MSLC 2012: Imagine Tomorrow. Engage Today.
"The time is always right to do what is right." -Martin Luther King, Jr.
Attendees of the Midwest Service Leaders Conference will participate in peer-led workshops, roundtable discussions, a community panel, service projects, and the chance to hear speakers working to bring change to the world. Topics of the weekend's events include: creating change around social injustice, learning
successful leadership strategies, recruiting and retaining a peer volunteer force, developing partnerships in the community, and leading reflection sessions.
Friday, November 9th
4:00pm - 7:00pm Registration Desk Open, Alumni Memorial Union Second Floor Lobby
Friday Evening: Watch Marquette Men's Basketball take on Ohio State in the Carrier Classic! The USS Yorktown is a museum ship at the Patriots Point historical complex in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., in Charleston Harbor.
Saturday, November 10th
8:00am - 9:00am Registration and Breakfast provided, Alumni Memorial Union 3rd Floor
Don't forget to bring a canned food item (not expired) to the conference! We will be donating all of the collected food to a local food pantry!
Stop by the Information Fair taking place from 8:00am to 9:00am in the AMU open to all Midwest Service Leader Conference attendees!
9:00am - 9:15am Conference Welcome, Madeleine Bien, Conference Coordinator Opening Address, Sean Orr, Current Marquette Student, Alumni Memorial Union Ballroom E
9:15am - 10:15am Keynote Speaker - Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Executive Director of Voces de la Frontera, Alumni Memorial Union Ballroom E
10:30am - 11:30am Workshop Breakout #1, Various Conference Rooms in Alumni Memorial Union
- Food for Today - Hunger Task Force - Ballroom A
- Food for Today is an interactive hunger simulation lasting about 60 minutes. The goal? To provide one's family with sufficient, healthy food every day.
- Exploring Educational Disparity - Marquette University - Room 157
- In this workshop participants will explore the issues within the current American educational system, specifically what factors influence a student’s academic progress (i.e. poverty, home life, early childhood education, teacher and school quality, urban vs. suburban school setting). A role-play activity will help bring to light the complexity of these factors and how each contributes to educational disparity.
- Community Power Players: How to Identify Them and Become One - Marquette University - Room 163
- This discussion-based session will help interactively identify the typical needs of a community and the power players of that community. Milwaukee will be used as an example for discussion. We will then consider how other student leaders can find ways to better their own campuses and communities.
- Small School, Big Service - Wartburg College - Room 254
- Do you want to get your student body more involved in service? If so, this presentation is for you! We will show you effective ways to organize and plan large-scale service events through three main topics: connecting, recruiting, and continuing organizational strength. Be prepared to share ideas through activities and discussion.
- Social Justice Living-Learning Communities - Marquette University - Room 227
- This workshop will explain the benefits of being part of a living-learning community with people who are all interested in social justice. We will describe the experience of students in the Marquette Dorothy Day Social Justice Living-Learning Community, and explain how community fosters learning and meaningful reflection.
11:45am - 1:00pm Lunch provided - Ballroom E
Lunchtime Options: On-campus service projects with Marquette Volunteers, Interest Group Meetings
1:00pm - 2:15pm Professional Next Steps Workshops, Various Conference Rooms in Alumni Memorial Union
- Megan Anderson and Jessica May, Alverno College, Internship Program, "Packaging Yourself as a Change Agent." Room 163
- Erin Folstad, Marquette University, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, "Grant-Writing for Student Leaders." Room 157
- Susan Smieja, United Way of Greater Milwaukee, and Dr. David Howell, Milwaukee School of Engineering, "Advocating for Your Cause on Campus." Room 227
- Meet N' Greet for Higher Education Administrators, Brew Bayou, AMU Ground Level
2:15pm - 2:45pm Dessert Social, Alumni Memorial Union Ballroom E
2:45pm - 3:45pm Workshop Breakout #2, Various Conference Rooms in Alumni Memorial Union
- Let's Talk About Race! - DePaul University - Room 227
- This workshop will encourage students to learn how to engage in safe, honest, and constructive dialogue around assumptions on race and racism as it relates to service learning, ourselves, our campuses, and our communities. It will include: an overview of structural/systemic racism, how it relates to service learning, and how we’re all linked to this system. This workshop will focus on practical strategies for engaging with race and racism in your everyday life.
- Tutoring Beyond the Surface -Marquette University - Ballroom A
- Tutoring is amongst the most common service activities that college students participate in. Too often, however, we fail to define the role of a tutor, and we are quick to give a broad range of services the label of “tutoring.” In this workshop, we will address some of the challenges that tutors face, and identify effective strategies for tutoring across all levels and ages.
- Giving Structure to Service (and Leadership): An Ethnographic Study - Milwaukee School of Engineering - Room 254
- Three years ago, the Chair for Servant-Leadership at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) initiated a longitudinal ethnographic study to answer the question, “How is Servant-Leadership implemented at MSOE?” The result is an ongoing study that helps determine how Servant-Leadership takes shape in a university environment. Through surveys, field observations, and interviews, the researchers triangulated their data and drew conclusions pertaining to the social responsibility of developing leaders at an urban academic institution.
- From Carroll to Kenya: Water Issues, Global Partnerships, and Engaging Your Community - Carroll University -
- Carroll University students will depict their journey to Kenya and what it meant to the small community of Ribe, Kenya as well as to their Waukesha, WI community back home. The 8265.5 mile between Waukesha and Ribe seems long, but the issues the people face every day hit close to home. In this workshop, water issues in East Africa, creating and maintaining a reciprocal global partnership, as well as how to generate meaningful campus wide and community-based initiatives will be discussed.
- Working for Justice, Striving for Peace: Presentations by Szymczak Peacemaking Fellowship Recipients - Marquette University - Room 157
- Every summer, the Center for Peacemaking at Marquette University awards fellowship funds generously donated by the Szymczak family to Marquette students interested in peacemaking. These students develop projects to engage with the community and utilize nonviolent principles to work for peace and justice. Several fellowship recipients will present their peacemaking projects and findings and be present to discuss other students’ efforts in peacemaking and social justice.
3:50pm - 4:50pm Post-Grad Informational Sessions, "Making a Difference While Making a Living," Various Conference Rooms in Alumni Memorial Union
- Michael Grochowski, Pan African Community Association, Education Program Coordinator, Public Allies Alum, City Year Alum, Room 157
- Kathleen Patron, Common Ground, Housing Coordinator, Room 227
- Stephanie Jung, Wisconsin Campus Compact, AmeriCorps*VISTA Program Manager, Room 254
- Mallory Umar, HOPE: Semper, 3rd/4th Grade Teacher, Teach for America Alum, Room 163
4:50pm - 5:00pm End-of-Day Closing, Alumni Memorial Union Ballroom E
5:00pm Dinner on your own
Evening Activities - Please feel free to take part in campus activities provided to you or experience Milwaukee:
*Bowling at the MU Sports Annex
*Late Night options at Marquette University, including ice skating at the Pettit National Ice Center
*Movie at the Varsity Theatre on the Marquette campus
Sunday, November 11th
9:00am - 10:00am Workshop Breakout #3, Various Conference Rooms in Alumni Memorial Union
- The Key to a Sustainable Project: How to Consider Community Needs and Foster Community Involvement - Engineers without Borders - Marquette University - Room 157
- This session will discuss ways in which to foster sustainable projects in developing nations by reviewing and practicing recommendations that have been created by Engineers Without Borders (EWB) and Bridges to Prosperity (B2P) to ensure community engagement i9n projects undertaken by chapters within these organizations. Both EWB and B2P are international, non-profit organizations focused on bringing micro infrastructure solutions to communities in developing nations to address the world-wide issue of failed/non-existent infrastructure. A brief presentation will be given from the perspective of students from the MU-EWB chapter who have worked with both international NGOs to bring micro electrical and transportation solutions to the community of La Nueva Providencia in southwestern Guatemala, after which point attendees will put these concepts into practice.
- Wartburg Service Trips: Purpose. Outreach. Adventure. - Wartburg College - Room 227
- This session will present Wartburg’s student-led model for organizing a successful service trip program. A brief overview of how the program has evolved over the past 18 years will be presented, as it has grown from one trip of 13 participants to a nationally ranked program (BreakAway, 2012). Discussion will focus on the process of determining the program’s current structure, policies and guidelines, and will provide helpful tools for other schools looking to start or enhance a service trip program.
- Buddhism in a Social Justice Context - Marquette University - Ballroom A
- The teachings of Buddhism provide a unique perspective from which we can examine our personal acts of service and our thoughts on social justice. This will be an opportunity to consider our roles as service leaders in the context of an Eastern philosophy. Understanding varied perspectives on service and justice can help us to better conceptualize the meaning of our own actions in the world. Major themes from Buddhist philosophy covered in this workshop include consciousness, interconnectedness, compassion, and suffering.
- Name Your Experience - Carroll University - Room 254
- Come learn about how YOU have an impact on volunteering. Enjoy time figuring out which volunteer opportunities are best suited for you. Learn how to see the impacts of volunteering affect not only you, but others as well. Bring a smile and your name for a fun activity.
- Thinking More Deeply: The Art of Reflection Facilitation - Marquette University - Room 163
- What does it mean when we say that we learn more from the people we serve than they learn from us? How do we help students explore the depths of their service experiences? Reflection is a huge component of any successful service program. It helps individuals to make connections between specific experiences, broader social justice issues, and the structures in our society that uphold the current system.
10:00am - 11:00am Brunch provided, Alumni Memorial Union Ballroom E
10:30am - 11:00am *Enjoy the beautiful sounds of the choir from Repairers of the Breach, a local nonprofit in Milwaukee that is run by the homeless community and serves the homeless community.
Brunchtime Options: On-campus service projects with Marquette Volunteers, Interest Group meetings
11:15am - 11:45pm Group Reflection, Service Learning Program Student Staff, Alumni Memorial Union Ballrooms
12:00pm - 12:30pm Closing Remarks, Madeleine Bien, Conference Coordinator, Alumni Memorial Union Ballrooms