Save the Date for the 5th Annual CEW+ Advocacy Symposium


Join us virtually for our 2021 focus on Accessing and Navigating Systems on Tuesday, September 28 at 8:30 AM.

This year’s symposium will feature:

  • opening remarks by Christina R. Cutlip, PhD, Senior Managing Director, Head of Client Engagement and National Advocacy at TIAA. Dr. Cutlip is the head of the Client Engagement & National Advocacy team, which is responsible for expanding relationships with industry and government associations, while also focusing on client engagement.
  • the Mullin Welch Lecture given by C. Nicole Mason, PhD, who currently serves as the president and chief executive officer of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), a leading voice on pay equity, economic policies, and research impacting women. Dr. Mason is a political scientist and intersectional scholar with a focus on economic security, racial equity, and women’s leadership. Mason will share her pathway into advocacy work and how she approaches policy and social change with consideration for the intersectional impact of race, class, and gender. Registrants will receive a PDF copy of Mason’s publication Leading at the Intersections: An Introduction to the Intersectional Approach Model for Policy & Social Change. The keynote will be facilitated by Catherine Hadley, a senior majoring in Political Science and U-M’s 28th Truman Scholar.
  • the awarding of the 2021 Carol Hollenshead Inspire Award for Excellence in Promoting Equity and Social Change. Awardees include faculty, staff, and students (either an individual or a group) whose sustained efforts have resulted in greater equity with regard to gender, race, class, age, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Awardees will participate in a panel discussion titled, Amplifying Narratives and Engaging Communities to Create Systemic Change.
  • a capstone presentation by outgoing CEW+ Twink Frey Visiting Social Activist Dessa Cosma, MA, founder of Detroit Disability Power. Cosma will discuss her ongoing work to advocate for voting rights, emphasizing the importance of building the political power of the disability community. Cosma says, “I wish that more people understood that disabled people are a constituency of voters.” Although their needs and political affiliations are diverse, Cosma says, disabled people share common challenges that can be addressed through the political process.
  • the announcement of the 2022 CEW+ Twink Frey Visiting Social Activist, Theresa Anderson, MPP, PhD. Dr. Theresa Anderson is a senior researcher at the Urban Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan social policy organization located in Washington, DC. Dr. Anderson has led teams for over 10 years conducting mixed-methods research on important policy issues with the goals of reducing social inequity and promoting social justice. She is building a body of work on parenting students to inform policies that help support family wellbeing as parents pursue and achieve their education goals.

Registration coming soon!

Thank you to our Platinum Sponsor, TIAA

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