Cesar Chavez Convocation
The 13th Annual Cesar Chavez Convocation was on May 18, 2016 in the Colleges Nine and Ten Multipurpose Room. The Convocation honors the memory of Cesar Chavez, his achievements, commitment to social justice/civil rights, unrelenting efforts to cultivate grassroots leadership, and his successful formation of the United Farm Workers Union (UFW). This year’s Convocation keynote speaker was UCSC Alumni and Director of New York based Gathering for Justice, Carmen Perez.
To watch the keynote address by Carmen, please click below:
Gun Culture Roundtable Discussion
The Gun Culture Roundtable Discussion: Gun Control, Gun Rights and Second Amendement Issues was hosted on May 28, 2014 in the College Nine and College Ten Multipurpose Room. A wide breadth of experts in this field participated in our panel, including Harry Salzburg, Santa Cruz Chapter President of the Brady Campaign; Adam Winkler, UCLA Law Professor and Second Amendment expert; Walter Stockwell, founding member of the Liberal Gun Club Northern California and Guy Smith, blogger and author of the e-book Gun Facts. The event was moderated by UCSC Sociology professor, Craig Reinarman.
To watch the roundtable discussion, please follow the link below:
Spoken Word Artist, Storm ThomasThe Practical Activism Conference is a day-long student led conference featuring a keynote address, 10 workshops and spoken word performances. The 11th annual conference featured UCSC alum, Storm Thomas, as the spoken word artist. Storm Thomas is a playwright, performance artist, educator and award winning poet. This artist focuses their work on interrograting the intersections of race, gender and sexuality through the beauty of expression.
An evening talk with Aquil Basheer one the foremost expert and pioneer in the field of street violence intervention. He founded and operates the Professional Community Intervention Training Institute (PCITI), the nation’s only 18-week gang interventionist training and personal development academy. The course takes the onetime perpetrators of violence and turns them into peace counselors. It also puts forth an advanced theory of intervention that the needs of the whole community must be addressed to give residents the tools they need to empower themselves to stand up against violence. Aquil has professionally certified thousands of community based intervention peacekeepers throughout the nation. He has also served as as an anti-violence consultant in Latin America, Asia, and Africa. He presented at the Colleges Nine and Ten Multipurpose Room, UCSC on December 3rd, sponsored by the College Nine and College Ten CoCurricular Programs Office, Barrios Unidos, Chicano Latino Resource Center and the African American Resource and Cultural Center.
Presentation and discussion with Dr Adrienne Keene (Cherokee Nation scholar, writer, blogger and activist) about the important issues surrounding cultural appreciation and/or appropriation, especially in regard to Native People. We'll explore how "fascination with" and "longing to emulate" spring from an interest in indigenous cultures but often negatively impact our understanding of contemporary Native lives.
In CLTE-106: Expressive Arts for Social Justice, students explored their own creative outputs in order to inspire community dialogue around social justice stories and ideas. Through discussions, in-class creative exercises, reflections and open studio times, students found ways to use expressive arts to deepen their personal awareness and educate themselves and others on social justice topics. This slide show, created by the 2016 CLTE-106 students, is of an assignment in which they had to research and creatively depict an artist/activist.
Watch the 2016 Art Activism slideshow.