Immigrant Youth Organizing at UConn and CT

Organizer:  Katy Villeda

Description: Join immigrant youth and allies for a roundtable discussion on the work undocumented immigrant students have done at UCONN-Storrs to make it a safer place for undocumented students and their families. We will also be discussing immigrant youth organizing around the state in the fight to open up institutional aid to immigrant students and what immigrant youth are pushing for now to create change at the state level.

*Light refreshments will be available.

Date: Monday, March 4

Time: 3:00pm-4:30pm

Location:  UConn Bookstore, Community Room

Lawtina: HERSTORY Lawtina: HERstory

Organizer: Latino Law Student Association

Description:  Did you know that according to the National Hispanic Bar Association, Latinas account for less than 2% of American lawyers? Join the Latino Law Student Association as we celebrate Women's History Month by discussing how the respective panelists' Latinidad has played a role in their career.

Food from Don Julio will be served!!!


Date: Monday, March 4

Time: 6:00pm

Location: UConn Law School, Blumberg Hall

Re-imagining Community Development from the Roots Up: How EWB is Leading the Way and developing mixed skill teams

Organizer: Engineers without Borders (UConn Chapter)

Description: Both STEM and policy professionals are needed to effectively solve the problems humanity is currently facing. This has traditionally been done through international aid and government intervention, but moving forward the need for grassroots development is growing. Our presenters will touch on the history and reception of aid followed by the way Engineers Without Borders has begun redefining what aid can be. The presenters will discuss the chapter’s activities, such as programs to end open defecation in an indigenous Andean community in Peru, as well as three local agricultural projects that service different areas in Connecticut. There will be multiple discussion questions and a project process simulation to invite all participants to share their experiences and opinions on how to continue developing a better

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aid model. As our world becomes more complex, interdisciplinary teams will become the best way to find novel and effective solutions to the problems of humanity. EWB is making the world a better place one community at a time. We invite you to become part of our community.

Date: Tuesday, March 5

Time: 5:00pm-6:00pm

Location: ITE 125

Marsha Mystery Image Marsha, Mystery & Martyrdom: The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson Documentary Viewing and Discussion

Organizer: UConn Black Students Association (BSA) and UConn National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Youth and College Division

Description: Join us for a viewing of The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson, a documentary highlighting Johnson's work a black transgender activist and drag queen in New York during the 1970s. A key figure in the Stonewall uprising of 1969, and AIDS activist, Johnson was seen as a joyful, yet troubled individual, driven by a greater purpose: gay liberation. Johnson's death was ruled a suicide on July 6th, 1992 after her body was mysteriously found in the Hudson River. In 2012, Johnson's case was reopened, and has since been questioned greatly by her acquaintances, friends, and the greater black queer community. The film will be followed by a guided discussion about intersectionality, activism, and martyrdom. Refreshments will be provided.

Date: Tuesday, March 5th

Time: 7pm- 10pm

Location: African American Cultural Center community room (407)

Youth Activism in Politics with Mae Flexer

Organizer:  Residence Hall Association

Description:  Mae Flexer is a political activist who has a seat on Connecticut's Senate. She is a UConn graduate with a BA and Masters in Political Science. Her main issues include public education, veterans, family and domestic violence, and senior citizen rights. She will be speaking about how she got involved in politics and youth activism when she was in high school and college, as well as what actions students our age could do to make a difference.

Date: Tuesday, March 5th

Time: 7:30pm- 8:30pm

Location: Babbidge Library, Class of 47 Room

EcoHusky Logo Plastic Film for a Change: Our Role in the World of Waste

Organizers: EcoHusky

Description: Plastic Film. What is it? Why is it a problem? What should we do with it? After a week's collection of plastic film by members of EcoHusky, an art installation to show the dramatic amount of plastic film we use will be created and shown in the Student Union. Plastic film (plastic bags, water bottle packaging covers, bread plastic packaging, and other thin, wrapping plastic) are often times thought to be recyclable and recycled with good intention, but are actually not recyclable in the mixed recycling bins provided. At recycling facilities, sorting machines are stopped every few hours for plastic bags to be removed and untangled and in the end, the plastic film is thrown away anyways. There are proper ways of recycling plastic film ( at grocery stores, Mansfield Transfer Station, etc.) but students are often unaware. This is just one of many disconnects between people and the waste system. We hope to have a conversation about the amount of waste we are producing (especially in packaging), proper recycling habits, and our lack of awareness about the very systems we are a part of. Please stop by EcoHusky's installation in order to learn more or ask any questions about proper disposal of our waste and plastic film! Bring your plastic film to drop off so we can help you properly dispose of it as well!

Date: Wednesday, March 6

Time: 11am - 4pm

Location: Student Union tables

Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Training

Organizer: Kelly Dennis

Description: Change the world by changing public knowledge!

Wikipedia is one of the most visited sites in the world, yet only 10% of its editors are women and even fewer are PoC or non-binary. As a result, artists (and others) who are women, people of color, and non-binary remain underrepresented. Help us change this by learning how to edit Wikipedia and then join us in the global edit-a-thon event on April 1st! Even if you can't make the training, join us on April 1st! Editing help will be available.

Training Date: Wednesday, March 6th

Training Time: noon-1:30pm

Training Location: HBL 1102; space is limited, sign up here:

Edit-a-thon Date: Friday, April 1st!

Edit-a-thon Time: 4-7pm

Edit-a-thon Location: Greenhouse Studios (HBL). Editing help will be available.

UConn Sustainability Committee Visions of the Environment: Community Mural of Student Voices

Organizer: USG Sustainability Committee

Description: We invite anyone in the UConn community to join us in creating a community art piece that embodies our concerns for environmental issues. Our aim is to give power to student voices through painting. Each person will create a tile that expresses their vision of what the environment means to them and the intersection of environmental and social issues.

These tiles will be used to create an overarching art piece that will be displayed at our second annual art show, Creative Intersectionality: Culture, Gender, and the Environment, run by the USG Sustainability Subcommittee.

Date: Wednesday, March 6

Time: 2:00pm-8:00pm

Location:  Student Union Ballroom (SU 330)

Supporting Foster College Students at UConn

Organizer:  Susana Ulloa, Center for Academic Programs

Description:  Foster college students at UConn represent a small, but a growing population of students. They have a great deal to offer as campus leaders and future professionals. This presentation seeks to bring awareness about who are foster college students on campus and how best to assist them in reaching their higher education goals.

Date: Wednesday, March 13

Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm

Location: Babbidge Library, Class of '47 Room

Walk a Mile: A Simulation

Organizer: Ray Guerrero, with support from International Affairs Association, Medical Humanitarian Society, Human Rights Ambassadors, and other volunteers

Description: Participants will have the opportunity to get a more personal and intimate view of the lives and experiences of refugees using virtual reality to tell their stories. Early participants will have the opportunity to experience the American vetting process to understand what asylum-seekers in the United States experience

Date: Wednesday, March 6

Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm

Location:  Dodd Center, Konover Auditorium and Lounge

Directing the Dialogue: How Global Health Literacy Builds Better Advocates, Activists, and Leaders

Organizer: UConn Global Health Symposium Organizing Committee (GloHSOC)

Description: The world is facing one of the greatest states of health disparity that it has ever seen. A child born in Japan can expect to live 43 years longer than one born in Sierra Leone (WHO). In the United States, this disparity can be seen between zip codes: from one suburb of New Orleans to the next, life expectancy can dip 25 years (RWJ Foundation, 2013). Health inequity is directly linked to social inequality: social determinants like economic stability, education level, social context, access to healthcare, and housing environment have been shown to decide health outcomes (ODPHP Healthy People, 2020). We see this in our country: in 2011, these social factors in impoverished communities accounted for over one third of the total deaths in the U.S. (KFF: Beyond Health Care 2015). It is our generation’s responsibility to address, advocate for, and act on the social determinants of health affecting the poor and to change the reality that, for many, geography is destiny. In this panel, we will be discussing how we can make global health issues and social determinants of health part of the conversation around change-making. We will make the case for why it is imperative for future leaders to be literate in the issues of global health, which impact millions in our own country.

Panel Mediator: Guerdely Jean (Political Science and Human Rights, CLAS '19), Human Rights Consultant, UConn Global Health Symposium


    • Akshayaa Chittibabu (Health, Policy & Social Medicine, CLAS '19), Executive Director and Founder, UConn Global Health Symposium; Former UN Foundation Global Health Fellow
    • Sahil Laul (Global Health, CLAS '19), Panel Coordinator, UConn Global Health Symposium; UConn@COP23 Fellow
    • Aziz Sandhu (Global Health, CLAS '19), Assistant Director of Operations, UConn Global Health Symposium; Fellow at CT Department of Children and Families
    • Luke Anderson (Anthropology and Nutrition, CLAS '18), Organizing Member, UConn Global Health Symposium; UConn@COP23 Fellow
    • Ciera Hunter (PNB, CLAS '19), Chief Financial Officer, UConn Global Health Symposium

Date: Friday, March 8

Time: 5:00-6:30pm

Location:  Homer Babbidge Library, Class of '47 Room

UConnHackathon HackUConn (website)

Description: HackUConn is a premier, fast-paced, 24-hour problem solving hackathon which allows students to form interdisciplinary teams and come up with creative solutions to modern problems. This year, the HackUConn theme is “Healthcare + Technology: Innovating Wellness.” With the support of our generous partners and sponsors, the event is 100% free to students and filled with giveaways, networking/mentorship opportunities, cool workshops, access to the Learning Community Innovation Zone, and the chance to win up to $2,000 in prizes! We are pleased to list this program as part of the “Youth for Change” Metanoia, as we believe youth can change the world by leveraging their ideas with teamwork, diversity of thought and creative problem-solving. Open to students from any major or background, we hope you will join us to change the world of wellness with your ideas!

All faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend the HackUConn Opening Exercises, Friday, March 8 from 6-8pm, as well as the HackUConn Team Pitches, Judging and Awards, Saturday, March 9 from 3:30-6pm. FAQs

Event Open to Students (do not have to be UConn students)

Date: March 8-9

Time: 6pm-6pm

Location: Peter J. Werth Residence Tower first and ground floors

Students can register in advance or register starting at 4pm on Friday, March 8 in Werth Tower

UConn College Access and Preparation Program (UCAP) Academic Day

Organizer: UCAP

Description: The program will include education on food preparation, nutrition and healthy eating and gardening for high school students from low income families that are preparing to be first-generation to college. Half of the students will begin by working with a SNAP-Ed nutritionist and a senior undergraduate student to prepare a healthy meal, and learn about reading a nutrition facts label. The other half of the students will learn about gardening and where fruits and vegetables come from by a senior University scholars student (utilizing the curriculum that she developed), healthy eating at the dining halls (from current students), and careers in the field of nutrition. In the afternoon, students will rotate, so that all students have the opportunity to take part in gardening and food preparation.

Date: Saturday, March 9

Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm

Location: Foods Lab and Room 229, Jones Building

Changing Campus Conversations

Organizers: USG and PIRG

Description: Come join USG and PIRG to learn about how "power players" have started grassroots movements and created change on UConn's campus. Students will have the opportunity to learn from UConn's most well-known organizers, activists, and leaders of social change in an activity where they will work in groups (with the "power people") to create a mock-grassroots movement. Groups will share their plans and USG/PIRG will help that group start the implementation of their plan.

Date: Thursday, March 14th

Time: 5:30pm

Location: McHugh 302

Law School Event Logo Rise in Hate: Islamophobia & Antisemitism in America

Organizers: Muslim Law Students Association & Jewish Law Students Association

Description: This is a joint event co-hosted by the Muslim Law Students Association and the Jewish Law Students Association to discuss the history of religious bigotry in America and its recent climb in society. Hate crimes against Muslim and Jewish communities have significantly increased in the past few years with the rise in Islamophobic and Antisemitic rhetoric in the media and elsewhere. We hope to discuss the root cause and how to counteract such rhetoric.

Date: April 2

Time: TBA

Location: Starr Reading Room at UConn Law School (Hartford)

Divided We Fall: documentary screening followed by facilitated discussion

Organizer: Graduate Employee Union (GEU-UAW)

Description: Please join members of the Graduate Employee Union (GEU) for a screening of the 2018 documentary Divided We Fall, followed by a facilitated group discussion. Divided We Fall chronicles the resistance against Wisconsin governor Scott Walker’s anti-labor and austerity agenda (Act 10) in 2011. Composed of footage from the month-long occupation of the state Capitol building that occurred in February to March of 2011 and interviews with protesters (many of whom were graduate students), scholars, and labor organizers, the documentary illuminates the successes of collective action, but also the fractures between groups that led to a breakdown of collective solidarity and power. GEU members will facilitate a critical discussion after the film, with a particular focus on lessons that students and academic workers can take from the 2011 protest movement in Wisconsin and apply to our own organizing efforts and direct actions.

Date:  Wednesday, April 3

Time: 6:00-8:30 pm

Location: Babbidge Library, Video Theater 1

Food Workshop and Soul Poetry

Organizers:  Emma Belliveau, Carlton Steer

Description:   What feeds our physical body and our creative side can often be one and the same. This workshop aims to get attendees to strengthen their own connection to food by having them work together to learn about, cook and eat food. The food workshop will combine both potluck and cooking class elements—allowing for dishes to be brought in as well as for food to be prepped during the event. People will participate in creating a meal together in the Jones building, and while they cook and eat, they will learn about what the food is that they’re working with and what ties it has to the environment, culture, economy and more. While this workshop is an important conduit to discuss different injustices of the food system, such as nutrition access and waste, we will also have the opportunity for personal artistic expression. There will be spoken word poetry shared by various volunteers that will revolve around topics related to the significance and spirituality of food. Having this event that combines hands-on learning with sharing of personal work will foster a sense of community among the people that attend and encourage an exploration of how we relate to food on a personal as well as systematic basis. By creating a safe environment to discuss social justice issues surrounding food, our event aims to allow attendees to explore our societal systems and step into their role as an informed citizen to demand change where it is necessary. By sharing art and food in a healthy way, we can set people with the mindset for producing a healthy understanding of the food system and ways to improve it.