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Social Justice at the Convention Committee (March 2021)

SJAC Mission Statement:

The Social Justice at the Convention (SJAC) Committee is committed to the principles of diversity, inclusion, equity, fairness, access, and equal representation in all aspects of our profession and in all the communities that we inhabit. We promote and advance these principles through education and activism at our annual convention: opposing racism and other forms of systemic oppression, providing forums for those whose voices have been silenced or marginalized, and promoting cultural change that will guarantee equal opportunities for all, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexuality, or national origin.

Email SJAC Co-Chair Michael Pemberton with questions.

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Upcoming Social Justice Events at CCCC 2020. Please add these to your calendar!

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Bus tour of Milwaukee to discuss its segregated history, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Be sure to sign up early because space is limited:

Tour #1: Northside of MKE

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Local Activist Panel, 10:30-11:45 a.m., Hilton Milwaukee City Center, Regency Ballroom

A panel of representatives from four activist groups in the Milwaukee community will discuss some of the overlapping local issues that complicate social justice work. This panel will lead-in to Friday’s featured session with Matthew Desmond, author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City and discuss several of the issues Desmond’s book addresses: eviction, homelessness, hunger, abuse and rape, drug addiction, educational attainment, and community support.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Cross-Caucus Social Event, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

The cross-caucus event will be a dessert gathering at the Wisconsin Center on Friday evening–the CCCC’s food truck event will be held nearby, so stop over after dinner!

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Bus tour of Milwaukee to discuss its segregated history, 11:30-1:00 p.m.:

Tour #2: Southside of MKE

Please take a minute and also stop by these SJAC points of support for attendees:
  1. SJAC table in the convention hall:
    The SJAC will have a table in the convention hall where committee members can answer questions and provide information about the committee as well as its sponsored events at the convention.
  2. Micro-Mentoring Booths at the Action Hub:
    We will have a table in the Action Hub that offers the opportunity both to “drop in” at the table to chat with teacher-scholars at various institution types and stages of their careers or to sign up on a paper sheet available at the table. Our goal is to give mentees an opportunity to open a conversation that is crucial for feeling a sense of belonging in the academy but that may not naturally occur in the short time period of the convention.
  3. Tai Chi/QiGong/Contemplative Space:
    Several “contemplative space” sessions – yoga, tai chi, and qigong – will be scheduled during the convention to give attendees the opportunity to stretch, relax, and wind down from sessions and activities. While the final scheduling for these sessions is still being developed, the sessions will be available in a section of the atrium in the Wisconsin Center.
  4. Pick up a C’s the Day booklet (available at the table for Council of Play and Games Studies in the convention hall), the official conference game of CCCC 2020:
    This year, the game is focused on supporting underrepresented scholars and scholarship, and the booklet will highlight SJAC panels as well as other events and networking opportunities that circulate around justice and equity (and also free food and drinks!)
Committee Members

Michael Pemberton, Co-Chair
Maria Novotny, Co-Chair (Local Arrangements Chair)
Sonia Arellano
Michael Baumann
Antonio Byrd
Nina Feng
Iklim Goksel
Mara Lee Grayson
David Green
Lee Gullickson
Al Harahap
Holly Hassel
Brian Hendrickson
Liz Lane
Maria Prikhodko
Justin Rademaekers
Kristen Ruccio
Dagmar Scharold
Mat Sillito
Don Unger

Committee Charge
  1. Work with the program chair to understand their vision for the program and collaboratively outline a scope for the SJAC’s efforts at the convention within this vision.
  2. Within the program chair’s vision, collaborate with the local committee chair to develop social justice and local engagement activities that complement the convention theme, either via activities co-located or co-proximal to the convention, activities built into the convention program, and/or some other alternative.
  3. Regularly report the SJAC Committee’s work to the membership over the course of each year, inviting CCCC member volunteers and promoting attendee participation in activities at the convention.
  4. Promote a “culture of accessibility” at the convention through member education and by organizing sustainable methods of increasing member access and engagement, onsite and online, during the convention and post-convention.
  5. Assess each year’s activities and, within a month following the close of convention, develop a report with recommendations for the following year’s program chair and the EC.

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