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UAS Power & Privilege Symposium

Tuesday, November 6, 2018
8:15 a.m.–7 p.m.
UAS Juneau Campus
Portions will be streamed live over the internet
The Symposium is scheduled as a regular part of the university’s fall calendar; most classes do not meet on the scheduled day to allow broad participation by students, faculty, staff, and community members.

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Call for Proposals - Due 10/17/2018

Please consider submitting a proposal to speak at the upcoming Power and Privilege Symposium, located on the Juneau Campus on November 6th. Sessions are 50 minutes in length, and can be targeted towards introductory up to advanced learners. UAS Students, Faculty, Staff, and Juneau community members are welcome to present.

Proposals require:

  • 150-word or less summary/abstract
  • Session title
  • A faculty or staff sponsor for student presenters

For questions about the symposium, please contact Nathan Bodenstadt.

About the UAS Power and Privilege Symposium

The 3rd Annual UAS Power & Privilege Symposium is a one day conference-style event designed to give members of the UAS & Southeast Alaska communities an opportunity to explore dynamic and pressing societal changes through difficult, thoughtful, and honest conversations about the complex and increasingly diverse society in which we live.

The Symposium helps advance the university’s role in pursuing truth, advancement of learning, and the dissemination of knowledge in a setting supportive of free inquiry and discussion. Topics in recent symposia include ways social hierarchies and identities manifest themselves in our communities and discussions about the intersection of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age, religion, body size, ability, mental illness, and class.

Topics for the Symposium may be proposed by any member of the UAS community and are selected with a goal of sharing diverse perspectives and experiences. The one-day Symposium is scheduled as a regular part of the university’s fall calendar; most classes do not meet on the scheduled day to allow broad participation by students, faculty, staff, and community members.

While the Symposium will be held on the UAS Juneau campus, keynote speeches and a selection of breakout sessions will be available live via distance. Details will be added when available.

 

Symposium Program

The Symposium Program is released in October.

Schedule

Date / TimeEventLocation
8:15–8:30 a.m.Continental BreakfastSpike's Cafe
8:30–8:45 a.m.Aak’w Kwaan WelcomeEgan Library
8:45–9:00 a.m.Event WelcomeEgan Library
9:00–9:50 a.m.Opening KeynoteEgan Library
10:00–10:50 a.m.Breakout Session 12nd Floor Egan Building Classrooms
11:00–11:50 a.m.Breakout Session 22nd Floor Egan Building Classrooms
12:00–12:50 p.m.Lunch (Catered)Lakeside Grill
1:00–1:50 p.m.Afternoon KeynoteEgan Library
2:00–2:50 p.m.Breakout Session 32nd Floor Egan Building Classrooms
3:00–3:50 p.m.Breakout Session 42nd Floor Egan Building Classrooms
4:00–4:50 p.m.Breakout Session 52nd Floor Egan Building Classrooms
5:00–5:50 p.m.Dinner (Catered)Lakeside Grill
6–6:50 p.m.Evening KeynoteEgan Library

Keynote Speakers

UAS Staff and Faculty Panel

Join us in the morning for a keynote panel filled with UAS Faculty and Staff! A cross section of UAS employees will kick off the day discussing the ways that the concepts of Power and Privilege have affected their lives. Learn with us as we explore how identity, privilege, and power interact. Speakers will share experiences with attendees that highlight the ways that Power and Privilege can be used to empower communities, make change, and overcome obstacles.

Oscar Vazquez, Veteran, DREAMer, STEM LeaderOscar Vazquez, Veteran, DREAMer, STEM leader

The Power and Privilege Symposium is partnering with UAS’s One Campus, One Book program to feature Oscar Vazquez, the subject of this year’s common read, Spare Parts. Oscar will be featured at the afternoon keynote.

Like many DREAMers, Oscar Vazquez came to the United States as a child in search of a better life. He excelled as a STEM student at Carl Hayden High School and led an unlikely and inspiring story of a group of under-resourced Hispanic high school students who took on an MIT team in an underwater robotics competition.  But without legal status after graduating college, he couldn’t secure a job to provide for his new wife and newborn child.

He returned to Mexico to apply for a visa, and with help from Sen. Dick Durbin, who spoke from the Senate Floor about Oscar’s case, he was granted a green card in August 2010. Six months later, Oscar enlisted in the Army to serve the country he loves and calls home. Oscar served one tour in Afghanistan and is now a proud U.S. citizen. He is a passionate advocate on behalf on expanding STEM opportunities for Latino and other underrepresented youth.

Judy and Dennis Shepard, Matthew Shepard Foundation

Judy and Dennis Shepard, Matthew Shepard Foundation

Judy and Dennis Shepard, the parents of Matthew Shepard and founders of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, are presenting for their first time in Alaska at the evening keynote of the Power and Privilege Symposium, 20 years after the beating that led to the death of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming in 1998.

Following Matthew’s death, the Shepards began sharing their son’s story and their experience as the family of a hate crime victim. The Shepards work to create more compassion within communities and a stronger appreciation of diversity, with an emphasis on the LGBTQ+ community.

Through their work with the Matthew Shepard Foundation, the Shepards have helped provide a voice and support for LGBT youth across the country, assisted with the United State’s with creating and passing the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act in 2009, and create dialogue within communities about hate and acceptance.

 

Breakout Sessions

Breakout session proposals will be accepted early Fall 2018.

2017 Event

The Symmposium Program for 2017, which includes the schedule, keynote speakers, and breakout session details is available for download.

Keynotes and Recorded Sessions

All keynotes as well as select breakout sessions are available for viewing online. See the program (above) for a full descriptions.

Event Welcome and Opening Keynote

Afternoon and Evening Keynotes

Breakout Sessions in the Egan Lecture Hall

Breakout Sessions in the Glacier View Room

Sponsors:

We would like to thank our generous event sponsors of the 2017 event:

  • UAS First Year Experience 
  • UAS Student Activities
  • UAS Student Government

2016 Event

The program, which includes the schedule, keynote speakers, and breakout session details, is available for download.

Keynotes and Recorded Sessions

All keynotes as well as select breakout sessions are available for viewing online. A list of available videos:

  • Áakʼw Ḵwáan Welcome with Marie Olson & Liana Wallace 
  • Opening Keynote - Manic Depression in America with Andrew James Archer, MSW, LCSW
  • Session 1 - Stereotyping and its Effects in Evaluative and Performance Domains with Amanda Sesko, Ph.D; Assistant Professor of Psychology, UAS
  • Session 2 - Rape Culture: Hiding in Plain Sight with Mandy O'Neal Cole, Deputy Director, AWARE Afternoon Keynote - Dancing Soverenignty: Reclaiming the Grease Trail Through Movement and Song with Mique'l Dangeli
  • Session 3 - How Anthologies Empower Communities by Weaving Literature with Politics with Martha Amore, Professor, UAA
  • Session 4 - Examining Climate Change through a Lens of Power & Privilege with a panel of UAS faculty, staff, and student representatives
  • Session 5 - The Act of Dreaming: Undocumented Students in the United States with Christina Gómez, Professor of Liberal Arts and Director of Diversity and Inclusion, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Evening Keynote - Gender Transition: A Personal Change for One or a Paradigm Shift for Everyone? with Aidan Key

Sponsors

We would like to thank our generous event sponsors of the 2016 event:

  • UAS First Year Experience 
  • UAS Student Activities
  • UAS Native & Rural Student Center
  • UAS Counseling
  • SEAGLA
  • NAMI

Planning Committee Members

UAS Faculty

  • Andrea Haugen
  • Sol Neely

UAS Staff

  • Nathan Bodenstadt
  • Juliette Lowery
  • Eric Scott
  • Margie Thomson

UAS Students

  • Ele Ruchti
  • Daniel MacDonald