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2018 Spring Symposium

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2018 Spring Symposium Interest Form

2017 Spring Symposium

 March 30, 2017, in the Talley Student Center, State Ballroom, 8:15 AM – 3:30 PM. 

The Theme of the Symposium is:

Policy And Advocacy: Intersectionality of Poverty, Race and Gender.

At this critical time in our nation’s history, we must become informed, strategic policy advocates who improve the lives of vulnerable people. This symposium will examine historic and current policies that marginalize too many of us. You will leave with specific ideas and tools for advancing effective policy advocacy.

2017 Spring Symposium Agenda

Registration and Breakfast: 8:15 AM – 9:00 AM

Welcome and Introductions: 9:00 AM – 9:15 AM

Morning Keynote: 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM

About the Morning Keynote Speaker: Robin DiAngelo, PhD

Dr. DiAngelo received her Ph.D. in Multicultural Education from the University of Washington in Seattle. Her area of research is in Whiteness Studies and Critical Discourse Analysis, explicating how Whiteness is reproduced in everyday narratives.  She is a two-time winner of the Student’s Choice Award for Educator of the Year. Her work on White Fragility has been featured in Salon, NPR, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate and Colorlines.

Break: 10:00 AM – 10:10 AM

Breakout Session I: 10:10 AM – 11:00 AM  * An asterisk indicates topic is only offered once.*

Robin DiAngelo, PhD, OcracokeDr. DiAngelo will use an anti-racist framework to analyze common white rationales for silence in discussions of race. She will show how white silence, not enacted from an anti-racist framework, maintains white power and why it must be challenged.

Barbara Zelter, MSW, Hatteras: Personal life experiences make each of us "spit fire" about various policies we'd like to change locally and nationally. This workshop will describe the advocacy roles you can take and specific agencies and organizations that fit your particular concerns.

Miea Walker, MSW, Mountains/Piedmont: ​This workshop addresses the intersectionality of race, class, and gender as it pertains to mass incarceration. Walker will describe the latest North Carolina and national trends and will share a compelling personal story.

Jocelyn DeVance Taliaferro, PhD, Currituck: This presentation will celebrate the strength and energy of women's advocacy and highlight the ways in which women can engage in the policy process. It will also reflect on race and class tensions in the long history of women's advocacy. Action steps for engaging women in the fight for justice will be provided.

Jeffrey K Shears, PhD, Room 3285: Dr. Shears will discuss the implications of the intersectionality of poverty, race and gender for working with fathers involved in the Child Welfare System.

Break: 11:00 AM – 11:10 AM

Breakout Session II: 11:10 AM – 12:00 PM  * An asterisk indicates topic is only offered once.*

 Robin DiAngelo, PhD, Ocracoke: White people in the U.S. live in an insular racial environment that builds expectations for racial comfort and lowers tolerance for racial stress. White Fragility is a state in which even minimal challenges to our racial positions become intolerable, triggering defensive moves such as argumentation, invalidation, and claims of being “attacked” and not feeling “safe.”

Manzoor Cheema, MS, DVM and Barbara Zelter, MSW, Hatteras: The award-winning leader of the Movement to End Racism and Islamophobia will bust myths about Muslims and show how you can become a true ally to progressive practitioners of Islam.

Miea Walker, MSW, Mountains/Piedmont: ​*See session I description

Chief Deck-Brown, MPA; Commissioner Jessica Holmes; Chief Zuidema, Eric Tucker, MSW, LCSW (Moderator); Currituck: Workshop participants will discuss the impact of race, class, gender and poverty on relationships between communities and police departments. Participants and police chiefs will exchange ideas about how to achieve greater understanding and collaboration.

Jeffrey K Shears, PhD, Room 3285 : *See session I description*

 Break and Networking Opportunity: 12:00 PM – 12:15 PM

Lunch with Keynote : 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

About the Lunch Keynote: Catherine Alicia Georges, EdD, RN, FAAN; President-elect AARP

Catherine Alicia Georges, Ed.D., RN, FAAN, (President-elect) is professor and chair of the Department of Nursing at Lehman College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is president of the National Black Nurses Foundation. Previously, she was a staff nurse, team leader, supervisor and district manager for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York.  She serves on the Board of the Black Women’s Health Study and R.A.I.N., Inc. She earned her undergraduate degree from the Seton Hall University College of Nursing, her M.A. in Nursing from New York University and a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Vermont. She resides in Bronx, N.Y.

Break and Networking: 1:15 PM – 1:30 PM

Afternoon Plenary Speaker: 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

About the Afternoon Plenary Speaker: Chris Fitzsimon, Director, NC Policy Watch

Mr. Fitzsimon is the Founder and Director of NC Policy Watch – a progressive public policy think tank that is a special project of the N.C. Justice Center. Fitzsimon writes the daily Fitzsimon File, delivers a daily radio commentary that is broadcast statewide on the North Carolina News Network, and hosts News and Views, a weekly radio news magazine that also airs on the network stations.

Closing Address: 2:15 PM – 2:45 PM

Door Prizes: 2:45 PM – 3:00 PM

Ice Cream Social: 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Use the link below for Google Maps directions

Parking and Directions for the 2017 Spring Symposium

The Department of Social Work 2017 Spring Symposium will take place in the Talley State Ballroom, located in the Talley Student Union. Please be aware that highway construction in southeast Raleigh on I-40 to U.S. 1 in Cary may contribute to traffic delays as you travel to and from our event. Click Here to check on congestion so you can “Know Before You Go."​​ 

Parking Information

Campus parking is free and open to the public after 5:00 PM on weekdays and throughout the weekend, with a few posted exceptions. The best place to park for the symposium would be in the Reynolds Coliseum Parking Deck (use link for Google maps directions), which is located next to Reynolds Coliseum.

For more information, please visit the NC State Transportation page for Visitor Parking.

Directions to the Talley Student Union

Heading eastbound on Hillsborough Street, turn right onto Pullen Road (just before the NC State bell tower). Or, heading westbound on Hillsborough Street, turn left onto Pullen Road. Follow Pullen Road through the main campus, making a right onto Cates Avenue. Turn left on Jensen Drive. Coliseum parking deck entrance will be on your right. 

Take Aviation Parkway to I-40 east. Take I-40 to I-440 South - Outer Beltline. Take I-440 to Exit 2, Western Boulevard (towards downtown Raleigh). Straight on Western; left right on Pullen Road. Turn left on Cates Avenue. Turn left on Jensen Drive. Coliseum parking deck entrance will be on your right. 

Take U.S. Route 64 West. Take I-440 South - Inner Beltline. Take Exit 2 - Western Boulevard (towards downtown Raleigh). Turn left on Cates Avenue. Turn left on Jensen Drive. Coliseum parking deck entrance will be on your right. 

Take I-95 South to I-85 South. Take Exit 218, Route 1 South, to Raleigh (left exit). Follow Route 1 South for approximately 40 miles into north Raleigh. From Route 1 (Capital Boulevard) take exit for I-440 - Outer Beltline (towards Sanford). Take Exit 2 - Western Boulevard (towards downtown Raleigh). Turn left on Cates Avenue. Turn left on Jensen Drive. Coliseum parking deck entrance will be on your right. 

Take I-95 North to I-40 North. Take I-40 West to I-440 (Inner Beltline). Take Exit 2 - Western Boulevard (towards downtown Raleigh and NC State). Turn left on Cates Avenue. Turn left on Jensen Drive. Coliseum parking deck entrance will be on your right. 


Registration: SOLD OUT

*Registration fees non-refundable*