Social Justice Conference

Social Justice Conference: 
The Local, The Global

Saturday, October 25, 2014
Barsema Hall

9:00am- 9:45am 

Registration and Breakfast, Barsema Atrium

10:00am- 11:00am

Keynote Address, Barsema Auditorium

Allyson E. Gold, JD. “You Are Where You Live: The Unjust Relationship Between Housing and Health and What You Can Do About It!”

11:10am- 12:10pm

Morning Breakout Sessions (30 minutes each)

Session A:  Poverty (Barsema 211)

“The Economics of Discrimination,” Alicia Schatteman, assistant professor of nonprofit management in the Division of Public Administration and Department of Political Science, NIU.

“Poverty in Haiti before and after the earthquake,” Dr. Mark Schuller, Anthropology Department and NGOLD, NIU.

Session B:  Food Security (Barsema 213)

“Camp Power and Hunger in University Village,” Dr. Nancy Prange, Family, Consumer and Nutrition Sciences, NIU.

“Urban Gardens in Nairobi’s Slums,” Dr. Courtney Gallaher, Geography and Women, Gender and Sexuality Program, NIU.

Session C: Immigration (Barsema 219)

“Undocumented Students on Our Campus: The Global at the Local,” Sara Briseňo, Student Activist, Dream Action, NIU.

 Session D: Education (Barsema 227)

“Girls Education and the Gender-gap in Kenya,” Dr. Teresa Wasonga, College of Education, NIU

"Civic engagement and community involvement among Puerto Rican/Latino/a youth in Chicago” Dr. Laura Ruth Johnson, College of Education, NIU.


Lunch Barsema Atrium

1:10pm- 2:10pm

Session A :Activism (Barsema 211)

“GROW local activism,” Diana Alday, Student Activist, Honors Student, College of Education, NIU.

“Global Social Justice: An Engineering Perspective,” Taylor Bogan,

Engineering Student, NIU, President, Engineers without Borders, NIU

Session B: Gender and Sexuality (Barsema 213)

“Rape and Domestic Violence in South Asia,” Dr. Shweta Moorthy,

Political Science Department, NIU

“Local LGBTQ Issues and Allies,” Kyle Urbashich, Student Activist, PRISM, NIU.

 Session D: Environmental Justice (Barsema 219)

“Local Water,” Dr. Melissa Lenczewski, Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability, and Energy, NIU

“Water Access and Pollution Problems in Israel, Jordan and Palestine,”

Dr. Emily McKee, Anthropology Department and Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability, and Energy, NIU.

2:10- 2:30pm

Closing Remarks - J.D. Bowers, Ph.D., University Honors Program