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#UMBlackout: Mobilizing Black Communities for Radical Transformation in the Digital Age

WHEN: February 11, 2016 8:30AM - 5:00PM

WHERE: Rackham Graduate School 915 E Washington St, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109

For more information and to RSVP: here

In honor of Black History Month the #UMBlackout: Mobilizing Black Communities for Radical Transformation in the Digital Age symposium invites your participation in a working session about contemporary black activist leadership for transformative change through digital forums. Through workshops, lectures, and a panel discussion, a wide variety of scholars, campus and grassroots organizers will engage in diverse reflections about the role of the internet in social change efforts through strategic mobilization. Join us in a collective discussion to advance discourse and direct action in community practice in the digital age.

Collective Working Goals:
Unpacking the role of the internet in community mobilization
Building bridges among scholars, national and campus activists
Learning from black activist leadership for transformative change
Establishing coalitions through solidarity across social identities
Promoting youth engagement

Facilitators & Presenters: 
Alexis Pauline Gumbs Ph.D - Community accountability scholar, activist and organizer

Andre Brock Ph.D - Professor in the Department of Communications and Digital Studies, faculty, University of Michigan

Austin McCoy - Department of History Doctoral Student, and Campus organizer, University of Michigan

Desmond Upton Patton Ph.D - Professor of Social Work, Columbia University

Jamie Hernandez Moshin Ph.D - Communications and Discourse Scholar, Staff at the National Center for Institutional Diversity

Jonathan Jackson - Head of Branding & Corporate Strategy for Blavity.

Kim Katrin Milan - International human rights educator, activist, organizer, artist

Mark Anthony Neal Ph.D- Professor of African and African American Studies, & Director for the Center for Arts, Digital Culture & Entrepreneurship (CADCE)

Morgan Mo Willis, Allied Media Conference Program Director, Detroit - based activist and organizer

Muniba Saleem Ph.D - Professor in the Department of Communications and Digital Studies, University of Michigan 

ZellieImani- National community activist, Black Twitter contributor, organizer, and youth educator

University Community Co-Sponsors
School of Social Work Community Organization Learning Committee, Center for the Education of Women, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, Office of Academic and Multicultural Initiatives, Department of History, Department of Communication Studies, Community Action and Social Change (CASC), Department of American Culture, Office of Multiethnic Student Affairs, Rackham Graduate School, Department of American Culture, Ginsberg Center, Spectrum Center, Department of Screen Arts and Culture, Trotter Multicultural Center, National Center for Institutional Diversity, People of Color Collective, Students of Color of Rackham, Association of Black Social Workers

Earlier Event: February 7
5th Annual Dilla Youth Day
Later Event: February 11
Demand Environmental Justice Meeting