Summit 2020

Are you ready?

The 2020 Social Justice and Leadership Summit is coming and you can now register to be apart of this life changing experience!

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Our Team !

Meet our instructors for this year’s Social Justice Summit!

Dr. Christine Henry is currently an assistant professor of historic preservation at the University of Mary Washington where she teaches classes in building investigation, architectural history, and tourism.  Recently, she has had an article titled “Who Moved the Blue Hole?” published in the Journal of the Society of Commercial Archaeology and co-authored a chapter in the forthcoming book “Contested Pasts: Urban Heritage in Divided Cities.” Before joining the faculty in Fredericksburg in the fall of 2015, she spent close to 25 years living in Washington, DC where she restored an 1888 row house, worked for the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and investigated historic sites whenever possible.  Her favorite place to learn about the city is from her own front porch.

Dr. Ranjit Singh is currently an associate professor of Political Science and International Affairs. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. He is a co-founder of the Middle East Association’s Committee for Undergraduate Middle Eastern Studies. Through nongovernmental organizations such as the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, The Carter Center, and Democracy International, Dr. Singh has served as an accredited international observer of elections held in South Africa (1994), Namibia (1994), Bangladesh (1996), Liberia (1997), Palestine (1996, 2005, and 2006), and Afghanistan (2009). In 2015, he wrote the final report for the British Foreign Commonwealth Office’s program promoting participation in political parties and coalitions in Afghanistan.

Dr. Melissa Martinez is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Affairs. She received her PhD in Political Science, with concentrations in Comparative Politics and International Relations, from the University of North Texas in 2018. She then took a one year visiting position at Luther College in Iowa where she taught courses in Latin America and human rights. She has co-authored publications in the journals Political Science Quarterly and PS: Political Science and Politics. She specializes in human rights, criminal organizations, and post-conflict societies in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr. Eric Bonds received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Colorado, Boulder.  His primary research interests are in the fields of environmental sociology; the sociology of war, peace, and conflict; and political sociology.  He teaches classes on Environment and Society, Political Sociology, Introduction to Sociology, and Social Issues.

Dr. Erin Devlin joined UMW in 2016 after teaching undergraduate and graduate-level public history at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She earned her PhD in American Studies at the College of William and Mary. Her work focuses on race, public memory, and social justice, and she offers courses in both History and American Studies, including a class called Civil Rights and American Memory that will be offered this fall. Her book Remember Little Rock was published by the University of Massachusetts Press in 2017, and examines the persistence of racial inequity in American schools. She is currently working on a historic resource study with the National Park Service focused on segregation and African American visitation in Virginia’s national parks during the 20th century.

Dr. Danny Tweedy is an Associate Professor of English in the English, Linguistics, and Communication program here at UMW. He graduated from VMI with a Bachelor’s in English. He completed his Master’s Degree at the University of Kentucky in American and African American Literature and his PhD at the University of Kentucky in 19th and 20th century African American Literature in 2006. His focus and areas of interests continue to be Trauma, Race, and the Politics of Identity.

Where to go?

The Social Justice and Leadership Summit will be held at the University of Mary Washington in Chandler Ballroom. We look forward to seeing you there!

Saturday- March 14, 2020

Location: University of Mary Washington (Chandler Ballroom C)

We are here

1301 College Ave, Fredericksburg, VA 22401


Most frequent questions and answers

The purpose of the Social Justice & Leadership Summit is to create a valuable and meaningful opportunity for high school and University of Mary Washington students to enhance their awareness of social justice issues and learn about strategies and resources to effectively address and respond to them. This annual summit provides attendees with an opportunity to build coalitions across cultural barriers, strengthen advocacy, and support the promotion of an equal, equitable campus culture and climate at UMW and in American society.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Chandler Ballroom C in the University Center

Students can register for the Social Justice & Leadership Summit on the Summit tab in the main menu.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

All attendees are asked to check-in between 8:15AM & 9:00AM in Chandler Ballroom C (1st Floor, UC). Students will receive their summit materials, t-shirts, and buttons.

The Social Justice & Leadership Summit Opening Ceremony, with remarks by Dr. Johnson and Dr. Landphair, will take place promptly at 9:00AM on Saturday, March 14th in Chandler Ballroom C.

Social Justice & Leadership Summit participants will be provided with:

· Meals for breakfast and lunch

· Note taking materials and folders

Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, on campus in your classes.

Due to the content being provided, it is required that students stay for the entire Summit.

If it is an unavoidable conflict, please email on or before Thursday, March 12, 2020.

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