Patricia A Wren, U-M Dearborn Department of Health & Human Services
There is a rich history of patient activism and advocacy in public health and medicine, and it is crucial that the decisions about disease progression or treatment success take into account patient preferences and important indicators like quality of life, patient satisfaction, mobility, and functional status. This workshop will explore quantitative and qualitative tools for knowledge generation and evidence-based decision-making from the patient’s point of view. Attendees will be able to construct strategies for patient-focused interventions and advocacy work.

B4. Art as Activism
HENDERSON ROOM, 3RD FLOOR
Presenter: Omari Rush, CultureSource
From the beginning of time, art has been used to communicate ideas and bring groups together. This interactive and fun session will help participants incorporate art in their efforts to engage and educate their communities and understand how art can support the creation of innovative and collaborative social change movements.

B5. Wellbeing for Advocates & Activists
KOESSLER ROOM, 2RD FLOOR
Presenter: Molly Reno, Human Rights Attorney
As advocates and activists trying to build a sustainable world that works for all, we are confronting complex systems of income inequality, white supremacy, sexism, heteropatriachy and nativism. It is easy to neglect our own needs along the way. This workshop explores ways to build our communal and personal resilience and avoid burnout. Come prepared to participate in discussion, exercises and role plays.

(FULL) B6. Model of Advocacy, Activism, Obstacles & Deflection
HUSSEY ROOM, 2ND FLOOR
Presenter: Genevieve Segura, PhD, State Advisory Committee to U.S. Committee on Civil Rights
The presentation will provide an overview of a model of advocacy that reflects change over time; how context and situational power have modified the issues linked to advocacy; and the importance of remaining open to diverse perspectives serves to strengthen one's advocacy and activism efforts. Participants will explore many opportunities to become involved in social issues and collaborate in an exercise to discover the most effective ways for their voices to be heard by the Civil Rights Commission, social media or legislative bodies. Most importantly, participants will be briefed about obstacles that could hinder their efforts. They will learn how to identify them and employ techniques known as "deflection" which can also fortify activism efforts.

 

 

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