9:45 - 10:15 a.m.
Opening Keynote: Nothing About Us Without Us
Cindy Bentley, Executive Director of People First Wisconsin
Jenny Fierro-Padilla, Coordinator for Student Wellness Programs
People First Wisconsin supports people with disabilities in Wisconsin in speaking up and being heard about healthcare, voting, employment, housing and transportation issues.
10:30 - 11:15 a.m.
Workshops - Attendees will select one of the workshop options for this session.
Queerness and Disability, Presented by Katie Jacobson
This workshop will serve as an introduction to the intersection between queerness and disability. Participants should be ready to engage in conversation about these intersecting identities with an open mind.
Democracy 101, Presented by Milwaukee Turners
Democracy 101 features a breakdown of the foundations of government at the federal, state, and local levels. This presentation provides an engaging, accessible, and non-partisan lesson on who is involved in government and what their roles and responsibilities entail. We will go in depth on Milwaukee representatives and their responsibilities, the city budget, and other aspects of local government.
It’s Time to Talk About Policing, Presented by 414 Fellows
This workshop will create an open discussion about the complexities of public safety and challenge us to think creatively about what it means to feel safe in our communities. Participants can expect to engage in conversations with one another about community care, accountability, and ways to plug in to this issue post-conference.
'Herida Abierta': Understanding Disability Justice Through Feminist Theory, Presented by Cindy Bentley and Jenny Fierro-Padilla
The session 'Herida Abierta' (Anzaldúa, 1986) is a space dedicated to examining widely known feminist scholarship and understanding how Disability Justice surfaces throughout texts. This session will be set up as a graduate-style classroom and aims to identify how writers within the second-wave of feminism incorporated wellness through their writing.
11:20 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.
Lunch and Experience - Attendees will select one of the options for this session.
Near West Side Tour, Presented by Near West Side Partners
AMU 137/Center for Leadership, Service, and Involvement
Come and explore the Near West Side! Marquette University is proudly located within Milwaukee’s Near West Side community. To showcase the pride of the Near West Side, the Center for Peacemaking is offering a 1 hour bus tour to explore historical landmarks, places to stay, and restaurants to visit in the Near West Side neighborhoods. The tour will include highlights of Marquette’s work to improve housing, safety, health, and economic conditions in the Near West Side and will include a stop for popsicles at Pete’s Pops, one of our Near West Side businesses. The tour, led by Marquette young alumni, will also focus on ways students are involved in the neighborhood and the work that Marquette is doing to live out Ignatian values.
Art Expression Project, Presented by Nicolas Lampert and Kim Cosier, local artists, activists, and faculty at UWM’s Peck School of the Arts
AMU 254 & Marquette Place
Curious about the relationship between art and activism? Join this workshop to explore the power of art as a force for social change. Participants will help paint a banner or screen print graphics designed specifically for this conference by Marquette students and Nicolas. Everyone who attends the conference will get to take home one of the screen-printed graphics (distributed during the resource fair). Come engage in the activism of art! Sponsored by the Haggerty Museum of Art and the Center for Peacemaking.
Narrative4 Story Exchange, Presented by Narrative4
Narrative 4 is a global network of educators, students and artists who use art and storytelling to build empathy between students while equipping them to improve their communities and the world. Using its core methodology, the story exchange, Narrative 4 helps students understand that their voices, stories, actions and lives matter, and that they have the power to change, rebuild and revolutionize systems.
Indigenous Milwaukee, Presented by Dr. Bryan Rindfleisch
This session explores the Indigenous roots, presence, and future of the greater Milwaukee area. Due to colonization, public amnesia, and narratives of erasure, our Indigenous brothers and sisters battle basic dignity and human needs related to their visibility in the past and present, hence this session dedicated to highlighting how Milwaukee has been shaped by - and is still shaped by - Native Peoples.
Art Expression Project
Curious about the relationship between art and activism? Join this workshop to explore the power of art as a force for social change. Presented by Nicolas Lampert and Kim Cosier, local artists, activists, and faculty at UWM’s Peck School of the Arts. Participants will help paint a banner or screen print graphics designed specifically for this conference by Marquette students and Nicolas. Everyone who attends the conference will get to take home one of the screen-printed graphics (distributed during the resource fair). Come engage in the activism of art! Sponsored by the Haggerty Museum of Art and the Center for Peacemaking.
The Marquette Counseling Center is proud to host the Peace Room at this year’s Justice in Action Conference. The Peace Room is designed to provide participants with a space and time for reflection and dialogue. Materials are on hand for restful and reflective activities.
Attendees should be mindful of the space as some individuals might be using this time to reflect quietly; if individuals do decide to engage in dialogue within this space, please lower voice volumes or engage in dialogue in a separate space. All are welcome to use this space to take a break from the conference as needed and necessary.