Journeys Toward Justice! Changemakers Driving Justice & Equity Forward: March 23 Through April 23

The series is hosted by the University of Richmond’s Bonner Center for Civic Engagement. Starting Tuesday March 23 and continuing through April.

Journeys Toward Justice is a multi-college collaboration spotlighting changemakers across the country who are driving justice and equity forward. The goal is to connect students, partners, and communities with one another and help us all understand the local and historical contexts of universal social justice issues and the work communities are doing. This series of immersive events will take place during March and April and offer the chance to learn and engage around social issues near and far.

For information about each session and to register, link HERE.

To give you an idea of the breadth and scope of these sessions, see below for the first two of many:

Disrupting the Lost Cause Narrative: Protest and Healing in the Capital of the Confederacy
Richmond, VA

Tuesday, March 23, 3pm PT | 6pm EST
Speakers: Lauranett Lee, Historian and Member of the Monument Avenue Commission, and Brian Palmer, Peabody Award-Winning Journalist

In 1890, a 21-foot-high statue of Robert E. Lee, the first Confederate on what became Monument Avenue, was installed in Richmond, Virginia. Four other monuments on the avenue, symbols of Lost Cause ideals, came down this past summer after protesters took to the streets. Today, the Lee Monument is the last Confederate monument standing due to current litigation – but it has been transformed by paint and community activism. Dr. Lauranett Lee, historian and member of the Monument Avenue Commission, and Brian Palmer, Peabody Award-winning journalist, will speak about memorialization, protest, and healing in the former Capital of the Confederacy. University of Richmond students studying Monumental Change with Dr. Nicole Maurantionio, associate professor of rhetoric and communications studies, will then lead us in conversation.
Hosted by the University of Richmond’s Bonner Center for Civic Engagement

Border Stories:  Immigration and Humanitarian Work
Tucson, AZ
Friday, March 26, 3pm PT | 6pm EST
Speakers: Lauren Kostes – Managing Attorney, Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project; Vivekae Kim, Co-Founder, Stories from the Border; Meena Venkataramanan – Co-Founder, Stories from the Border

Stories about border walls, migrant caravans, and family separations have made national news headlines in recent years, but what does justice look like for the 33,000 migrants that were detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in prisons and private facilities this past year?  During this session, Lauren Kostes, Managing Attorney at the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project along with Meena Venkataramanan and Vivekae Kim, co-founders of Stories from the Border, will share their perspectives on the multitude of challenges facing undocumented immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers in Arizona.  Students will learn about advocacy and human rights efforts through legal and journalistic frameworks.
Hosted by Harvard’s Center for Public Service and Engaged Scholarship

Posted by Amy Sugerman
Amy Sugerman Assistant Director, Center for Civic Engagement Amy Sugerman