Division of Diversity and Community Engagement staff members hope to participate in SXSW 2014 with a thumbs up from you.
The University of Texas Elementary School, the Longhorn Center for Civic Engagement and the DDCE all have panels that you can vote for in the competitive PanelPicker process that opened this week. Please vote for our panels…and let us know if you’ve pitched any we should vote for, too! Here’s more information about them:
Peace Table Talks: Students Rewriting History – University of Texas Elementary School
Imagine transforming your classroom into your very own United Nations and inviting historic figures to debate controversial issues. This panel session will demonstrate how and why this exercise teaches history, reading, writing, listening, and speaking through research, debate, and student performances. Integrated and relevant SEL skills contribute to a classroom environment where varying points of view are valued and empathy abounds. Participants will leave inspired to integrate SS, LA, and SEL and with the lessons and resources to make it happen. This panel session will be interactive with short video clips that model all aspects of the lesson. Four to six of my fifth grade students will be available to come and demonstrate how this lesson works and to answer questions and share their insights and lessons learned.
Creating the Next Generation of Civic Leaders – The Longhorn Center for Civic Engagement
How do we assess the impact of service on a college campus, and why bother? With the current boom in web-based analytics, information-sharing, and visual documentation, it is now possible to qualitatively measure the diverse impacts of community engagement on student and faculty volunteers and community partners. This session will focus on utilizing technology to prove and to highlight the impact of community engagement, in addition to virtually networking volunteers and agencies. Leaders from the Longhorn Center for Civic Engagement at The University of Texas will join an Austin-based developer in demonstrating the way the Center is able to fill a gap within the sphere of engagement. Attendees will also see examples of students and faculty who have been able to tell their stories and highlight several successful uses of various technologies, including GivePulse, a web-based volunteer management and recruitment platform, with integrated social media and reflection capabilities.
How to Stay Creative and Courageous in a Big Org
Creative and Courageous is the story of how to keep your creative energy while wrestling with the demands of a larger organization. It is the story of a writer and a musician who have day jobs, love social media and the web, but also have to balance their creative passions with their grown up gig. What does it mean to be brave on the internet? How do you navigate your personal brand while also promoting and navigating that of a much larger, more stoic organization? We will explore what has worked for us and solutions for having a personal brand while promoting a much bigger, messier one.
These other panels looked interesting, too:
Millennials are widely considered the most diverse and tolerant generation. Yet 1 in 2 young people report that they regularly see discriminatory language online, and 46% say it’s okay to use it sometimes, if you make clear you’re “just kidding.” At the same time, the digital realm provides opportunities to promote tolerance, with young people sharing stories of everyday racism and homophobia and fighting back against rape culture on Facebook. In this panel, leading voices confronting bias will bring to light the web’s intolerant underbelly and spotlight the creative ways young people are changing the conversation online. The panel features Beth Yohe of the Anti-Defamation League and David Zhou, cofounder of the Microaggressions Project and will be moderated by Noopur Agarwal, who manages A THIN LINE, MTV’s campaign to tackle abuse and discrimination in the digital age. Join us for an enlightening discussion that will illuminate how technology enables and can be used to challenge bias.
AT&T and the research firm, EthniFacts, share recent quantitative findings about the use of technology to sustain and promote culture. As U.S. Latinos grow in size, economics and societal clout, their proclivity to immerse in American or Latino cultural behaviors relating to language, media and social relationships will have an enormous impact on marketers and society in general. Technology is facilitating culture maintenance and exchange in ways that were unheard of for prior generations and resulting in significant changes in the U.S. marketplace today and for the foreseeable future.
Have you ever looked around in a department or staff meeting and noticed that you stand out? We are living in an increasingly diverse world and working for a better world but our society – and our tech and nonprofit workplaces – are not quite “post-racial” yet. The aim is for an open discussion for all of us “others” – and our allies – on being the only one of your kind in the room and how to pave the way for future generations.
Do you have a panel listed among the 4111 in the PanelPicker? Let us know so we can spread the word!