5:30pm in the Duesenberg Recital Hall

Shannon Watts is a mother of five who, prior to founding Moms Demand Action, was a stay-at-home mom and former communications executive. The day after the Sandy Hook tragedy, she started a Facebook group with the message that all Americans can and should do more to reduce gun violence. The online conversation turned into grassroots movement of American mothers fighting for public safety measures that respect the Second Amendment and protect people from gun violence. Moms Demand Action now has a chapter in every state of the country.

7:00pm in the Duesenberg Recital Hall

Taj Weekes is a Rastafarian musician, bred in the Caribbean but shaped by intercontinental life experience. He is a creative, poetic singer-songwriter who fronts a dynamic reggae band named Adowa. He is also an unwavering, energetic humanitarian whose dedication extends beyond his song lyrics into his social activism, an activism that has culminated in his official role with the United Nations as “UNICEF Champion for Children” and his children’s charity, They Often Cry Outreach (TOCO). Join us for an acoustic performance, storytelling and information about TOCO’s ongoing work.

5:30pm in the Helge Center

Nicole M. Garcia is an out and proud transgender Latina. She has a Master of Arts in Counseling from CU Denver, is a Nationally Certified Counselor, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Colorado. Nicole is also a candidate for Ordained Ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; she was awarded a Master of Divinity Luther Seminary in Spring 2018. In addition to her work counseling, speaking and writing, she works with churches to help congregations learn how to support trans youth.

5:30pm in the Brown & Gold Room (Harre Union)

Jemar Tisby is president of The Witness: A Black Christian Collective, and cohost of the Pass The Mic podcast. He is studying for a PhD in history at the University of Mississippi with a focus on race, religion, and social movements in the twentieth century. In his forthcoming book, The Color of Compromise, Tisby provides a unique survey of American Christianity’s racial past, revealing the concrete and chilling ways people of faith have worked against racial justice. Understanding our racial history sets the stage for solutions, but until we understand the depth of the malady we won’t fully embrace the aggressive treatment it requires.

5:30pm in the Helge Center

Shelley Mitek ‘79 is a Tax Accountant at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. After graduating from Valparaiso University with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Business/Management, Mitek held positions as a Controller and CFO, managing financial operations and functions of institutions such as PBS and the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington. Following those experiences, Mitlek began working as a Tax Accountant, with a focus on preparing tax returns for non-profit organizations, leading up to her current position at the Smithsonian Institution. An alumna who speaks to finding the intersection between practical skills and meaningful outcomes, Mitek is a must-see for any person who has felt the deep tension between taking the responsible path over an inspirational one.

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