"GET WOKE": Activism in a Democratic Society.

"GET WOKE": Activism in a Democratic Society.

On Thursday, October 25, 2018, Barry University will host its annual one-day Undergraduate Mini conference.

This exciting all-day event includes panel presentations, workshops, guest speakers from local community-based agencies, and many other interesting sessions designed to help understand the role of Activism in a Democratic Society and the impact it has on our personal well-being, community engagement, and our overall quality of life.

Attending conference sessions may be required or optional assignments for many classes.  Instructors may require attendance to the conference as part of a class assignment. 


9:30  – 10:30 a.m.

Student activism in the U.S. and the World

Sean Foreman, Leah Blumenfeld, Jacob Ausderan, Tim Smith, and undergraduate students, Department of History & Political Science

Andreas Room 111

Science, not Silence! Out of the Lab and Into the Streets

Tamara Hamilton, Christoph Hengartner, Brenda Schoffstall, Mara Tsesarskaja, Leticia Vega, Zuzana Zajickova, Departments of Biology and Physical Sciences

Andreas Room 112

Media Activism at Barry University

Vicente Berdayes, Connie Hicks, Tiffani Knowles, Mahen Saverimuttu, and undergraduate students, Department of Communication

Andy Gato Gallery, Thompson Hall

10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

Local Struggles for Social Justice

Victor Romano, Associate Vice-Provost, Student Success and Undergraduate Studies
Karen A. Callaghan, College of Arts & Sciences

Andreas Room 111

The Riverines

Becky Flowers, Riverines organizer, Graduate Student, School of Social Work

Andreas Room 112

Songs, Images, and Technologies to Change a Changing World: The Art and Rhetoric of Activism

Laura Alonso-Gallo, Larry Byrne, Andrea Greenbaum, Ligia Mihut, Department of English & Foreign Languages

Andy Gato Gallery, Thompson Hall

The Role of Social Media Effects on Social Work Activism: Political Participation and Collective Activism

Michael J. Alicea, School of Social Work 

Kostka Room, Thompson Hall

12:00 p.m. –1:30 p.m.

Plenary Session

Tim Wise

Tim Wise, prominent anti-racism writer and educator will serve as the keynote speaker

Broad Auditorium

1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

Find Your Inspiration: Words Inspire Change

Olivia Adams, Robert Crespo, Holly Kachler, Madison Tranchina, Aiyana Gonzalez, Cecelia Barron, Nelson Porris Castillo, Lapri’ya M. Gray, Devonia Brown, Lataja Saunders, Abdullatif Albastak, Department of Communication 

Andreas Room 111

Games and Activism- An introductory workshop

Daryl Hawkins, Maxine Jeffery, College of Nursing & Health Sciences
John Hawkins (Lead Game Designer- Big Huge Games)

Andreas Room 112

Advocacy of the Arts through Social Programs

Giselle Rios, Department of Fine Arts

Andy Gato Gallery, Thompson Hall

Should Civility be the Goal? Examining the Discourse and Tactics of the Right and the Left in the Era of Donald Trump

Laura Finely, Department of Sociology & Criminology

Kostka Room, Thompson Hall