CO-SPONSORED EVENT | SCOR 2023 Social Justice Symposium: Deconstructing Democracy: Through the Lens of _____

March 24, 2023 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Michigan League, 911 N University Ave, Ann Arbor, Michigan

This year’s Social Justice Symposium will take place on Friday, March 24, at the Michigan League. This year’s theme is “Deconstructing Democracy: Through the lens of ____.” With this theme, we hope to create a safe space for students to share their unique perspectives on recent changes to democratic norms and institutions in America.

Breakfast and Keynote Address

We are privileged to have Tatyana Fazlalizadeh as our keynote speaker. Tatyana is a Brooklyn based artist and activist. She is a former University of Michigan artist in residence and completed her residency with the University of Michigan’s Institute for the Humanities. She spent a month in 2022 exploring race and gender with U-M students through her art. Her public art installation, the “To Be Heard” series, was seen all over campus. Using some of U-M’s most iconic buildings, Fazlalizadeh installed portraits of students to represent their experiences and stories. We hope that Tatyana’s keynote address will spark conversation about community engagement and encourage students to think about political activism and participation in new and innovative ways.

Lunch and Panel

Our symposium concludes with a lunch and a discussion about the past, present and future of student activism at the University of Michigan. The intergenerational panel will feature both alumni and current student leaders representing Black, Queer and Indigenous students. We hope that this symposium will generate conversations and connections across disciplines and ranks to advance SCOR’s goal of building a more inclusive and representative community at the University. The conversation will be moderated by SCOR’s Political Action Chair and attendees will also have an opportunity to ask questions to each panelist.