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Higher Ed Workshops at the 2010 U.S. Social Forum

Student Power: Organizing and Envisioning Democracy in Higher Ed

The 2010 U.S. Social Forum is almost upon us! The USSF is the next most important step in our
 struggle to build a powerful multi-racial, multi-sectoral, inter-generational,
 diverse, inclusive, internationalist movement that transforms this country and
 changes history.

When I first started compiling this list, I originally wanted it to be all student- & youth-related workshops at USSF. Then I looked at the list. There are literally hundreds of workshops that fall under that category: a hassle for me, but a wonderful sign for the left. In the interest of brevity and precision, I've listed here all the workshops that are focused at least partially on higher education issues and organizing.

As you can see, there are workshops looking at higher ed and students from just about every imaginable angle (and sadly you can also see how much scheduling overlap there is).

All the workshops are listed in chronological order, from Wednesday to Friday - the sole exception being the first entry, the Friday workshop I'm co-facilitating (blogmaster's prerogative!). Let me know if I've missed one, thanks!

See you all at USSF!

 

 

Student Power: Organizing and Envisioning Democracy in Higher Ed Fri, 06/25
3:30pm - 5:30pm
UAW Building: Escort
First Sponsoring Org:
Coalition for Student Power
We will introduce student power, its history & current tactics, and a group imagining of a more democratic & liberating university.
 
Defending Free Speech for Political Groups on Campuses Wed, 06/23
10am - 12pm
Cobo Hall: W2-64
First Sponsoring Org:
Harold Washington College Socialist Club
We propose that instead of student governments colleges have student unions and be democratically lead by students voting on who will represent them, and for their to be a a withdrawl of any restictions on political clubs,groups, or organizations.
 
Building student organizers out of nothing: how students without privilege can change shit too Wed, 06/23
1pm - 3pm
Wayne Co. Comm. College: 342
First Sponsoring Org:
Brooklyn College Coffee Collective
This interactive workshop will explore ways that students who lack resources and institutional support can work together to create change in their universities.
 
Advancing Community Engagement with Student Leaders Wed, 06/23
1pm - 5:30pm
Cobo Hall: D2-10
First Sponsoring Org:
CSU Center for Community Engagement
Explore the vital role youth play in shaping the development of student leadership programs for social change utilizing nationally recognized models from the CSU.
 
Demystifying the Budget Crisis for our Students and Communities--T4T Wed, 06/23
1pm - 5:30pm
Cobo Hall: D2-09
First Sponsoring Org:
Vampire Slayers
This four-hour workshop will model and give you practice in leading four different popular education activities to demystify the budget crisis that is deeply impacting our schools and communities. All materials will be provided—geared for California but can be adapted for other states. The activities are intended for adults and high school and college students.
 
Voice for the Voiceless, Organizing Part Time Faculty in Higher Education Wed, 06/23
1pm - 3pm
Wayne County Community College: 340
First Sponsoring Org:
Union of Part Time Faculty, AFT Local 477
Higher Education uses an increasing number of part time faculty to save money. This workshop will help those faculty members, as well as community members plan steps to strengthen the voices of and working conditions for part time/contingent/adjunct faculty members.
 
Building the NW Student Coalition Wed, 06/23
3:30pm - 5:30pm
TWW: 1
First Sponsoring Org:
Washington State University-Vancouver
The purpose of this workshop is to have a highly inclusive and engaged discussion of, for and about student coalition and solidarity movements for social and environmental justice. Students from the Social and Environmental Justice Club, Washington State University Vancouver will share a new model for student movement building called the NW Student Coalition (nwstudentcoaltion.net). By the end of the workshop and this years USSF, we hope to bridge more gaps between campuses in the U.S. with heightened student involvement in networking and solidarity.
 
Universities as Engines of Democratic Sustainable Development Wed, 06/23
3:30pm - 5:30pm
Wayne Co. Comm. College: 342
First Sponsoring Org:
Brooklyn College Coffee Collective
Strategize with Brooklyn College/CUNY to scale up the grassroots economy—student run coops, aquaponics, gardens, new courses and programs
 
Students and Social Movements Wed, 06/23
3:30pm - 5:30pm
Cobo Hall: W2-63
First Sponsoring Org:
Harold Washington College Socialist Club
Two HWC students and a moderator will present on leasons and perspectives on organizing on campuses and connecting with the world outside of academi to change the world.
 
Politics of the Contemporary American Student Left Thu, 06/24
10am - 12pm
Wayne Co. Comm. College: 348
First Sponsoring Org:
Platypus Affiliated Society
Within both historical and contemporary imaginations, university students are posed as playing an indispensable part in progressive and radical Left political movements. The twenty-first century student Left is hardly monolithic in its inclinations, ideologies and impulses. We welcome everyone concerned with the state of the contemporary American student Left, especially students and young people.
 
From Schools to Commons: Education Struggles Thu, 06/24
1pm - 3pm
WSU Cohn: 220
First Sponsoring Org:
Midnight Notes
Discuss tension in university movement between financial demands and demands to decommodify education, create knowledge commons.
 
Students and Workers unite! Strategies to build power in our communities Thu, 06/24
1pm - 3pm
UAW Building: Navigator
First Sponsoring Org:
Student Labor Action Project/ Jobs with Justice
This workshop will be a presentation of case studies of successful student-labor solidarity campaigns in campuses across the country. We will explore the strategies and tactics of each campaign and discuss new and innovative ways of building power in our communities through student labor solidarity. Hear from students and workers in the forefront of the fight and understand the new SLAP model being created nationwide.
 
Students in the Campus Anti-War Movement Thu, 06/24
1pm - 3pm
TWW: Fourier
First Sponsoring Org:
Students for a Democratic Society
SDS workshop addressing the need to continue building a student anti-war movement on campus in the post-Bush era.
 
Stop Speculators from Driving Up World Food Prices: how workers and university students can make a difference Thu, 06/24
1pm - 3pm
UAW Building: Ford
First Sponsoring Org:
Maryknoll For Global Concerns
Learn about a growing campaign of workers and university students who aim to stop speculators from playing with global food prices.
 
Organizing Against Student Debt Thu, 06/24
1pm - 3pm
WSU Manoogian: 112
First Sponsoring Org:
The Experimental College of the Twin Cities
We propose a workshop as part of organizing a national network for a global day of action in protest of student debt and toward the creation of a debt-abolition coalition.
 
The Democratization of Higher Education: The Crisis and Beyond Thu, 06/24
3:30pm - 5:30pm
UAW Building: Taurus
First Sponsoring Org:
Responsible Endowments Coalition
Panelists from The Responsible Endowments Coalition (REC), North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO), and the United States Student Association (USSA) will share strategies for collective student action, practices for demanding responsible investments, and tools for creating student-owned cooperative housing, businesses and credit unions.
 
Connecting Seemingly Distant Worlds: Integrating International Solidarity into US-based Student Organizing Thu, 06/24
3:30pm - 5:30pm
WSU Manoogian: 150
First Sponsoring Org:
Americans for Informed Democracy
This workshop seeks to provide a space for young organizers to explore principles and practice of international solidarity and apply new knowledge to current campaigns.
 
Student Research on Boston's Solidarity Economy Fri, 06/25
10am - 12pm
TWW: 1
First Sponsoring Org:
Students for a Cooperative Economy (S-FACE)
We, Wellesley College students, will present our research on the Boston solidarity economy and our cooperative learning methods.
 
Reclaiming the Ivory Towers: Students Achieving Access and Affordability Fri, 06/25
10am - 12pm
WSU Prentis: 10
First Sponsoring Org:
Michigan State University Young Democratic Socialists
Strategies for securing egalitarian access to free public education by pressuring university administrations, state and federal legislations
 
Think Strategy: Tools for Effective Student Organizing Fri, 06/25
10am - 12pm
Woodward Academy: 1472
First Sponsoring Org:
Americans for Informed Democracy
This workshop is for beginner to intermediate student organizers and will impart four concrete tools for planning effective student-led campaigns.
 
When they say cut backs, we say fight back! Understanding the movement to save higher education Fri, 06/25
10am - 12pm
Cobo Hall: W2-64
First Sponsoring Org:
Student Labor Action Project/ Jobs with Justice
Join students who have been in the forefront of the fight to save higher education. Hear what has happened in different states and how workers and students are fighting back against these attacks to higher education. Learn about strategies, new models of organizing against these cuts on the back of students and workers, recent victories such as the passage of the student aid reform bill and discuss new alternatives to the current system of access to higher education.
 
2010 Youth Agenda: Solutions For Our Communities From Our Generation Fri, 06/25
10am - 12pm
Wayne Co. Comm. College: 131
First Sponsoring Org:
Generational Alliance
Young “surge” voters were a huge factor in both 2006 and 2008, representing a coalition of key vote communities—youth of color, low-income youth, and LGBTQ youth. In 2008 we displayed our strength by voting in record numbers; a surge of new voters that changed the election. With millions of “surge” voters, 2010 will determine the health of our democracy for a generation. We need to have a clear plan for winning policy victories to reengage our communities. It’s a plan that will build the excitement and energy necessary to inspire a wave of Resurge voters in 2010.
 
The Fight for Education Rights: March 4th and Beyond Fri, 06/25/2010
1pm - 5:30pm
Cobo Hall: D3-18
First Sponsoring Org:
Students for a Democratic Society
Second: FIST - Fight Imperialism, Stand Together
This workshop will involved students from across the country that participated in the March 4th national day of action sharing their stories of struggles on their campus, as well as a discussion of how to move the struggle forward and next steps in the fight.
 
Youth Movement to Create a National Student Bill of Rights for Education Justice Fri, 06/25
1pm - 5:30pm
Cobo Hall: D3-19
First Sponsoring Org:
National Student Bill of Rights for All Youth
We are working to create a National Student Bill of Rights for All Youth (NSBR) that will become a driving force for youth and education justice movement building!
 
Harvesting Solidarity: Farmworkers, Student/Youth allies, and the Fight for Fair Food Fri, 06/25
1pm - 3pm
WSU Student Center: 289
First Sponsoring Org:
Student/Farmworker Alliance
The Student/Farmworker Alliance is a national network of students and youth organizing alongside farmworkers to end sweatshops and modern-day slavery in the fields. In alliance with the farmworker-led Coalition of Immokalee Workers, we've been at the forefront of winning some of the biggest victories against corporate greed our generation has seen, and we're just getting started.