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FOCUS SESSION 1, 1:15 – 2:15 p.m.

Hope, Action, Change: 50 Years of Memories
Presenter: Richard Morrisroe, Calumet College of St. Joseph, Hammond
Location: Christopher Center for Library and Information Resources, Room 205
Description: This presenter walked and worked with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the period from 1964 to 1968, most prominently in Selma, Alabama in 1965. He was introduced to Jonathan Daniels by John Lewis outside the 16th St. Baptist Church on August 12, 1965, who then drove him back to Selma. He and Daniels were arrested and upon their release, Daniels was shot and killed by a Deputy Sheriff, and the presenter was seriously wounded. Since his recovery, he has continued Dr. King’s commitment to change.
Moderator: Prof. Elizabeth Gingerich
Sponsor: Journal of Values-Based Leadership, the College of Business

Hope, Action, Change: Housing the Homeless
Presenters: Paul Schreiner and Carolyn Shook, Project Neighbors, Housing Opportunities
Location: College of Arts and Sciences, Room 236
Description: Two local community representatives, Paul Schreiner and Carolyn Shook, the Directors of Project Neighbors and Housing Opportunities, respectively, will present on the communal efforts of these NGOs and Valpo students to renovate the former health clinic building into “Neighbors Place” – a home for homeless older women.
Moderator: Prof. Barb Crumpacker-Niedner, Johannah Facer
Sponsor: Department of Social Work, Valparaiso University

Hope, Action, Change: Everyone Without Borders – Translating Hope into Change in Central America
Presenters: Professors Coleen Wilder, Amy Cory, and Dan Blood
Location: Harre Union, Brown and Gold Room
Description: Mentors and students comprising the Valpo Chapter of Engineers Without Borders will discuss how, through hope, determination, and action, they can actually help communities function sustainably. Currently, using students from across the campus, the group is helping a rural village in the Rivas Political District of Nicaragua to rehabilitate its water system.
Moderator: Prof. Jiangxia Liu
Sponsors: the College of Business, the College of Nursing and Health Professions, and the College of Engineering

Hope, Action, Change: Know Your Rights – React and Cooperate with Knowledge, Not with Fear
Presenter: Luis Bahena, Valpo Student
Location: Harre Union, Gandhi-King Multipurpose Room
Description: This presenter argues that in America people of color are stereotyped and targeted by members of law enforcement. Sometimes people are stopped in their vehicles with no probable cause. During these confrontations, people are often not very knowledgeable about their rights and so they cooperate with the police out of fear. The aim of this session is to heighten awareness about these issues and to educate participants about their rights and various aspects of the system of law enforcement (e.g., probable cause, police discretion, pretext laws).
Moderator: Prof. Allison Schuette, Prof. Liz Wuerffel, Prof. Stacy Hoult-Saros
Sponsor: The Welcome Project, Department of Foreign Languages and Literature

Hope, Action, Change: Sex as a Business Model
Presenters: Tatiana Carolina Zambrano and Loren Schmidt, Athena Society
Location: College of Arts and Sciences, Room 114
Description: It is almost impossible in American society to avoid women becoming targets of objectification and sexualization. This phenomenon has ultimately become a business model, however, as reflected in marketing and advertising campaigns. For many businesses, sex sells. A discussion of gender-related topics within the context of today’s business model is imperative to the feminist movement. A conversation needs to be started about the desensitization to these problems driven by free markets in today’s business environment, and this session aims to accomplish that goal.
Moderator: Julie Maddox
Sponsor: Athena Society

Hope, Action, Change: Movements – Utilizing Technology to Find Your Voice and Create Change
Presenters: Ryan Bye and Christina Ferrari, Residential Life, Valparaiso University
Location: College of Arts and Sciences, Room 234
Description: Do you Tweet? Have you ever blogged? Are you getting your information about the world through Facebook? This session will work through how one can utilize blogging and social media as tools for engaging with the world. The presenters will discuss the differences in platforms, developing an e-portfolio, and how social media can be a way to inform yourself and others about the need for change. The session will highlight several recent world events, including the Arab Spring, the Hong Kong demonstrations, and the Occupy Movement, and the role that social media played in these events.
Moderator: Deborah Singer
Sponsor: Residential Life

Hope, Action, Change: Working Inside-Out – Change the Self, Change the World
Presenters: Haajar Shaaban and Nadia Atassi, Muslim Students Association (MSA)
Location: College of Arts and Sciences, Room 231
Description: “God does not change the condition of a people unless they change what is in themselves” (Qur’an 13:11). While many groups that advocate for change employ a top-down method, Islam promotes a grassroots approach. In times of turmoil, Muslims look inside and change themselves because one can only create change when living a good life. In this session, the Muslim Students Association (MSA) will give a short presentation on this verse and its implications, followed by a discussion.
Moderator: Prof. Joseph Trendowski
Sponsor: Muslim Students Association (MSA)

Hope, Action, Change: MLK Celebration Featured Artist – N. Davina Stewart
Presenter: N. Davina Stewart, Artist
Location: Valparaiso University Center for the Arts (VUCA), Lobby
Description: This session will examine the interstices between “intimate” personal belief and the desire for social justice by examining the Poor People’s Campaign of Dr. King in 1968 and two of his last writings: “Beyond Vietnam” and “Where Do We Go from Here?” Eight issues addressed within these writings will be represented in two conceptual forms: an interactive installation and an investigative performance. Participants will face a gauntlet of reflective panels equipped with audio and visual references related to these concerns, culminating in a dramatic narrative performed during the session.
Moderator: Tracy Rongers
Sponsor: Art Department

Hope, Action, Change: Pass the Mike Session, Civil Rights Versus Civil Wrongs
Presenters: Professors Peter J. Venturelli and Gregory Jones, Valparaiso University
Location: College of Arts and Sciences, Room 115
Description: Professor Peter Venturelli (Sociology) and Reverend and Professor Gregory Jones (Theology) plan to begin this session with a brief listing of black adolescents and black men who died from confrontations with police officers, including Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant III, John Crawford, Jonathan Ferrell, and several others. As moderators of this informative session, their primary goal and emphasis is to solicit opinions and moderate an open discussion with the audience regarding the roles of crime control and civil rights.
Moderators: Professors Peter J. Venturelli and Gregory Jones


Hope, Action, Change: Ferguson and the Political Dynamics of the U.S. Justice System
Presenter: Prof. Derrick Carter, Valparaiso University School of Law
Location: Christopher Center for Library and Information Resources, Room 205
Description: This session focuses on the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri involving the fatal shooting of an unarmed African American man by a white police officer. Specific attention are given to racial profiling, the disproportionate number of people of color who are incarcerated in the U.S., and new restrictions on voting rights. The session encourages those in attendance to identify and act upon obstructions to justice in the spirit of the Civil Rights Movement.
Moderator: Prof. Elizabeth Gingerich
Sponsor: Journal of Values-Based Leadership, the College of Business

Hope, Action, Change: Living Fearless with HIV
Presenter: Gloria Manamela, Aliveness Project
Location: Harre Union, Alumni Room
Description: This presenter has been a strong advocate for people with HIV/AIDS for close to 15 years during which time she has shared and educated the community on how she contracted HIV. Gloria will share her personal and moving story about learning of her HIV status while pregnant, the impact HIV had on her marriage and how the virus is 100% preventable. Gloria will share her stories and address challenges of care, prevention, housing and various legislative issues regarding HIV and AIDS.
Moderator: Susannah Larson
Sponsor: Aliveness Project, Porter-Starke Services

Hope, Action, Change: Table Talk – Student Race Relations at Valpo
Presenters: Caleb Rollins, Brinesha Jackson, and Corrina Qualls, Valpo Students
Location: Harre Union, Gandhi-King Multipurpose Room
Description: This session will serve as a large forum for students aimed at tackling tough issues that are not usually discussed by students on a large scale. Possible topics include but are not limited to race relations among students at Valpo. The goal is to encourage students from opposite walks of life to engage in thought-provoking dialogue about sensitive topics. By encouraging students to freely express themselves about their experiences at Valpo, the presenters aim to promote diversity and inclusion on campus.
Moderators: Daniela Hill, Bianca Spencer
Sponsors: Student Senate, Black Student Organization (BSO), and Social Action Leadership Team (SALT)

Hope, Action, Change: Drawing Breath – Words and Images of Hope from Minidoka XX, the Art Diary of Takiuchi Fujii from Minidoka Internment Camp, 1942-1945
Presenter: Prof. John Ruff, Department of English, Valparaiso University
Location: Harre Union, Brown and Gold Room
Description: Takiuchi Fujii, a Japanese artist who owned a flower shop in Seattle, Washington, when Japanese pilots attacked Pearl Harbor in December of 1941, spent most of World War II at the Minidoka Internment Camp in Idaho, a fate he shared with his family and approximately 120,000 people of Japanese descent, two-thirds of them American-born citizens, who were confined in concentration camps in the interior. His art diary is a testament to the human spirit. The presenter will share images and words from and about that experience as captured in his drawings.
Moderator: John D. Ward
Sponsor: College of Arts and Sciences, Chinese and Japanese Studies

Hope, Action, Change: The Skin We Live In – The Dangers of Color-Blindness and Why Recognizing Race Does Matter
Presenters: Rocio Pulido, Christina Crawley, and Kelli Chavez, Valpo Students
Location: College of Arts and Sciences, Room 234
Description: This session promotes awareness of the fact that we do not live in a color-blind society. Despite claims that we live in a post-racial society, the shooting deaths of Trayvon Martin and Mike Brown demonstrate that racism is still very prevalent in the United States. Race is also highly correlated with numerous social stratifications, including socioeconomic status. By claiming to be color-blind, we ignore past and present racism and hinder the positive development of race relations. It is argued that the only way to create an inclusive, equitable society is to acknowledge race.
Moderator: Prof. Allison Schuette, Prof. Liz Wuerffel
Sponsor: The Welcome Project

Hope, Action, Change: Equity and Inclusion Workshop
Presenters: Assistant Dean Nancy Scannell and Adjunct Instructor Kevin Steele
Location: College of Arts and Sciences, Room 231
Description: In this session, two trained Diversity Facilitators will present the Equity and Inclusion Workshop. This workshop will heighten participants’ awareness of issues such as microaggressions and marginalization. The program is designed to foster a sense of community among all people.
Moderator: Carlos Miguel-Pueyo
Sponsor: Diversity Facilitation Committee

Hope, Action, Change: Gay Rights, from “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to Marriage
Presenter: Hannah Chapman, Valpo Student
Location: College of Arts and Sciences, Room 236
Description: The evolution of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation will be discussed through PowerPoint slides and videos, starting from the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy signed into law during the Clinton administration to the abolition of the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 during the Obama administration. Although marriage began as a right, it has become a privilege for some. The argument is made that the United States is moving towards making same-sex marriage legal, which will restore marriage’s true definition. This session will notify and engage the audience of this basic civil liberty that is becoming more and more complex.
Moderator: Kelly Belanger
Sponsor: Department of Education


Inclusion in the program does not constitute endorsement by Valparaiso University or the MLK Steering Committee of any of the views presented.

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