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Voices of Social Change invites engaging storytellers to share their experiences as active leaders in the local community. The purpose of the program is to honor the social change work of these leaders, to connect people and resources, and to inspire people to engage in social change.

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Upcoming Events


  

                       


NEIL IRVIN

Thursday, April 17, 2014

6:00-7:30pm - Prince George’s Room; Adele H. Stamp Student Union-Center for Campus Life

Well known throughout the country in the field of youth development and gender-based violence prevention, Irvin has served as a consultant to The White House Commission on Violence Against Women and Girls, the Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women, Department of Justice National Advisory Committee member, to name but a few. He has been a regular lecturer at American University, George Washington University, University Maryland, and Howard University. Prior to joining MCSR, he worked for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene at the Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents. He is trained in group dynamics and facilitation, along with crisis intervention and one-to-one counseling. He is a state certified sex educator as well as a certified S.H.A.R.P. (sexual health and responsibility program) trainer. His experience covers all ages and genders, though the majority of his training and work has focused on middle and high school boys.



ANDY SHALLAL

Monday, March 3, 2014

6:00-7:30pm - Prince George’s Room; Adele H. Stamp Student Union-Center for Campus Life

Andy Shallal is an Iraqi-American artist, activist and restaurateur. He opened up Busboys and Poets at 14th and V Streets, NW Washington DC as a community-gathering place where racial and cultural connections are uplifted. Busboys and Poets is named after famed poet, Langston Hughes. Currently there are four locations in the DMV area. Shallal has founded numerous peace movements and is the spokesperson for Education for Peace in Iraq Center (EPIC), an organization that focuses on building peace through the advancement of human rights and advocating change in U.S. policy. He is a member of Restaurants Opportunities Centers United (ROC-United), whose mission is to improve wages and working conditions for restaurant workers. Recently, Shallal kicked off his campaign for the Democratic nomination for Washington DC mayor. Shallal wants the District of Columbia “to be great for everyone, not just for some.”


PAUL FARMER

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

6:00pm-7:30pm - Hoff Theater; Adele H. Stamp Student Union Center for Campus Life

Medical anthropologist and physician Paul Farmer is the Kolokotrones University Professor, Harvard University; Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School; and a founding director of Partners In Health (PIH), an international non-profit organization that provides direct health care services and undertakes research and advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty.


NANCY MEYER - Community Forklift

Thursday, October 24, 2013
6:00-7:30pm - Charles Carroll Room; Adele H. Stamp Student Union Center for Campus Life

Community Forklift is no ordinary home improvement center...

Nancy Meyer is the Business and Development Director at Community Forklift, a company that specializes in recycled and green building materials, and an activist on women's issues in Prince Georges County.

Community Forklift's mission is twofold: help people and the planet.

First, it keeps demolition debris out of landfills by giving the materials another life. Second, the retail store creates jobs and offers disadvantaged homeowners and non-profits a chance to buy inexpensive supplies.


Past Events

Hudson Taylor

Founder & Executive Director of AthleteAlly

December 3, 2013

Mona Polacca

Member, International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers

November 6, 2013

Chocolate City Documentary and Discussion with Ellie Walton

April 29, 2013

The Longest Revolution: An Evening with Gloria Steinem

April 23, 2013

Cornel West Lecture
February 14, 2013

Face of Homelessness Speakers' Bureau 
Faces of Homelessness Panel 
November 14, 2012 

Mark Bergel; Executive Director, A Wider Circle
Closing the Poverty Gap: One Man's Journey to Social Change
September 27, 2012

Barbara Ehrenreich
Counting Change: Making a Difference in an Indifferent World
May 1, 2012
Learn more about this event in The Diamondback

Beatriz Otero; CentroNia / Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services (Washington, DC)
Bilingual Education in a Multicultural America
April 19, 2012

Mazi Mutafa; Words Beats and Life
Hip Hop and Social Change
March 15, 2012

Tim Wise
Between Barack and a Hard Place: Challenging Racism, Privilege, and Denial in the Age of Obama
February 8, 2012
Learn more about this event in The Diamondback

Adam Schneider; Health Care for the Homeless
Triple Threats: Homelessness, Healthcare, and Oppression - A Dialogue about Advocacy, Organizing, and Creating Change
November 16, 2011

Suzanne Marcus; District Alliance for Safe Housing
Hiding from Hate and Finding Hope: Suzanne's Lifelong Campaign Against Domestic Violence in the District
October 20, 2011

Mayor Ortiz & Vinnie Bevivino
Environmental Justice: In Our Backyard?
April 14, 2011

Angela Lagdameo & Christina Lagdameo
A Family of Action: Two Sisters Making a World of Difference
March 8, 2011

Melissa Thompson
Turning the Camera on Change: Advocacy through Documentary Filmmaking
February 24, 2011 

Mary-Beth Levin; Prevention Works!
Attacking AIDS in DC: Pathways to Awareness and Prevention
February 16, 2011 

Paving the Way for Social Change: Young Alums Taking Action
November 30, 2010
The Voices of Social Change Committee at the University of Maryland is proud to present a panel of recent graduates that will be addressing the members of the University of Maryland community about their work at the forefront of social change issues. Speakers include Davey Rogner, founding member of Pick Up America; Sana Javed, organizer with UNITE HERE local 25; and Chris Lawson, founder of Youth Dreamers. 


 

HELP US FIND SPEAKERS

We are asking for your help in identifying potential speakers for the Voices of Social Change program. Voices of Social Change invites engaging storytellers to share their experiences as active leaders in the local community. The purpose of the program is to honor the social change work of these leaders, to connect people and resources, and to inspire people to engage in social change.

This program began in the spring 2010 semester with three sessions focused on social change in the coffee industry, in Haiti, and environmental justice with local community members. We are looking for individuals involved in social change work in our local community and the Baltimore-Washington area, and are asking for your help.

Do you have relationships with or knowledge of individuals you believe would be good at sharing their story with our students? Have you read about someone in the paper you believe has a story about social change that has benefited the Baltimore-Washington community?

If so, please email voices@umd.edu with their name, contact information (if possible), and any other information you may have about the invididual(s). Your help in identifying social change agents within our community is extremely helpful and is the most successful way for us to identify promising storytellers of social change. Each of our speakers will be provided a $500 honorarium.

Thank you very much!

The Voices for Social Change Coordinating Team
Mark Engelbert, Aarti Vadalia, Diana Daisy, and Meron Tesfaye