Justice in Action Conference Schedule

2019 Schedule

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.

Registration & Breakfast

AMU 1st Floor

9:20 – 9:30 a.m.


Jamal Epperson

AMU 157

9:30 – 10:20 a.m.

Keynote Speaker: Do Unto 'Other'

Tim McMurtry

This session will delve into the nuances and 'personal space' associated with effective representation of and advocacy for people/ causes in the name of social justice.

AMU 157

10:30 a.m. – 2:10 p.m.

Peace Room

Active Minds is proud to host the Peace Room at this year’s Justice in Action Conference. The Peace Room will be located near AMU 230 and it is designed to provide participants with a space and time for reflection and dialogue. Active Minds is going to have materials on hand for making your own essential oils necklace and engaging with adult coloring materials. The Peace Room will also have resources from campus and community partners available to help you identify "next steps."

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.

Active Minds is a student-led organization whose mission is to empower students to change the perception about mental health on college campuses.

AMU 230

10:30 a.m. – 2:10 p.m.

Art Expression Project

Art has always played an important role in justice movements, as individuals and groups express their struggle, frustration, love, and hope. Join the Justice in Action EXPRESSION PROJECT to add your voice.

AMU 1st Floor

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Action Workshops


Engaging Youth... Beyond Our Differences

Jeremy Triblett

It's no secret; youth-adult relationships can be strained because of unfounded perceptions, assumptions, and beliefs about people of different ages, races, and class. Throughout this training, participants will

1.) explore their own social-emotional skills and how they impact their ability to engage youth

 2.) learn youth-centered engagement practices designed to establish healthy adult-youth relationships and

3.) address biased perceptions, assumptions, and fears about urban youth.

AMU 163


Democracy that Does Justice

CRS & Rep. Kalan Haywood, Jarrett English, Angela Lang, Rep. Robyn Vining

Learn about State Representative Kaylan Haywood and State Representative Robyn Vining unique journeys that led them to public service, and hear about why they are fighting for a democracy that does justice. Hear from Angela Lang, Executive Director of Black Leaders Organizing Communities (BLOC) and Jarrett English, Senior Field Organizer from ACLU-Wisconsin about how they are organizing their communities to advocate for a more just society.  Empower yourself with the tools to advocate for a more just society through a workshop lead by Catholic Relief Services.

AMU 227


Marquette Takes Action

Wellness Peer Educators: Caroline Little and Jasmine Lahori

MU Takes Action is a comprehensive bystander intervention program. We will be presenting on bystander intervention in situations of bias, high risk drinking, and sexual violence. We will give you and understanding of the theory behind bystander intervention and different methods of intervention in dangerous or potentially harmful situations. This talk will discuss the topics of racism, sexual violence, and alcohol intoxication--if any of those topics could potentially be triggering for you, please use your discretion in attending. While information presented is not graphic, we do want to be considerate of those with past experiences that impact how they interact with these topics.

Henke Lounge (AMU 2nd Floor)


Check Your Privilege

Sheena Carey

AMU 157

11:45 a.m. – 
12:30 p.m.

Lunch Dialogues

During lunch, let's take some time to get to know each other! This is a space to dialogue about an issue for which you have passion. This is a discussion, not a presentation; come with your thoughts and questions. Grab your lunch before proceeding to your chosen dialogue. What would you like to explore?



Conversation Facilitator: Sonia Escamilla

AMU 305


Socioeconomic Injustice

Conversation Facilitator: Shauntia Carson

AMU 163



Conversation Facilitator: Claire Keyes

AMU 111


How White Students Can Create Inclusivity: Do Better Marquette

Conversation Facilitator: Cate Sullivan-Konyn

AMU 137



Conversation Facilitator: Mary Thao

AMU 313



Conversation Facilitator: Marycruz Sanchez

AMU 319


Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity

Conversation Facilitator: Dr. Jennifer Perdomo

AMU 140


Gender-Based Discrimination

Conversation Facilitator: Kanoe Montano

AMU 254


Justice System

Conversation Facilitator: Giuviny Hernandez

AMU 252


Faith that Does Justice

Conversation Facilitator: Kate Lawlor

AMU 227


Environmental Justice

Conversation Facilitator: Lelah Byron

Henke Lounge

12:40 – 1:20 p.m.

Knowledge Builders


MUPD - Community Engagement in Action

Chief Hudson

MUPD will explain what community engagement looks like on our campus and the surrounding community and will also provide a brief overview of their current community engagement activities.

Henke Lounge


Civil Dialogue Project: Having Difficult Conversations

Civic Dialogue Leaders : Marycruz Sanchez, Kate Lawlor, Cate Sullivan-Konyn

The Civic Dialogue Project at Marquette began last year in order to address concerns with the current political climate and to address issues highlighted in the recent campus climate survey. The CDL Project pairs 9 faculty members from across the disciplines with 5 Civic Dialogue Student Leaders (CDLs) who serve as discussion facilitators within the classrooms. The students help engage their peers in dialogue about difficult social justice issues. During this interactive workshop session, students will learn about the Civic Dialogue Project at Marquette, and about critical elements and techniques for successful dialogue. They will have the opportunity to practice their own facilitation skills. This workshop will be a great opportunity for those in leadership positions on campus and in the community to learn strategies for engaging in difficult conversations.

AMU 252


Justice: Bridging the Local and Global

Terence Miller, Director of Marquette University's Office of International Education

The national boundaries for justice are blurred or nonexistent. Local and global is a false dichotomy. Human rights, race, class, gender, and socioeconomic justice may have different cultural contexts, but causes for structural injustice are universal. This workshop will give Marquette students local resources for developing the skills, attributes and competencies to identify organizations that are bridging this divide and globally working for justice. This is the workshop for you if you always wanted to work globally, but uncertain how to identify and qualify for those global justice opportunities.

AMU 254


Beyond Marquette: Taking Action in the “Real World"

Panel: Anna Feeley, Pedro HernandezDora Drake, Sophia Torrijos (Moderated by Jamal Epperson)

Learn about where Marquette University graduates are now and how they have continued their journey towards equity and inclusion outside of Marquette. Hear from a panel of three recent Marquette alumni who are making a difference in Milwaukee.

AMU 227

1:30 – 2:10 p.m.

Knowledge Builders


Year of Service panel

Ricky Traner, Laura Perez, Suzie Considine

Are you considering a year of service after graduation Join representatives from Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, College Possible, and City Year about their own personal experiences. Students of all years and majors welcome.

AMU 227


Environmental Justice


SEAC will discuss the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how these global goals can be connected to our community.

Henke Lounge


Housing First and Ending Homelessness

Luke Rosynek, Housing Program Evaluator, Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Resources

Milwaukee County Housing Division implemented a Housing First approach to addressing chronic homelessness in August of 2015 when the homeless population was near 1500 total people, with 300 of them chronically homeless.

Today the total homeless population is near or below 800 and chronic homelessness has reached "functional zero." That is, if a Milwaukeean is found to be chronically homeless, they are able to access housing resources immediately.

AMU 252


Bridge the City Podcast - workshop or live podcast

Ben Rangel

In this session, Ben will discuss what he has learned about civic engagement and creating and producing his podcast, Bridge the City. Bridge the City’s mission is to bridge together people, resources, and ideas that inspire Milwaukee to Action.

AMU 254

2:15 – 2:45 p.m.

Call to Action: Justice that Moves

Ben Zellmer

How do we begin our work towards social justice? How do we sustain the effort required to fight for equality? The pursuit of justice is messy work. It is gritty work. It is unending, unforgiving, yet undeniable. This session will embrace the challenges that lie ahead of each of us. It will offer hope that the campus, the city, the nation, and the world that we are all working for are worth the effort.  By doing so, we will answer the questions: Where do we go next? And with whom?

AMU 157