White Supremacy, Nationalism, Patriotism, and Social Justice
The Purpose of this social justice discussion was to bring together UMW students to engage in an in-depth dialogue, pertaining to the perceptions about race, and how they’re intertwined with white supremacy, nationalism, patriotism, and social justice. Through participation in the discussion, students developed a better understanding of their role in limiting the perpetuation of unjust and inequitable practices, they became more comfortable collaborating and interacting across cultural and racial barriers and boundaries, and identified what they could do as a community, through direct action and effective activism, to ensure that we’re able achieve an equal and just society for everyone around us.
I'm Not Racist, But...
This event provided attendees with a historical framework about how white supremacy has been allowed to thrive through a concentrated effort by our political institutions. The event had two components: We showed two different videos. The first video was 10 minutes long. It highlighted several examples of how white supremacy manifests itself in our everyday lives through public policy. The second video was 45 minutes long. It came from a PBS documentary entitled Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise which was produced in 2016. It showcased how the issues in the first video have impacted minority communities, particularly the Black community for the past forty years.
The Importance Of Civic Action In The 21st Century
This event had Ed Reed, Chief of Staff to Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, who delivered a keynote address to the young people and community members in attendance about why it was important for them to become politically and civically engaged, how it can impact their everyday lives through public policy, and the power of being an informed citizen casting their vote each election cycle. Also, we went over statistical data of voter participation in the past few elections, the voting laws, and recent changes to voting procedures, so people can get properly registered on site. It featured the Mayor of Fredericksburg, Mary Katherine Greenlaw, Marc Hoffman, Director of Elections for the City of Fredericksburg, Dr. Stephen Farnsworth, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and Director, Center for Leadership and Media Studies, and Hap Connors, Board member of the Commonwealth Transportation Board.
This is America
This event provided UMW students with the unique opportunity to discuss and learn more about the hot button issues going on in the United States of America during the summer and early fall of 2018.
The Truth Behind Illegal and Legal Immigration
This event allowed students to discuss the history of illegal and legal immigration in the United States, as well as immigrant rights, legislation, migrant workers, sanctuary cities, and border security. It featured the Executive Director for the Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights, Monica Sarmiento and Attorney Jennifer Cervantes.