Annual fall CEW+ Advocacy Symposium set for Oct. 29


The annual fall CEW+ Advocacy Symposium: Redefining Leadership will include a diverse group of scholars, community practitioners and international activists and will focus on embodying leadership in varied ways while advocating for change.

Mullin Welch Lecture Keynote Speakers Joy DeGruy and Stephanie Land will kick off the symposium Oct. 29 at the Michigan League during a keynote panel where they discuss how nontraditional leadership strategies can enhance advocacy work with a focus on self-care, resilience and systemic change.

DeGruy, who has a master’s degree in social work and clinical psychology as well as a doctorate in social work research, is an assistant professor at Portland State University, and authored the book “Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Enduring Legacy of Injury and Healing.”

Land is a fellow for the Center for Community Change and the Economic Hardship program, and her first book, “Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive,” was released in early 2019 and debuted at No. 3 on The New York Times Best Seller list.

The symposium will include various workshop sessions, including but not limited to:

  • Coping and Resilience While Conducting Advocacy Work.
  • Non-traditional Forms of Leadership.
  • How Political Climate Can Drive Advocacy.
  • Diverse Voices, Sex Discrimination, and the Role of Media in Advocacy.

Attendees will also participate in mindfulness exercises and roundtable discussion and have the opportunity to hear Carol Hollenshead Inspire Awardees Lightning Talks during lunch.

This working symposium is free and open to all.

The symposium is organized in partnership with Barger Leadership Institute, Poverty Solutions at U-M and Nicola’s Books, with funding from CEW+’s Frances & Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fund and the CEW+ Mullin Welch Fund.


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