Justice in Action Conference Schedule

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Friday, February 26, 2021

Noon – 4:00 p.m.

Conference goody bag pick-up
AMU 1st Floor, CLSI

Saturday, February 27, 2021

8:30 – 9:50 a.m.

Conference goody bag pick-up
AMU 1st Floor, CLSI

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Keynote Speaker: Dasha Kelly Hamilton
Creative Change: Justice with a Twist

Since the dawn of societies, humans have pursued and progressed across the spectrum of justice.  We've employed politics, engaged in wars, waged protests and campaigns, printed billions of flyers and knocked on millions of doors. By centering the individual voice, collaborative projects and creativity, Dasha Kelly Hamilton has impacted systems, conversations and people.  She will talk about her journey and offer fresh considerations for our collective aspiration for social wellness and a more just tomorrow.




11:05 a.m. – Noon

Featured Speaker

11:05 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Session #1:


11:05 a.m. –12:15 p.m.

Session #1:


Fair Housing: Ending Discrimination and Building Inclusive Communities

Erika Sanders
Fair Housing

This presentation will describe our fair housing rights and the forms of unlawful discrimination that still occur in our housing markets. We’ll explore the relationship between illegal housing discrimination and residential segregation, and will discuss ways in which we can work together to build more equitable, inclusive communities.


March On Milwaukee: Youth Activism and the Movement for Fair Housing

Rob Smith
CURTO | Marquette University

Adam Carr

This session explores the history of Milwaukee's youth-led open housing marches during the late sixties. Attendees will experience multi-media and archival documents tracing the movement to undue structural racism in Milwaukee's housing landscape.


Public Health and housing crises in Milwaukee and our community's response. How can you help?

Luke Rosynek
Housing First

Racism, Eviction, and COVID-19 are major public health crises facing Milwaukeeans today. How will we respond to these crises? How can 'Engagement' create a healthier community? How you can help?

1:00 – 2:10 p.m 

Session #1

1:15 – 2:10 p.m.

Featured Speaker:

1:15– 2:25 p.m.

Session #2:


Lost in the Law: Navigating Civil Legal Needs in Wisconsin 

MaryCruz Sanchez
Milwaukee Justice Center

We’ve all heard the phrase “If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed to you” but, did you know that for most civil legal issues, attorneys are not provided? Lost in the Law: Navigating Civil Legal Needs in Wisconsin will bring awareness to Wisconsin’s civil legal aid services and the gaps that exist throughout the state. It will demonstrate how socioeconomic, geographic and demographic differences may exacerbate these challenges when pro-se (self-represented) litigants navigate the justice system.


Civic Engagement and Advocacy through Community Philanthropy

Jordan Roman
Milwaukee Urban League

This session will explore what community philanthropy is how we as individual persons and leaders can create change through service and giving our time, talents and resources back to the community. We will outline ways to use advocacy through philanthropy to engage, support, and leverage stakeholders to address challenges, change lives and empower communities.

Black Changemakers Panel 

Jasmine Babineaux
Mr. Antonio Butts
Dr. Joya Crear
Bridgeman Flowers
Dr. Simon Howard

This panel will showcase a diverse group of Black Changemakers who will discuss their challenges, triumphs and path to leadership.  With panelists from Marquette staff, student body, and the Milwaukee community, this panel will have various perspectives to offer.  Audience members will gain a better understanding of various forms of leadership within the greater Marquette and Milwaukee community as well as how to best celebrate and support these leaders. Participants will hear unique perspectives and gain insight on the development and growth of a Black Changemaker. There will also be an opportunity to reflect on one’s own growth and journey in leadership after hearing from the panel to inspire further development and action as Changemakers.
The panel discussion will be facilitated by members from the Office of Engagement and Inclusion (OEI) Leadership team.

Allie Weis and Anna Denucci


2:15 – 3:25 p.m.

Session #2

2:15 – 3:25 p.m.

Session #2

2:30– 3:25 p.m.

Featured Speaker

Smart Justice in Action

Sean Wilson and Tomás Clasen

Join the ACLU of Wisconsin discussing the organization's Smart Justice campaign, learn how the Smart Justice campaign is framing the ACLU's organizing around the recently released Governor's Budget, and how to engage in Smart Justice in Action. 

The Tools of Action: Building True Student Power on Campus

Kendall Bennett and Breckin Sargeant
Leaders Igniting Transformation (LIT)

This workshop will overview the past and continuous history of student movements on college campuses. Facilitators Kendall Bennett and Breckin Sargeant will run participants through the history of largely unsuccessful student moments, as well as alternative organizing models geared towards success. This session will highlight Dare to Divest, a current state-wide, on-campus initiative that calls on administration to divest in campus policing and reinvest intocommunity care and restorative justice. This interactive workshop will be grounded in the idea ofaction— especially how students can take action to fight for justice on and off campus. Expect to leave this session with a greater sense of community and the basic tools needed in order to harness your power into action.


From Transactional, to Transformative Engagement

Angela Lang
Black Leaders Organizing for Communities (BLOC)

What does engaging a marginalized community look like? We will engage and talk about 1 model that shifts the transactional nature of organizing in the Black community to one that is more transformative and sustainable

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

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