Social Justice Initiatives

Social Justice Teach-In Series

A Call to Civic Action:  Making a Difference
Thursday, September 19  |  5 p.m.  |  Chandler Ballroom C, University Center

At this event, representatives from OneVirginia 2021, NextGen America, and New Virginia Majority, will discuss why it is important for every citizen to become and remain politically and civically engaged, how it can impact their everyday lives through public policy, and the power of being an informed citizen casting their vote each election cycle. This event will be held in Chandler Ballroom C. Dinner and refreshments will be provided. It will last from 6 pm until 8 pm.

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The Current Reality of Immigration
Wednesday, October 2  |  6pm  |  Chandler Ballroom C, University Center

At this event, representatives from the Latino Student Association, Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights and the Jezic & Moyse Law Firm, will discuss the history behind U.S. intervention in Central and South America, ICE and CBP treatment of asylum seekers, the fight for immigrant rights in the U.S., and the positive impact of immigration on the U.S. economy. This event will be held in Chandler Ballroom C. Dinner and refreshments will be provided. It will last from 6 pm until 8 pm.

 


Human Rights Film Series

As part of our ongoing commitment to social justice and honoring the legacy of Dr. James Farmer, the James Farmer Multicultural Center proudly presents the Human Rights Film Series.   The Human Rights Film Series features films and documentaries dealing with issues and topics such as the rights of undocumented immigrants, the struggles of indigenous peoples to reclaim their cultures, and the crucial and significant role women played during the Civil Rights Movement.

All film screenings will be free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the James Farmer Multicultural Center at 540/654-1044 or via email at umwjfmc@gmail.com.


Social Justice Fall Break Trip

The James Farmer Multicultural Center is co-sponsoring a social justice trip with the office of the Vice-President for Equity and Access to travel the same route of the 1961 Freedom Riders from Fredericksburg (which was the first stop after they left Washington D.C.) to Birmingham, AL.  Dr. Farmer coordinated this trip in 1961 to protest the non-enforcement of the desegregated interstate bus travel. This journey will include stops at several of the same places the Freedom Riders stopped, whether it was to speak with other civil rights activists or student leaders at Bennett College in NC, meet and strategize for next steps in the trip in GA, or just to have a safe place to sleep for the night.  Along the way, we will be visiting the International Civil Rights Center in Greensboro, NC and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham, AL.  Other visits will include The King Center for Nonviolent Social Change and the Atlanta University Center in Atlanta, GA.

Date: Saturday, October 12 – Monday night, October 14.

Purpose: To give UMW students an opportunity to witness and learn more about the sites, history, and experiences of the Freedom Rides, and other significant landmarks and trailblazers of the Civil Rights movement, from a first-hand perspective.

Details: We will be staying Saturday night at the Emory Conference Center Hotel in Atlanta, GA and the second night at the Hilton Garden Inn Lakeshore in Birmingham, Alabama. The cost to secure your place on this trip is $67, which covers the travel and hotel rooms at both hotels. The $67 is non-refundable.   There will be four students per room in the hotels and each student is responsible for their own meals during this trip.  In order to secure your seat on the bus, you must register for the trip.  In addition, we MUST receive your full, non-refundable payment in the James Farmer Multicultural Center.

Register: Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students can register at https://forms.gle/NpA2m74FdGewPePu8.  You can come by the James Farmer Multicultural Center to pay for your space on this trip by cash or money order.  If you are paying with a money order, please make it out to The University of Mary Washington.  The James Farmer Multicultural Center is located in the University Center, Room 319. The deadline to register is Monday, September 23 at 5 pm.

Questions: Please contact cwilli27@umw.edu.

 

Previous Social Justice Fall Break Trip

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In October 2018, the James Farmer Multicultural Center is co-sponsored a social justice trip to Montgomery and Selma, Alabama with the African Student Union, Black Student Association, and Latino Student Association, for UMW’s Fall Break. We will be traveling to the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery and the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma.

The 2018 Social Justice Fall Break Trip gave UMW students an opportunity to witness history through the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum, by telling the complete story of not only lynching but the continual struggle for social justice and equal rights in the United States. Also, it fulfilled two of the goals outlined in the strategic vision of the University, as it pertains to promoting the values of service and social justice and immersing our students in applied, impactful learning experiences.


Social Justice and Leadership Summit

On Saturday, March 21, 2020, the James Farmer Multicultural Center will be hosting its third annual Social Justice & Leadership Summit. The purpose of the Summit is to create an opportunity for UMW students to develop a theoretical framework and applicable understanding of leadership, social justice, and allyship.  Additionally, this summit will provide attendees with an opportunity to build coalitions across cultural barriers, strengthen advocacy, and support the promotion of an equal, equitable campus culture and climate at UMW. We will have the participation of faculty members from the American Studies, History, English, Historic Preservation, and Psychological Science departments and student leaders representing the various organizations on our campus. During the lunch the portion of the Summit, a speaker will be delivering a keynote address about the importance of social justice, inclusion, and direct action.


For more information, please contact the James Farmer Multicultural Center at 540-654-1044 or visit our web page at http://students.umw.edu/multicultural.