Racial justice, the role of elections and the media are among the topics slated for a series of panels open to the public at Western Washington University this weekend.
“The Power of Civic Engagement,” an annual program organized by WWU’s Ralph Munro Institute for Civic Engagement, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 9. The panels will be held in Miller and Fraser halls on the WWU campus.
State Sen. Pramila Jayapal, D-Seattle, will kick off the series at 10 a.m. with her keynote address, “Making a Difference through Civic Engagement.” At 12:30 p.m. local filmmaker Julia Clifford will screen her film “Children of the Civil Rights,” a retelling of Oklahoma City’s sit-in movement in the 1950s.
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The program aims to promote “civic literacy” among students and the community. All panel discussions are free to attend. Registration is 9 to 10 a.m. in Miller Hall.
11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Panel 1a: Public Policy Advocacy
Panel 1b: Media: Telling the Story, or Changing the World
12:15 to 1:15 p.m.
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Film showing: “Children of the Civil Rights”
1:15 to 2:30 p.m.
Panel 2a: Racial Justice I: Native Americans, Asian Americans and Law Enforcement
Panel 2b: Pathways to Global Citizenship
2:45 to 4 p.m.
Panel 3a: Racial Justice II: Black/Brown Lives and Law Enforcement
Panel 3b: Sustainability: A Humanistic Perspective
Open forum with panelists