Summit 2020

Our Team !

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

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.

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. 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.


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, October 10, 2020

The summit will be held on Zoom.

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

Monday, October 5th, 2020

All attendees are asked to check-in at 11:45 am. Students will be sent a check-in form prior to being let into the Zoom meeting.

The Social Justice & Leadership Summit Opening Ceremony, with remarks by Dr. Paino and Dr. Landphair, will take place promptly at 12:00pm on Saturday, October 10th on Zoom.

Social Justice & Leadership Summit participants will be provided with a T-shirt and other items.

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, October 8th, 2020.

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