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.
NANCY MEYER - Community Forklift
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.
Member, International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
6:00-7:30pm - Prince George’s Room; Adele H. Stamp Student Union-Center for Campus Life
Mona Polacca is a Native American spiritual elder from Arizona. She has worked to further social justice for indigenous people from an early age. She is an author in the field of social sciences, has held posts of responsibility as Treasurer for her tribe, served on several committees for Indigenous Peoples within the United Nations, and is widely known for her "leadership in the Native American revitalization movement." In recent years, Mona has gained international recognition for her work as one of the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers - a group of spiritual elders, medicine women and wisdom
Founder & Executive Director of AthleteAlly
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
6:00-7:30pm - Atrium Room; Adele H. Stamp Student Union-Center for Campus Life
Hudson Taylor, former UMD alum and NCAA All-American Wrestler, once decided that his closest-held values as a leader and student-athlete required that he stand up and say something about the homophobia and transphobia he experienced in locker rooms and on playing fields across the nation. His experiences inspired him to found Athlete Ally, a non-profit that educates and empowers athletes to combat anti-LGBT bullying in athletic programs across the country. The Voices of Social Change is proud to host Hudson Taylor - and invites all students, staff, and community to one of our Social Change lecture series for the semester – a series in which engaging storytellers to share their experiences as active leaders in the local & national community.
April 29, 2013
April 23, 2013
Mark Bergel; Executive Director, A Wider Circle
Closing the Poverty Gap: One Man's Journey to Social Change
September 27, 2012
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
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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