Schedule for Day One - Tuesday, April 5, 2022
8-9:15 a.m. - How to Navigate and Grow as a Leader on Campus and in the Workplace: Self-Care Strategies and Other Tips
Speaker: Tiana Lawrence ’20 M’21
Moderator: Kathryn Nielsen
This session will provide attendees with the knowledge and skills required to navigate the opportunities and challenges available to emerging leaders. Drawing on her own experiences as a student of color leader in a predominantly white space and as the Program Associate with the Mel King Institute, a capacity and community building program that serves professional practitioners, and volunteer leaders in the community development field, Tiana will offer reflections, strategies, and tips. She will also share her successes and challenges navigating and growing in a student leadership position and in her professional role working on statewide racial equity and leadership development efforts. This is an opportunity to learn more about the importance of networking, building a solid team, verbal and nonverbal communication, and the necessity of utilizing self-care strategies in an academic and professional setting.
10-11:15 a.m. - Art as Sanctuary in Times of War: Reflections of a Young Palestinian Artist
Speaker: Malak Mattar
Moderator: Nancy Wynn
Twenty-two-year-old Palestinian artist will share snippets from her personal journey as a young Palestinian woman, an artist and a cultural ambassador. Growing up in the Gaza Strip and living through several intensive Israeli military assaults, Malak channeled her anger, anxiety, and despair into her paintings. Through skillful use of social media platforms, she shared her art with the world, offering insightful accounts of her life and struggle in Palestine while launching her career as an international student and an accomplished artist.
Noon-1:15 p.m. - Transgender and Non-binary Athletes: The Future of Gender Inclusivity
Speaker: Edward Carson
Moderator: Jackson Fortune-O’Brien
The prevailing attitude toward transgender and gender non-binary people has been exacerbated due to on-going cultural debates regarding identity. This session will explore the historical framework that has positioned sports and gender into the mainstream consciousness while delving into what institutions and states are doing in terms of being inclusive and exclusive. We will look at case studies while also discussing the needed changes for absolute inclusivity. Other topics of discussion will include the intersectionality of class and race in relationship to transgender athletes.
2-3:15 p.m. - Transforming Community: The Power of Art
Speaker: Marquis Victor
Moderators: Dan Vlahos & Elaine Ward
In this workshop, participants will learn about how Elevated Thought, a Lawrence based non-profit organization, utilizes creativity as a form of liberation on individual and communal levels.
4-5:15 p.m. - The Dressmakers of Auschwitz: The True Story of the Women Who Sewed to Survive
Speaker: Lucy Adlington
Moderator: Emma Polyakov
Author of the bestselling book The Dressmakers of Auschwitz: The True Story of the Women Who Sewed to Survive will share some of the stories of the women who used their sewing skills to survive the Holocaust, stitching beautiful clothes in an extraordinary fashion workshop within the Auschwitz concentration camp. At the height of the Holocaust twenty-five young inmates of the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp – mainly Jewish women and girls – were selected to design, cut, and sew beautiful fashions for elite Nazi women in a dedicated salon. It was work that they hoped would spare them from the gas chambers. Weaving the dressmakers’ remarkable experiences within the context of Nazi policies for plunder and exploitation, Lucy Adlington exposes the greed, cruelty, and hypocrisy of the Third Reich and offers a fresh look at a little-known chapter of the Second World War and the Holocaust.
6-8 p.m. - Restorative Justice: Harm and Healing
Speakers: Janet Conners “Mama J”, Clarissa Turner & Dennis Everett Jr.
Moderator: Brittnie Aiello
This session will begin with a screening of Circle up, a restorative justice documentary film about a group of Boston mothers who seek true justice for their murdered sons. Following the film, which has received national attention and recognition, attendees will have an opportunity to learn more about how restorative justice is being used for survivors to navigate their own healing process.