Justice in Action Conference Schedule

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Saturday, February 19, 2022

Haggerty Hall - Olin Engineering

9:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Enter via the Olin Engineering Overhang Entrance - First Floor

Registration & Breakfast   

9:40 - 9:45 a.m.

Room 202

Welcome   

9:45 - 10:30 a.m.

Room 202

Opening Keynote: Melody McCurtis Deputy Director of Priorities/Organizer, Metcalfe Park Community Bridges Organizer, activist and fighter for the people  

Opening Keynote Facilitator: Grace Alvarez

10:35 - 11:15 a.m.

 

Workshop 1A:

Room 120

 

 

 

Workshop 1B: 

Room 198

 

 

 

 

 

 

Workshop 1C:

Room 160

 

Workshop 1D:

Room 170

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Workshops 1 - You will select one of the below workshop options for this session. 

Workshop 1A - Mass Criminalization: Histories and the Challenges with Reform; Presented by Marisola Xhelili Ciaccio and Dr. Robert Smith, CURTO

This session will include a brief historical overview of criminalization and a discussion considering the various approaches to challenging the criminal legal system.

Workshop 1B - Freedom to Thrive: The School to Prison to Deportation Pipeline and Reclaiming Our Power; Presented by Mia Valenzuela, Southeast Campus Organizer with Leaders Igniting Transformation

Interested in grabbing injustice and inequality by the root? It’s time to shed light on the systemic failure of black and brown youth and how it impacts our community today. Mia Valenzuela (she/her) will breakdown the school to prison to deportation pipeline in Milwaukee Public Schools and journey with you into the world of youth organizing. Together, you will discover how to unearth, organize against and combat injustices facing young people of color. The future is young, black, brown, and LIT!

Workshop 1C - Helping Women in the Criminal Justice System Live Healthier and Safer Lives; Presented by Jeanne Geraci, Executive Director, Benedict Center

Workshop 1D - Allyship is Problematic... Let's be Honest; Presented by 414 Fellows, Kat Becker, and Sessie Agbley

We’ve all heard the phrase, or perhaps even used the phrase or worn a button or sticker that says: “I am an ally”. But are you really though? Do we know what allyship actually means? And at what point do we label ourselves as that? This session is both a critical and introspective look into the terms ally and allyship. Using examples of recent events including the 2020 protests, the support and sustained decline for justice demands, this session encourages participants to engage and reflect about their involvement and participation in justice based initiatives.

This is a dope session looking at our misuse of the term allyship, and ways in which we can shift from performative nature to more consistent support for initiatives, people and communities that have been othered.

Black Lives Matter & Long Live Wakanda

11:25 - 12:05 a.m.

 

Workshop 2A:

Room 198

 

 

Workshop 2B:

Room 160

 

 

 

 

 

 

Workshop 2C:

Room 170

 

 

 

Workshops 2 - You will select one of the below workshop options for this session. 

Workshop 2A - Changemaking Panel; Presented by Mia Valenzuela, Jeanne Gerci, and Marisola Xhelili Ciaccio; Facilitated by Amanda Platt

Know exactly where you’re going and how to get there? Then this conversation probably isn’t for you. Join three local changemakers for a conversation about their own paths in community and justice work.

Workshop 2B - Moving Forward Through Changing Times; Presented by Amanda Smit, Program Coordinator, and Eugene Nelson, FSET Coordinator - Project Return

Project RETURN exists to help men and women make a positive, permanent return to community, family and friends. Our staff helps clients overcome barriers created by incarceration to help aid in a successful reentry. Whether a client needs assistance with housing or simply someone to vent to, they are welcomed at Project RETURN. Want to learn more about re-entry into the community, include jobs and training, mental health, and the impact of COVID? Come learn more!

Workshop 2C - Reversing the Pipeline: Pathways to Higher Education for the Justice Impacted; Presented by Corena Smith, Marquette Student, Alyssa Spies, Marquette Student, and Dr. Theresa Tobin, Director of the Education Preparedness Program (EPP)

The Education Preparedness Program is committed to developing, strengthening, and providing educational opportunities to formerly and currently incarcerated populations, expanding traditional boundaries of higher education by emphasizing collaboration across the Milwaukee community. EPP seeks to extend educational resources to an otherwise underserved population in methods which exemplify Marquette’s Jesuit values. This session will provide an overview of Marquette University's Education Preparedness Program (EPP), highlighting EPP's values and administrative approaches.

12:05 - 12:15 p.m. 

Lunch pick-up  

12:15 -1:00 p.m.

 

Lunch Dialogue Groups 

Use thelunch dialogue groups link above to see the dialogue topics, facilitators and room numbers

1:10 - 1:40 p.m.   

Room 202

Call to Action: Shar-Ron Buie, Certified Peer Support Specialist with Porchlight, Inc. and Community Liaison for the Education Preparedness Program at Marquette University

1:40 - 2:00 p.m.   

Networking and Resource Fair in the Common Space on the 1st Floor

 

Peace Room 272

 

Expression Project 1st Floor Common Space

Networking 

Network with presenters and conference attendees to learn more, discuss what you have learned, and what you plan to do with what you learned throughout the conference.

Resource Fair

You’ve attended JIA…. Now what? All too often we hear people say “get involved” but sometimes students never know where to start or what organizations are available to them. The purpose of the resource fair is provide an opportunity to explore organizations that may peak your interest. Grab a snack, enjoy good conversation with new friends, and explore ways to get involved on campus and in the community.

Art Expression Project Presented by Black Student Council

Black Student Council and Justice in Action are partnering to create a social activism art Expression Project. Stop by anytime during the conference to express your social activism through protest signs. The Expression Project will be on display in the CLSI (AMU 137) after the conference.

Peace Room

The Marquette Counseling Center is proud to host the Peace Room at this year’s Justice in Action Conference. The Peace Room is designed to provide participants with a space and time for reflection and dialogue. Materials are on hand for restful and reflective activities.

Attendees should be mindful of the space as some individuals might be using this time to reflect quietly; if individuals do decide to engage in dialogue within this space, please lower voice volumes or engage in dialogue in a separate space. All are welcome to use this space to take a break from the conference as needed and necessary.

 

All day   

 

Art Expression Project 1st Floor Common Space

 

Peace Room 272

Art Expression Project Presented by Black Student Council

Black Student Council and Justice in Action are partnering to create a social activism art Expression Project. Stop by anytime during the conference to express your social activism through protest signs. The Expression Project will be on display in the CLSI (AMU 137) after the conference.

Peace Room

The Marquette Counseling Center is proud to host the Peace Room at this year’s Justice in Action Conference. The Peace Room is designed to provide participants with a space and time for reflection and dialogue. Materials are on hand for restful and reflective activities.

Attendees should be mindful of the space as some individuals might be using this time to reflect quietly; if individuals do decide to engage in dialogue within this space, please lower voice volumes or engage in dialogue in a separate space. All are welcome to use this space to take a break from the conference as needed and necessary.