Race, elections among topics at WWU panels on Saturday

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.

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.

Find a detailed schedule for the program at wwu.edu under the events section. Below is a list of panels and times.

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.

Lunch break

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

4:15 p.m.

Open forum with panelists

Kyle Mittan: 360-756-2803, @KyleMittan