Change U: Enroll in the Revolution

Change U 2015/2016 is a free social justice program designed to connect GVSU faculty, staff and students with members of the community around issues of social justice. 

Cancelled--February: All-day Activist Assembly on Spiritual Violence: A Community Experience, a Community Response

Date: Saturday, February 13th

Time: 9am-4pm

Location: 2204 Kirkhof

In this day-long assembly, participants will learn how spiritual violence impacts the West Michigan community, share their own stories of experiencing spiritual violence, and identify the political, economic, and social forces that perpetuate spiritual violence in our community. This session will emphasize the impact of spiritual violence on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals and communities but will also include how communities of color and non-Christian communities experience harm. In the afternoon, participants will learn about current efforts to create safe and just spaces. At the end of the day, we will discuss strategies for organizing against spiritual violence, which continues to negatively impact the lived experience of marginalized communities.

Registration is closed. 

February: Media as an Organizing Tool

This workshop will cover practical tactics for dealing with news media in an organizing context. Participants will develop a greater understanding of how media functions in our society. Part of the workshop will also involve role-playing ways to intentionally navigate interactions with the media. In addition, participants will examine how media impacts the lives of underrepresented communities and learn strategies for creating media when doing social justice work. 

Date: Thursday, February 25
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Location: 2215/2216 Kirkhof Center

Register for this session HERE.

March: Queering Solidarity: From Savior Politics to Relational Justice

In this workshop, participants will explore the importance of moving beyond being an ally to marginalized communities to an examination of what it means to practice being in solidarity with those communities. Too often, those who identify as allies think they need to “help” people who experience oppression. In this workshop, participants will explore how to practice solidarity through both discussion and role-playing. Participants will examine what it means to queer solidarity as we work toward collective liberation.

Date: Thursday, March 17th
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Location: 2215/2216 Kirkhof Center

Registration for this session will be available soon.

March: Radical Organizing in an Election Year

Participants will develop strategies for how to organize effectively during electoral cycles. The discussion will include an analysis of the dynamics at play that pull us to abandon movement building in favor of representative electoral politics. We will also examine how social justice gains in US history have or have not been linked to electoral politics. Participants will develop an understanding of how to organize both within the framework of electoral politics and autonomously.

Date: Thursday, March 31st
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Location: 2215/2216 Kirkhof Center

Registration for this session will be available soon.