West Virginia Wesleyan College and the Center for Community Engagement and Leadership Development (CCE) is hosting its fourteenth annual Social Justice Week on campus, March 18-22. Themed “Educate. Advocate. Act.” the student planning committee created a diverse set of engaging events for the week, all of which are open to students, faculty, staff, and community members.
The week will begin with an informative lecture facilitated by Criminal Justice Professor Travis Zimmerman regarding the opioid epidemic in West Virginia and beyond. The event will take place on Monday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m. in Hyma Auditorium, located in Christopher Hall of Science.
Tuesday’s education platform will continue with “Poverty: A Showcase” in the Performing Arts Center from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. This event is the first of its kind! Participants will share their talents via artistic expressions to display their individual perspective(s) of poverty. At 7:00 p.m., Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson, director of the Highlander Education, will be sharing her expertise in the intricacies of intersectionality and identity. This lecture will take place in the Social Hall, located on the third floor of the Benedum Campus Center.
On Wednesday, the WE LEAD Invisible Illness team, in addition to other peer leaders on campus, will facilitate an interactive dialogue discussion titled, “What Should We Do about the Opioid Epidemic?” The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Social Hall, located in the Benedum Campus Center. Please come with an open mind, a listening ear, and a compassionate heart prepared to create change!
Expression night originally scheduled for Thursday, March 21 in Atkinson Auditorium has been cancelled
Friday will conclude the week with motivations to act! In the Side Dining Hall, located inside the French A. See Dining Center will be an Advocacy 101 event. From 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., participants can learn about constructing letters to their representatives, writing “letters to the editor,” gain tips for phone conversations, and more. Experienced faculty and staff members will be present to support anyone who wants to learn how to act. In the afternoon, the planning committee and student volunteers will setup the peace luminaries on the Wesley Chapel steps. This is a beautiful act of reflection and inspiration. Everyone is invited between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. to enjoy this wonderful symbol of hope.
All events are free and open to the public.